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The Aluminium Cathedral
To date, I have collected 293 different tabs, of which 40 were not made of aluminum.
The most common tab in the United States, the oval Type I silver (this tab has 5 sub-varieties) accounts for 96.217% of the tabs I have collected so far, they weigh 10.4 ounces per 1,000. I have also encountered this tab in 6 shades of blue, 4 shades of green, yellow, two shades of orange, black, purple and pink, 2 shades of red, gold, and 2 errors where the color is on the back instead of the top. Medium blue by the way is the 4th most common tab, and light green is the 5th most common tab, though the Bud Red Tab and Monster are slowly changing those demographics.
The second most common tab is the type III silver. It accounts for 1.2111% of the tabs I have collected and is primarily found on 24 ounce beer cans, and sodas from the late 1970's, early 1980's. These tabs weigh in at 14.7 ounces per 1,000, and therefore is 41.3% heavier than the type I tab. I have encountered this tab in red, 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of green, yellow, gold, pink, and black.
The third most common tab is the type II silver, which accounts for 1.204% of the tabs I have collected, it is rectangular in shape, and can be found on Shasta and many Monster XXX jumbo energy drinks. These tabs weigh in at 11.5 ounces per 1,000, making them 10.577% heavier than the type I tab. I have encountered this tab in 5 silver variaties, 2 shades of green, 4 shades of blue, red, purple, yellow, orange, black, brown, and an error on a gold colored tab where the color is on the back, not the top.
Using these three tabs as a base, the weight of 1,000,000 tabs would be 654 pounds 1.3213 ounces. And a ton of tabs would be 3,517,717 tabs.
Aluminium is the 3rd most common element on Earth, if all the aluminium was mined, you could make a pull tab that measured over 7,350 miles long, 3,675 miles wide, and 367 miles thick. Or, you could make a pop can so big that the Earth would fit in the hole.
Aluminium is the most recycled metal, if you turn in 100 cans to a recycling center, or to the store for it's deposit, just 6 weeks later it is back on the shelf as 95 new cans.
Tabs can now be found on soda, beer, wine, dog food, cat food, motor oil, fruits, vegetables, canned hams, soups, and more.
If you melt down 1,000,000 Type I tabs, you can make a pull tab 8 foot, 4 inches long, 4 foot 2 inches wide, and 5 inches thick, yet it would still weigh 650 pounds. I am currently at more than 25.8 times that amount.