Doors or wheels?

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Are there more doors or wheels in the world? It was this question that took the Internet by storm. The whole debate began with a simple tweet on Mar. 5 by user Ryan Nixon asking for Twitter’s opinion: “My mates and I are having the STUPIDEST debate… And I am here for it. Do you think there are more doors or wheels in the world?” Social media took off with the question and the rest is history.

Let’s start off with the basics. By dictionary definition, a door is “a hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard.” The dictionary definition of a wheel is “a circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground.” Hard to believe this clarification is necessary, but no, a pizza is not a wheel, and a cell membrane does not count as a door. 

Seeing both ways is definitely possible. Hotels and buildings are full of doors, but bicycles and conveyor belts are wheels. Cars usually cancel out as they have four wheels, but also four doors.

At first, I thought doors were the obvious winner. However, after taking it into further consideration, I realized conveyor belts contain hundreds of wheels. Not to mention that swivel chairs and shopping carts also exist. This question stumped both myself and the Internet, and we will continue to ponder until the amount of wheels and doors across the globe are actually counted.

Over 223,000 people voted on Ryan Nixon’s original poll asking if there are more wheels or doors in the world. Currently, wheels are in the lead at 53.6%, but doors are holding their own at 46.4%. (Photo/Jon Tyson via Unsplash

Zoe Horwitz, a junior at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her third year as the Sports Editor and Assistant Editor-In-Chief. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, she co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.