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Google has announced that uploads to YouTube now total one hour of video every second.

"Can you imagine how many 'Nyans' that is?" the company ask in a blog post announcing the milestone, referring to the mind-numbing "Nyan Cat" video that has been watched over 60 million times.

On a separate website, "One Hour Per Second", Google answers that question in an animated flood of stats. "In 24 seconds of uploads to YouTube," one stat notes, "one full day elapses and the Nyan Cat says 'Nyan' over 345,600 times."

No stats, however, are provided as to how many of the Nyan Cat's 60 million viewers were under the influence of lysergic acid diethylamide; 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine; or psilocybin.

In addition to this prodigious rate of precious cultural artifacts being uploaded to YouTube, Google says that each and every day over 4 billion videos are viewed per day worldwide – "the same number as there are US $1 bills in circulation, the same as number of years since there was water on Mars," the company notes.

The current milestone of 60 hours per minute is the latest in a steady trend of YouTube traffic increases. In 2007, six hours of video were uploaded each minute; that number grew to 24 hours in March 2010, 35 hours in November 2010, then 48 hours in May 2011.

Created by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim back in 2005, YouTube was acquired by Google in a $1.65bn deal announced on October 9, 2006. At the current upload rate, that would be approximately 2,403,720,000,000 "Nyans" ago. ®

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