Physics really is more entertaining if you convert everything to kcals. +Yonatan Zunger
posted something about bringing water to a boil being enough energy to launch it into orbit a couple months ago, which got me musing on the subject.
But since it's Girl Scout cookie season, and I am in a country where there are no Girl Scouts, I am quite
certain that what you really
wanted to know was how many Thin Mint cookies it takes to accomplish basic tasks such as LEO. A Thin Mint clocks in at about 40 kilocalories, which is a pretty large amount of work.
To make a cup of tea to go with your Thin Mints: half a Thin Mint (236 ml of water * 78 degrees C of temperature change = 18.4 kilocalories)
To blow dry your hair for 5 minutes: 2.6 Thin Mints (1500 watts * 5 minutes = 107 kcals)
To drive your Prius 10 miles to work: 155 Thin Mints (10 miles * 50 mpg * 31,000 kilocalories per gallon)
To power your 13 inch MacBook Pro while aimlessly surfing the web for 8 hours at work: 8.6 Thin Mints (50 watts * 8 hours = 344 kcals)
To lift .4 kilograms into geostationary orbit: 838 Thin Mints (.4 kg * 9.8 m/s^2 * 35,786 km).
Why .4 kilograms and not 1? Because .4 kilograms is the weight of one box of Thin Mints, each of which contains about 28 cookies. Thus, it takes about 30 boxes of Thin Mints to lift 1 box into geostationary orbit. (Not counting fuel weight, tax, title, license, or dealer dock fee.)