The Bellagio fountain loses almost 12m gallons of water per year averaging out to 33,000 gal per day lasvegassun.com/news/2010…
While the winners of the 1971 Cannonball Run - a street race across the USA - were driving a Ferrari Daytona, the 2nd place finishers had a Chevy van fitted with a 248-gallon auxiliary tank to minimize the refuel count. The van took only 53 minutes longer than the Ferrari to finish the race in. pistonheads.com/news/ph-f…
Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons into in Alaska. The oil slick killed 250,000 seabirds, 3,000 otters, 300 seals and 22 killer whales. The captain of the ship let unlicensed third mate to steer the ship to a well known hazard-Bligh Reef. history.com/topics/1980s/…
Top Fuel Dragsters burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane per approximately 4 second run reaching speeds of up to 330 MPH. The engine is entirely rebuilt between each run in just 40 minutes. The drivers experience up to 4.75g's of force, more than an austronaut during a space shuttle launch. youtu.be/-VF0JwxQqcA
Sailors from 1700-1980 used distillation of sea water to create safe drinking water and current navy fleets can desalinate more than a million of gallons of water a day and be used in times of drought on land. earthdate.org/node/137
In 2018, United Airlines switched to lighter paper for their inflight magazines, it saved 1oz per copy which after 1 year saved 170,000 gallons (643,000 L) of fuel worth $290,000. traveller.com.au/united-a…
Today I learned about Operation Pluto, an operation to lay submarine oil pipelines under the English Channel in support of the Allied invasion of Normandy during WWII. The two pipelines, "Bambi" and "Dumbo", carried 180 million imperial gallons of petrol to the Allied Expeditionary Force in North West Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Each year, 22,500 US cemeteries bury 30 million board feet of hardwood caskets, 90,272 tons of steel caskets, 14,000 tons of steel vaults, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets, 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults, and 827,060 US gallons of embalming (formaldehyde) fluid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
An elephant's trunk can hold 12 liters of water (3 gallons) and weighs as much as 140 kg (300 lbs). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
Large ships often measure their fuel efficiency in 'gallons per mile'. A cruise ship will usually burn 30 to 50 gallons per mile, and as much as 250 tons of fuel in a day. cruises.lovetoknow.com/wi…
The Hobbit is a unit of volume used in Wales during the 19th century. It is equal to two-and-a-half bushels, or almost exactly 24 gallons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
Chemists at the University of Alberta determined that they can now measure how much pee is in a pool by measuring artificial sweeteners contained in urine. The average amount of pee in a public swimming pool is 20 gallons and most pool water doesn't get changed for years. npr.org/sections/health-s…
As many as 1 million Vietnamese people are disabled or have health problems as a result of U.S. use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Nearly 20 million gallons of various herbicides and defoliants were sprayed over Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 by the U.S. military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
The first version of the flush toilet was actually invented back in 1596 by Queen Elizabeth I’s godson, and it required seven-and-a-half gallons of water to flush. history.com/news/who-inve…
Alchemist Hennig Brand believed that he could distill gold from human urine. After stockpiling 1,500 gallons of urine and boiling it, he discovered phosphorus. npr.org/sections/health-s…
A chocolate river existed in 1971. The famous chocolate river from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made with 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The river spoiled fairly quickly due to the cream and the cast said it stank. flitto.com/content/2753
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
Hurricane Harvey dumped 33 trillion gallons of water in its impact area, weighing an estimated 275 trillion pounds β€” enough to push down the Earth’s crust and lower the city of Houston by 2 centimeters. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Iowa Man Tyler Heep won $1.00 from a scratch-off, drove to Lottery Headquarters, and demanded a gigantic novelty check. They wrote him out an oversized check and had him hold it up for a photo in a room set up with a camera and the Lottery logo. Heep used his winnings to buy 1/2 a gallon of gas. whotv.com/2019/01/16/smal…
The Delaware Aqueduct, which provides half of New York City's fresh water, has been leaking up to 35 million gallons of water per day since at least the 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
The chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory really was made of chocolate. It was a mixture of 150,000 gallons of water, chocolate, and cream. thebreeze.co.nz/home/othe…
Teddy Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee every day myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when "fasting". They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
While filming the movie The Abyss, James Cameron filled a nuclear reactor with 7.5 million gallons of water to film in. The cast and crew had to be on set for up to 70 hours a week and were encouraged to relieve themselves in their wetsuits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Boeing 747 burns 11 tonnes of fuel every hour (1 gallon per second) flightdeckfriend.com/ask-…
In 1940, American explorers attempted to drive to the South Pole in a 56-foot vehicle carrying a plane and 6,000 gallons of fuel. Once in Antarctica, the combination of the vehicle's weight and smooth tires made it nearly impossible to drive on snow and ice and it was abandoned. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…
Alcohol use is soaring worldwide. In the past 27 years, the total volume of alcohol people consumed globally each year increased by 70%. The average adult now consumes about 1.7 gallons of pure alcohol per year. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Students in competitions to design fuel-efficient vehicles routinely design vehicles capable of travelling THOUSANDS of miles per gallon of gas. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned of the London Beer Flood when a large vat of fermenting porter burst, releasing a quarter-million gallons of beer into the streets and killing 8 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of Jennifer Strange, who died after drinking nearly 7.6 litres (2 gallons) of water over 3 hours for a "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" radio contest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDN…
"Big Pool" in Garden City, Kansas, built in 1922, is the world's largest outdoor concrete municipal swimming pool. It holds over two million gallons of water and is so large people can water ski on it. kshs.org/kansapedia/big-p…
USPS trucks get 10 Miles to the gallon and are over 25 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
After recovering three Astronauts' bodies from the sunken wreckage of Space Shuttle Challenger in March 1986, the bodies were placed in 30 gallon plastic garbage cans and transported 25 miles in the open bed of a Navy pickup truck. lutins.org/nasa.html
That the Netherlands Flood Defense System includes 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Dutch government spends >1BN euro/yr ensuring that its extensive system of dikes/dams/levies are held to a standard of 1 flood every 10,000 years, this includes depositing 3.1bn gallons of sand on shores. earthmagazine.org/article…
We don't get all of our drinking water from the ocean because it costs $1-2 dollars per cubic meter (264 gallons) to desalinate ocean water, while only costing 10-20 cents to purify fresh water. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Nearly 26,000 gallons of milk is served each year in just twelve days at the MN State Fair β€œAll You Can Drink Milk Stand” mnstatefair.org/get-invol…
In Kentucky that five million gallons of the "angel's share" from bourbon evaporates every year, which is also covering the state in a black fungus called "Baudoinia" that feeds off the ethanol vapor released by liquor as it ages. vice.com/en_us/article/78…
Scorpion venom costs $39 million dollars per gallon. brobible.com/culture/arti…
Today I learned about Pumped-Storage Hydroelectricity, in which thousands of gallons of water are pumped to a reservoir at a higher elevation using off-peak electricity, then released to turn turbines and produce electricity at a later date. It's a non-chemical form of battery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
The most expensive liquid is horse semen worth up to $4.7 million per gallon youtube.com/watch?v=ydCv7…
The US Navy has a massive indoor pool called MASK (maneuvering and seakeeping basin) in Maryland that houses 12-million gallons of water and can replicate any ocean wave situation in the world, ideal for testing equipment and scale models of boats youtu.be/39nPJjG_1J0
Your heart pumps enough blood per year to fill an Olympic size swimming pool( about 500,000 gallons) bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I Learned that scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid estimated to be worth $39 million (USD) per gallon. businessinsider.com/scorp…
When NASA launches a rocket from Kennedy Space Center, you dont see smoke, but stream. They flood the launch pad with 450,000 gallons of water to prevent the rockets from melting the launch pad. It also lowers vibrations that may have an effect in sensitive equipment on the ship. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
In 1854 Commodore Perry gifted 110 gallons of American Whiskey to the Japanese emperor. That gift has since evolved into a $6 billion industry, with Japan's Suntory distillery winning 2015's World Whisky of the Year. Today, Suntory owns Jim Beam. huffingtonpost.com/2015/0…
A plane like a Boeing 747 uses approximately 1 gallon of fuel (about 4 liters) every second. science.howstuffworks.com…
Snoop Dogg holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest paradise cocktail, measuring over 132 US gallons (500 liters) - the world's largest "Gin and Juice" time.com/5294040/snoop-do…

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