Light doesn't always travel at the speed of light and has been recorded as slow as 38 m.p.h. (17 meters per second) dash.harvard.edu/handle/1…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
Today I learned about Nirmal "Nims" Purja, a mountaineer who summited all 14 of the worlds +8000 meter peaks in just 6 months and 6 days. rockandice.com/climbing-n…
There is a man called JosΓ© Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water. smh.com.au/lifestyle/how-…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The lowest point on Earth not covered by liquid water is the valley below a glacier in Antarctica which reaches 2,780 meters (9,120 feet) below sea level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
In 2017, a 250-meter long "Fatberg" made mostly of flushed wet wipes and weighing 130 tons, was blocking a London sewer. bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Humans have jumped further than horses in the Olympics: The record for the longest human long jump is greater than the world record for longest horse long jump. Mike Powell set the record in 1991 by jumping 8.95 meters, and the horse Extra Dry set the record in 1900 by jumping 6.10 m. olympic.org/news/strange-…
Southern elephant seals have been recorded diving to depths of OVER 2,300 meters (almost 1.5 miles) below the surface of the ocean, and can dive deeper and for longer duration than most cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Theoretically, Spiders of the world could eat all the humans within an year, and still remain hungry. The average number of spiders in a square meter is 131, and for some areas it can exceed 1000 per square meter. mercurynews.com/2017/03/2…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…
The largest recorded tsunami occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska and reached 1,720 feet (524 meters) high. For scale, that is one-third of a mile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
The first tent erected at the South Pole by the Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen on its arrival on 14 December 1911 is still there, buried beneath 17 meters of snow. nettarkiv.npolar.no/sorpo…
Interstate 19 is the only Interstate in the USA where signed distances are given in meters or kilometres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
GΓΆbekli Tepe is the site of an ancient temple built by a hunter gatherer society around 9000 BCE. It consists of 10 ton pillars with artwork carved on them, which were transported 500 meters without the use of the wheel which had yet to be invented. This site also predates farming and writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
Today I learned that the surface of the earth at the equator moves at a speed of 460 meters per second! scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about the "Antilia", the world's largest private home built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India. It is 173m (568ft) tall and has over 37,000 square meters (400,000 sq ft) of living space, 27 floors, a 168-car garage, 9 elevators, a Hindu temple and a 50-seat theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Dumbo Octopus lives 7000 meters down in the ocean. They are about 20 centimeters long and use their ears to swim. sawongam.com/others/deep-…
The smallest nuclear submarine was the unique NR-1, which was 45 meters long and had a 13-person crew. It could remain underwater for 25 days, had no showers, and the crew burned chlorate candles to produce oxygen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned of Big Babylon, an unfinished supergun commissioned by Saddam Hussein. It would have been capable of firing one-meter-wide bullets into space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Only 12 people walked on the Moon, but even less people reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench (11,034 meters), one of them is the movie director James Cameron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Roman Colosseum gets its name from the 30 meter (98 feet) tall bronze statue that once stood near it, "The Colossus of Nero". rome.net/colosseum#:~:tex…
Love Tester was a novelty toy made by Nintendo to determine how much two people love each other. Users grab one of the connected spherical metal sensors with one hand and hold each other's hands with the other, the meter would then display a "love score" on a scale between 1 and 100. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Today I learned about Carlos Hathcock, the white feather, A sniper for the marines. In one particularly dangerous mission, he crawled over 1,500 meters over 4 days and 3 nights with no sleep to assassinate a NVA general. Multiple times during his crawl he was only a few feet away from patrolling enemy soldiers blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7358…
Today I learned of Eizō Nomura, a Japanese man who survived the Hiroshima explosion in a basement only 170 meters from ground zero. He lived for another 37 years. hiroshimapeacemedia.jp/?b…
On Uranus, a 1 kg ball dropped from 10 meters, will fall slower than on Earth, even though the diameter of Uranus is 4 times the diameter of the Earth, and its mass is 14.5 times greater. youtu.be/o93gVt0Wqqc
The Coconut Crab is a giant, 1 meter wide hermit crab capable of climbing trees and eating birds youtube.com/watch?v=F8PyL…
The NRS-2 is a Soviet era combination gun and knife. The barrel faces out the bottom of the handle and has an effective range of 25 meters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS…
The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan, China at 1.7 million sq meters (18 million sq ft) is the world's largest building in terms of floor area. en.wikiarquitectura.com/b…
The Arctic Circle is gradually moving north. Iceland has an 8 tonne rollable sphere, so they can easily move it a dozen meters each year to keep pace with the moving Artic Circle boundary. icelandreview.com/news/ei…
Deepest dive any mammal has done was recorded in 2014 when a Cuvier beaked whale dove 2,992 meters below the surface off the California coast nhm.ac.uk/discover/secret…
Git-hub, a code hosting platform is protecting priceless open-source codes by storing multiple copies in archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain to last at least 1,000 years so that future historians can find it ! archiveprogram.github.com…
A 9,000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram. enwild.com/videos/fabric-…
The elephant Tuffi jumped out of a monorail in Wuppertal in the 1950s. She was there as a publicity stunt for her Circus. She broke through a window and fell 12 meters into a river. Tuffi survived and died in the 1990s. spiegel.de/geschichte/wup…
If sound could travel through empty space, we'd be able to hear the sun at 125 decibels from Earth's surface. In comparison, 120 decibels is a train horn about one meter away from you. spaceanswers.com/deep-spa…
Almost all meteors never hit the surface of the earth: the pressure of the atmosphere usually causes them to explode. Only extremely large meteors, upwards of 100 meters in diameter, ever directly reach the surface of the earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
The European Southern Observatory once attempted to build the 'Overwhelmingly Large Telescope', a telescope with an 100 meter wide aperture. Because of the prodigious cost, the ESO had to settle for the 39 metre wide 'Extremely Large Telescope' instead. universetoday.com/133800/…
The ÞrΓ­drangaviti Lighthouse in Iceland was built on a 30 meter pillar in the sea before helicopters existed. Mountaineers had to scale the pillar carrying their tools and even resorted to standing on each other’s backs and shoulders to reach the top. random-times.com/2020/05/…
Researchers applied 400 burns to 13 women in labor to calibrate their pain-o-meter to the pain of childbirth. They got 55 usable measurements and only 2 volunteers β€˜show[ed] hostility to the entire experimental team’ and β€˜cried and complained with vigor’ even with β€˜cajolingβ€˜ and β€˜persistence’. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
150 meters below Naples, Sicily, there is a vast multi-level underground stretching over a half kilometer, containing WWII cars, beds, conveniences, and other war relics. bbc.com/travel/story/2016…
The Great Pyramid of Giza volume is about 2.5 million cubic meters. The construction of the pyramid in 20 years meant placing 800 tons of stone blocks - every day! Since it comprises 2.3 million blocks, construction in 20 years required the placement of over 12 blocks every hour, day and night. needforscience.com/archeo…
In 1803, a group of Japanese fishermen encountered a strange boat containing a young woman described as beautiful and strange. She had red eyebrows, about 18 or 20 years old, at a height of 1.5 meters, with pale skin and red hair. The frightened fishermen returned her to the sea faena.com/aleph/articles/…
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk who built a flying machine inspired by the myth of Daedalus. He successfully flew 200 meters off the roof of his abbey before crashing because he forgot to include a tail in the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
Sailing stones exist - rocks that move up to 5 meters per minute across the ground by themselves, leaving trails behind them. The movement is caused by temperature changes and they're so common in a part of Death Valley that it's called 'Racetrack playa' due to the 'tracks' that they leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Tidal range (Difference between low and high tide) can be as high as 15 meters in the UK. surgewatch.org/definition…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood, which formed the Gibraltar Strait and re-filled the dried up Mediterranean Basin in less than two years. Sea level rise may have reached greater than ten meters per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
The minimum sound threshold a human ear drum can detect is 1x10^-12 watts/square meter. To put in perspective just how sensitive that is, if our ear drum was the size of England, it could detect the weight of a banana on it. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Hatzegopteryx was the largest flying animal ever. With a skull nearly 3 meters long and a 10 meter wingspan, it was as tall as a giraffe and the top predator feeding on small dinosaurs prehistoric-wildlife.com/…
The Standard Meter is one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the north pole along a meridian through Paris. npr.org/2014/06/23/324738…
Today I learned of the SS Richard Montgomery, a sunken WW2 cargo ship carrying the equivalent of 1500 tons of TNT. If it explodes, it will generate a 5 meter tsunami, destroying coastal Kent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…

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