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/…
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…
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…
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/…
Sharks are called "swimming noses" because 2/3 of their brains are olfactory lobes. They can smell blood in water at 1 part per million from hundreds of meters away. But their sense of taste isn't linked to their nose and is not as developed, so often they bite once then decide not to kill. animals.howstuffworks.com…
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 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…
Asparagus can grow really tall. The world's tallest was 3,5 meters tall guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The first expedition by two members of the French Academy of Sciences to determine the circumference of the Earth (and thereby the length of the meter) was hampered by the French Revolution, and the second one by the Napoleonic wars historyofinformation.com/…
Today I learned about Spanish long-distance runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya who helped Kenyan runner, Abel Mutai, find the finish line rather than passing him. Mutai was in the lead but mistakenly thought the race ended several meters sooner, and Anaya slowed to let him find the finish line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iv%…
There are actually two measurements called the 'foot' in the US - the 'international foot' (.3048 meters) and the 'US survey foot' (1200/3937 meters). One international foot is approximately .999998 US Survey feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
The Deepest Point in the Ocean Known to Man is the Challenger Deep which is is 10,924 Meters or 10.92 Kilometers. And there is still life deep down under. epic.cpacamp.com/the-deep…
Today I learned about the Kearny fallout meter, designed such that someone with a normal mechanical ability would be able to construct it before or during a nuclear attack, using common household items en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea…
Ilha da Queimada Grande aka Snake Island located off the coast of the state of SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil is one of the most dangerous places on Earth. By some estimates you can find one venomous snake on every square meter. The island is deemed dangerous to public and open only to research teams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh…
The deepest swimming pool in the world is the "Y-40 Deep Joy" in Italy. A staggering 130ft (40m) at it's deepest point, equivalent to the height of a 14 storey building, holding 4300 cubic meters of water! There's even a glass tunnel for spectators running a couple of meters below the surface. independent.co.uk/travel/…
The first landing on Mars happened December 2, 1971. The Soviet built Mars 3 lander became the first spacecraft to attain a soft landing on Mars. It failed 110 seconds after landing. It even carried a small rover called the Prop-M, it had 2 skis and was attached to a 15 meter umbilical cable wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_3
The surface pressure of Venus is so high that it would collapse the hull of modern military submarines. The surface pressure on Venus is over 90 bar which is equivalent to 900 meters below the surface of the ocean. military.wikia.org/wiki/S…
The smallest volcano in the world its just 13 meters and its located in the middle of a city in Mexico geo-mexico.com/?p=883
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…
The La Danta temple in the Mayan city of "El Mirador" measures approximately 72 metres (236 ft) tall from the forest floor, and considering its total volume (2,800,000 cubic meters) is one of the largest pyramids in the world (pyramid of Cheops volume of 2,600,000 cubic meters). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
Carl Magee, a journalist who helped publicize the Teapot Dome scandal, also patented the first parking meter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Maurice Herzog, the french mountaineer who summited Annapurna 1 first in 1950, the deadliest 8000 meter mountain with a 32% death rate. Not only was this the first 8000 meter peak summited, but also the only 8000 meter peak conquered on its first attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
That a worm can travel up to 73 meters per hour reaps.org/assets/17-012.p…
There is a "Ceremonial South Pole," a location marked by a barbershop-style pole in the ground, set aside for photo opportunities at the South Pole Station. The real South Pole is a few meters away, marked by a "stake" in the ground, nearby a sign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned about Lunar lava tubes - Tunnels under the surface of the moon, kilometers long, hundreds of meters wide. Shelter from radiation and extreme temperatures. Can be used for habitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. nationalgeographic.com/an…
One may eat breakfast, lunch or dinner in the sky in Dubai while suspended 50 meters in the air. khaleejtimes.com/nation/d…
The entire surface of the earth can be divided into 3-meter squares and that each square can be identified by a unique combination of three English words. what3words.com/clip.apple…
In the Late Miocene Epoch, giant, meter long toothed platypuses inhabited Australia sci-news.com/paleontology…
Today I learned about Lt Gen Vasily Chuikov who took command of the defense of Stalingrad who put himself at the same level of risk as his soldiers and he was buried alive twice by German bombing and kept his HQ 200 meters from the German front line origins.osu.edu/milestone…
Hydrangeas are nature's pH meters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means "the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for β€œ10,000” resembles a person walking: δΈ‡. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The worlds shortest world leader was President Benito JuΓ‘rez of Mexico at only 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 meters) and the tallest was Maharana Pratap, King of Mewar in present day Rajasthan (a state in India), at 7 feet 5 inches (2.2 meters) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
, in the 1928 Olympics, Australian sculler Bobby Pearce stopped rowing to let a family of ducks pass. His opponent ended up with a 5 length lead. In the final 1,000 meters Pearce pulled ahead by 30 seconds, not only winning the gold but setting a Games record. bbc.com/storyworks/sport/…
The US might have been on the metric system today if British privateers (literally Pirates of the Caribbean) hadn't captured Joseph Dombey's ship in 1794 as he sailed to meet Thomas Jefferson with two new standards of measurement - the meter and the grave (which became the kilogram). nist.gov/blogs/taking-mea…
Today I learned about The Duge Bridge, the highest bridge in the world. The road deck sits 565 metres (1,850 feet) above the Beipan River. This is higher than One World Trade Center in New York City, 541 meters (1,776 feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
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…
Today I learned of the Devils Hole Pupfish, the entire species exists within a 22 by 3.5 meter pool in Death Valley. In 2007 as few as 38 individuals remained. As of spring 2019, the population had reached 136. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Today I learned of the Gold Coast Meter Maids. Bikini-clad women on Australia's Gold Coast who would top off parking meters of parked cars in order to avoid a parking fine. metermaids.com/our-histor…
Freddie Figgers, who was abandoned in a dumpster as a baby, became very familiar with computers and electronics at a young age and now owns his own company (worth 62 million USD) that sells wireless glucose meters for diabetics lightworkers.com/baby-fou…
Nepalese mountaineer Nirmal Purja holds the record for the fastest climb of all 14 "eight-thousanders" (8,000+ meter mountains). He climbed them all in a row during 2019, in 6 months and 6 days, shattering the previous record of just under 8 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nir…
Today I learned about the dangerous Onbashira Festival, which involves participants to ride on sixteen enormous 50-foot/15-meter, 10-ton/9,000-kg logs down steep mountains among other difficult terrains in a ceremony known as Kiotoshi, that takes place in Nagano, Japan. Injury and fatal incidents are frequent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onb…
There's an idyllic island uninhabited by humans off the coast of Brazil that's crawling with venomous golden lancehead pit vipers. According to estimates, there's one snake per square meter on the island, making it illegal to step foot there. adventure.howstuffworks.c…
While orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, the Rosetta probe observed landslides, collapsing cliffs, as well as boulders tens of meters in size being thrown over 100 meters by violent geological activity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/67P…
The idea that walking 10,000 steps a day is best for your health has no basis in science, but instead started as a marketing campaign for a Japanese pedometer (Manpo-kei, "10,000 step meter"), released after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The 10,000 number was selected because it sounded good. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Today I learned about Chionis of Sparta, an ancient Greek Olympian whose long jump record of over 7 meters at the Olympic games of 656 BC would have won him gold at the 1896 Olympics and placed him in the top eight of the next 10 games, through the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Only four people have been at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, called the Challenger Deep (about 11000 meters or 36000ft down). For reference, 12 people have walked on the Moon. youtube.com/watch?v=LKXvd…
Today I learned about a tigress Machli who killed a 4.26 meters (14 feet) crocodile. ranthamborenationalpark.c…
A square-shaped building with a volume of 1.2 billion cubic meters could fit inside Earth's entire human population. waitbutwhy.com/2015/03/7-…
How Spanish runner IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya intentionally lost a race. Kenyan runner and race leader Abel Mutai stopped 10-20 meters short of the finish line, thinking he had already won. Instead of passing him, Anaya stopped and told Mutai to keep running, thus allowing Mutai to win. vancouversun.com/technolo…
That, after becoming the first white man to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds, French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre received a formal letter of invitation from the Ku Klux Klan. He did not respond. theguardian.com/sport/201…
In 1786 a powerful earthquake hit China's Sichuan province that killed 435 people. But also caused a landslide that formed into a mud dam across the Dadu River. That dam quickly made a 50 million cubic meter lake and an aftershock caused that dam to bust killing an additional 100,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178…
Today I learned about the β€œsverdrup” (Sv), a measurement of flow equal to 1,000,000 cubic meters or 260,000,000 gallons per second. The largest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, is 125 Sv. As a comparison, all the rivers of the world flowing into the oceans is only about 1.25 Sv. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
Largest offshore gas platform - Troll A, It stands almost 500 meters tall and weighs 656,000 tons - it's one of the biggest man-made objects ever towed darkroastedblend.com/2010…
SS Petriana (an oil tanker) was wrecked 200 meters (660 ft) off the Australian coast, but its crew were not allowed to land in Australia and forced to stay on a crowded tugboat for several days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Shavarsh Karapetyan is a retired Armenian swimmer. In 1976, after completing his daily 20-km run, he came upon an accident scene where a trollybus had fallen into a reservoir. Karapetyan dived 10 meters into the water and pulled 46 people out of the bus, 20 of whom survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The meter (metre) was originally defined to be one ten millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In Mexico, there are 115,000 taco places. Meaning that, in average, every Mexican person has a taco place 400 meter (0.2 miles) away from them. medialab.up.edu.mx/notici…
An Orca killed a Great White Shark near California’s Farallon Islands in 2000. The smell of the dead shark's carcass caused all nearby great whites to vanish. A great white with a satellite tag in the area was seen to immediately dive to a depth of 500 meters and then swam to Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The deadliest blizzard in history was in Iran. In 1972, a week-long period of low temperatures and severe winter storms resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 people. Southern Iran was hardest hit, with eight meters of snow that buried whole villages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned of the Eruv of Manhattan, a ritual string of almost 33 KMs suspended 4 meters from ground that set a perimeter in which jews can carrie some activities otherwise forbitten outside home on Saturday. jewishcenter.org/manhatta…
Today I learned about the Black Sea Hare. Reaching a length of up to 3 feet (1 meter) and a weight of 30 pounds (13.6 kg) it is the worlds largest slug. designyoutrust.com/2016/0…
Today I learned of β€œMr. First” Omero Catan who was β€œfirst” 537 times including the first paying customer to skate the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink. First ticket holder to enter two World's Fairs. First through the Lincoln Tunnel and first to put a coin in a New York City parking meter. theweeklyn.com/2019/01/15…
By international agreement, a meter is defined as the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of ​1⁄299792458 second. wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_…
In 2007, Britain’s top female paraglider cheated death after being attacked by a pair of β€œscreeching” wild eagles at 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) while competition flying in Australia. reuters.com/article/us-au…
An island in Brazil (Ilha da Queimada Grande) is considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the world; the concentration of snakes is so huge that ther's one for every square meter. Authorities only visit it once a year to maintain an automated lighthouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilh…
At the age of 20, Stephen Hilder fell 4000 meters to his death in a skydiving accident after his main and reserve parachute both failed. Investigation showed expert-level tampering with both canopies but could not determine if it was a murder or a suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
One human cell contains about 2 meters of DNA. If one human body has around 50 trillion cells, that's about 100 trillion meters of DNA. The distance to the sun from earth is about 150 billion meters which means that there's enough DNA in a human body to reach the sun and back 300 times. nature.com/scitable/topic…
Saturn's rings 282k km across but only ~1km thick. Making the rings 10k times thinner than a razor blade if saturn was a meter wide. coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.e…
Today I learned about Han Qizhi, a 31-year-old shoe salesman, who in February 2001, after being "struck by a rash impulse", climbed a 421 meter skycraper in Shanghai barehanded and in street clothes. He was arrested with bleeding hands and released two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
, the world's largest firework was launched in Honshu, Japan in 2013. It weighed 1/2 ton and produced a rosette 800 meters wide. gizmodo.com/1651962002#!
The Japanese the spider crab can have a leg span up to 5.5 meters or 18 feet! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Originally a "meter" was defined as one ten millionths of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator through a Paris meridian, which you can still find at the center of the Paris Observatory. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
All the gold mined in the world can be held in a cubed container measuring 21 meters on each side. gold.org/about-gold/gold-…
In order to supply water to the parks of the Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV ordered the construction of the machine Marly to pump water from the Seine located 10 km from the castle with a drop of 150 meters. This machine, considered one of the most complex of its time worked for 133 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The first repository in the world designed to contain nuclear waste on an indefinite basis is being built in Onkalo, Finland, with a final depth of 520 meters and a cost of over 800 million euros. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onk…
Unit abbreviations start with a capital letter when they are named after someone (e.g. K for Kelvin, Hz for Hertz ...), otherwise they are lower case (e.g. m for meter, s for second …) bipm.org/utils/common/pdf…
The Southern Elephant Seal holds the record for the deepest dive of any seal species at 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) . Max length 20.2 ft, max weight 8,820 lbs. oceanwide-expeditions.com…
Today I learned about The Elephants Foot of Chernobyl - a lava produced from the explosion. It is only 1 meter in size, but weighs an estimated two metric tons. Photos of it are blurry because of the reaction of the film to the radiation. large.stanford.edu/course…
The hardest ever recorded punch was done by Francis Ngannou in 2017 and was measured at 51064 foot/pounds (7059 kg/meter), which is the equivalent of 92.84 horse power. mixedmartialarts.com/vaul…
Each testicle in a human adult male has anywhere from 6 - 10 meters (20 - 23 feet) of tubing attaching it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
Today I learned of Ousland Borge from Norway, who in 1995 Attempted to cross the Antarctica alone on skis and had to abandon the trip due to frostbite. Undeterred, he returned the following year and successfully crossed 2845kms in 64 days alone, with a 178Kg Sledge and reaching 3400 meters above sea level. explorapoles.org/explorer…
The Pentagon is the world's largest office building with over 600,000+ sq. meters of space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
The world record for longest accurate archery shot was performed by a man with no arms. (283 meters) guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Moose can weigh "as much as 1800 pounds [816.4663 kilograms]. They can grow to be 6.5 ft. [1.9812 meters] from hooves to shoulders." "Male moose have flat, wide antlers that can span six feet [1.8288 meters] from tip to tip." blog.nwf.org/2018/12/are-…
The only known case of "Chromosome 6 Deletion" where a person does not feel pain, hunger, or the need to sleep (and subsequently no sense of fear) is a 7-year-old girl named Olivia Farnsworth. In 2016 she was hit by a car and dragged 30 meters, yet felt nothing and emerged with minor injuries. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016…
In 1985-1987, an Ecuadorean tractor driver sculpted (on his own initiative) a colossal 20-meter sculpture of the Devil’s face along the side of a road and named it β€œBrutal Power”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
The Pascha is a 12 story 9,000 square meter brothel in Cologne, Germany. With about 120 prostitutes, over 80 employees and up to 1000 customers per day, it is the largest brothel in Europe virtualglobetrotting.com/…
The Egyptian government opened the unusual Bent Pyramid to the public for the first time in decades in 2019. The design of the Bent Pyramid is considered unusual, as its first 49 meters are built at a steep 54 degree angle before tapering off in the top section dw.com/en/egypt-opens-ben…
Today I learned about the Challenger Deep in the Marina Trench, the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans) that is 10,994 meters (36,070 feet) below sea level. neal.fun/deep-sea/
At just 2.06 meters in length, Ebenezer Place in Scotland is the world's shortest street. The street has only one address: an entrance to a bistro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebe…
Today I learned about Incel, a company based in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Founded in 1954, it was a major conglomerate employing up to 6,500 workers at its height. The 150-meter tall Incel chimney is still one of the tallest structures in Bosnia & Herzegovina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
On Titan, the atmosphere can hold the equivalent of about 10 meters of liquid before rain forms vs. only a few centimeters on Earth. So Titan's weather is expected to feature torrential downpours causing flash floods, interspersed by decades or centuries of drought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huy…
The inventor of the smoke detector (Duane Pearsall) originally wanted to make an ion generator designed to control static electricity in factories and photo labs called a β€œstatic neutralizer.” But when one of his technicians lit up a cigarette, a meter measuring the ions went haywire. nytimes.com/2013/12/22/ma…
Catalina Sky Survey has discovered two mini moons both being smaller than four meters. The first was in 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The biggest wave ever recorded happened on July 9th 1958 in Alaska due to an earth quake that dislodged 40 million cubic yards of rock 3000 feet down into the water. Created the biggest wave on record removing all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as 524 meters above sea level. geology.com/records/bigge…
People in Yakutsk, Siberia are in constant danger of frostbite during the winter. No one stays outside long, cameras freeze after 15 minutes, and "it’s easy to get lost when you can’t see 10 meters ahead of you and when each street resembles the next" nationalgeographic.com/ph…
Line 1 of Wuhan Metro is the longest continuous metro viaduct in the world. A full train provides 176 seats, and can carry 1276 passengers of 9 people per square meter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…

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