A field of seagrass converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at over 8x the rate of a forest the same size. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A physics paper published in 2015 had 5,154 authors, breaking the record for largest number of contributors to a single research article. Only the first nine pages of the paper describe research on the size of the Higgs boson, while the remaining 24 pages list the authors and their institutions. nature.com/news/physics-p…
:The Ringelmann effect is the tendency for individual members of a group to become increasingly less productive as the size of their group increases. As more people are involved in a task, their average performance decreases, each participant tending to feel that their own effort is not critical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
Moonshiners can tell the alcohol content of their product just by shaking it and observing the size and duration of the bubbles. It's also a quick way to spot if someone's water bottle is actually water or not. youtube.com/watch?v=T4gl3…
Prince was 5’2β€³, or 157.5 cm tall and weighed 112 pounds, he often wore heels to combat his small size. His grand piano was even modified by shortening the legs so he could reach the pedals while sitting down to play. musicinminnesota.com/20-f…
Today I learned about the Megagon, a shape with 1,000,000 sides that, even if it were drawn at the size of the Earth, would be hard to distinguish from a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Today I learned that Lego creator, Ole Kirk Christiansen, created plastic interlocking bricks in 1949. They were originally named "Automatic Binding Bricks". Lego has kept their original size so all bricks can interlock. lego.com/en-us/aboutus/ne…
Today I learned about β€œlittle-ease,” an old torture cell in the tower of London. It measured a mere 1.2m square. Its cramped size prevented prisoners from settling in any bearable position: they were unable to stand, sit or lie down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
It is theorized that the Moon was formed after a planet the size of Mars collided with Earth roughly 4.5 billion years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
The worlds smallest playable guitar is 10 microns long (about the size of a red blood cell). It has six strings each about 100 atoms wide and is played by aiming lasers at the strings. Its tone is about 130,000 times higher than a regular guitar supposedly the highest pitch ever recorded. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned about an experiment that mapped 1 cubic millimeter (about the size of a grain of sand) of mouse brain by slicing it into 25000 pieces and scanning them for 3 months. The completed data set had a size of almost 2 million gigabytes. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Richter Scale is Logarithmic, An earthquake a size that scores 3.0 is ten times the amplitude of one that scores 2.0. The energy that is released increases by a factor of about 32. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Dogs are the most diverse land mammal and the largest dogs are 40 times the size of the smallest inquirer.com/philly/blogs…
A longer yawn indicates larger brain size and higher neuron count royalsocietypublishing.or…
Saudi Arabia is building a new futuristic city in the country’s northwestern region (Tabuk) which has been called the world most ambitious project and known as Β« the land of the future”. It will be 33 times the size of New York City and nearly the size of Belgium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
To make a scale model of the solar system with the earth the size of a marble would require 7 miles is space. youtube.com/watch?v=zR3Ig…
Even though our solar system has over 200 moons, ours is the 5th largest. Jupiter is over 10x the size of Earth but its largest moon is not even twice the size of our moon. Mars has two moons but they are tiny rocks, not even round, 1% the size of ours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Euro banknotes and coins were designed with the visually impaired in mind - there are physical characteristics built in to coins and bills, such as different sizes, weights and colors, ridges and raised print. ecb.europa.eu/euro/visual…
The 80 character width standard for code originated from the size of old IBM cards. The size of these cards were based on contemporary US Dollar bills so that the creator could use existing filing equipment made for them. infolab.stanford.edu/pub/…
Between years 4000 and 3500 BCE the Tripolye culture centered around modern Moldova in Eastern Europe have built the largest settlements in the world at the time, inhabited by 20,000 to 46,000 people. Cities of this size only reappeared in Mesopotamia a millenium later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuc…
Bialboro di Casorzo. It is a cherry tree growing on top of a mulberry tree. Epiphytical (trees growing on other trees)trees are not unusual, but they normally reach a small size and have a short lifespan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia…
IBM introduced the first hard disk drive to break the 1GB barrier in 1980. It was called the IBM 3380 and could store 2.52GB (β€œ2.52 billion characters of information,” according to IBM). Its cabinet was about the size of a refrigerator and the whole thing weighed in at 550 pounds (250 kg). pingdom.com/blog/amazing-…
Bob Lanier wore size 22 shoes, the largest in NBA history. At nearly 16 inches long, Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier vaunts the NBA's largest feet ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Today I learned of Alaska's Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, which is the largest county-equivalent of the United States. At 147k sq. miles, it is a similar size as Germany -- despite only having a population of 5,588 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuk…
There was a tax imposed on the lower caste and untouchable Hindu women in present-day Kerala state of India if they wanted to cover their breasts in public, until 1924. The tax was evaluated by the tax collectors depending on the size of their breasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
The largest animal native to Antarctica that is purely terrestrial is the Antarctic midge, at 2-6mm in size. It also has the smallest known insect genome. nature.com/articles/ncomm…
Today I learned about the Delboeuf Illusion. Whereby the human mind will misestimate the size of an object surrounded by white. The smaller the white space, the larger the object seems. This leads to smaller plates making us feel fuller when compared to eating the same portion on a larger plate. foodnavigator-usa.com/Art…
Jenga blocks aren’t all the same size. Some are almost imperceptibly smaller than others, meaning they’ll side out of the stack more easily. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of the Pig Organ, an musical instrument that produces sound from pigs by poking them. Created as a response to a challenge by King Louis XI. Pigs were sorted according to size and tone which when spiked would produce a harmony or melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
The system for choosing a catheter size is the French Scale where 1 French is 0.33mm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Paraceratherium is the largest rhinoceros and land mammal to ever live, it is also at the largest size possible for land mammals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
If you ever got shrunk down to the size of an ant, not only would everything look bigger to you, but the world would also appear almost a million times darker, light would no longer appear straight meaning that the world around you would be covered in a haze of blurriness and shadow askamathematician.com/201…
The average brain-size of a homo sapiens decreased since the beginning of the agricultural revolution (10.000 BC) onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
There are ~840 (mostly tribal) languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, a country about the size of California cia.gov/library/publicati…
By 1921, just 4 years after being installed, the Soviet bureaucracy had grown to 10 times the size of the tsar's and employed twice as many people as Soviet industry. youtube.com/watch?v=VHDU9…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
The largest "county" in the US is roughly the size of Montana or Germany. Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska is 147,805 sq mi or 382,810 km2, with a population of 5,230. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuk…
In 1993 it was noted that comet discovered year prior is on a path to collide with Jupiter in 1994. It did, creating fireball 10 times the size of our planet. nature.com/articles/36349…
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear. The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification. It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size. dundeesciencecentre.org.u…
The distance between the Sun and closest star is 40,208,000,000,000 kms . So much so that if sun was a size of grape fruit ,proxima centauri would be more than 4000 kms(2500 miles) away. skyandtelescope.org/astro…
A recent study found that the size of a lottery win subsequently increases borrowing and bankruptcies among neighbors of the winner academic.oup.com/rfs/arti…
If the earth is the size of a basketball and the moon is the size of a tennis ball, the distance between them is 24 feet. youtube.com/watch?v=8KkQC…
Today I learned about the wicked blacksmith Procrustes, who would rent his spare bed to travelers. When the guest inevitably complained the bed was too short, Procrustes would get his tools and cut his guest down to size. Today, "Procrustean" is used to describe when an item is resized to an arbitrary standard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Monaco with its 2.1kmΒ² (0.81sq mi) size has 9 distinct districts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
The full-size Krackel bar was discontinued in 1997, despite being available as a Hershey Miniature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
The courtship ritual of the white pufferfish entails the construction of intricate underwater β€œcrop circles” 20 times their size. David Attenborough has referred to them as β€œthe greatest artist of the animal kingdom.” smithsonianmag.com/smart-…

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