In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A teaspoonful of a neutron star weighs six billion tons nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch…
In 1820, an 80-ton sperm whale attacked and sank the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts). The tragedy attracted international attention, and inspired Herman Melville to write his famous 1851 novel Moby-Dick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
The largest ship ever built was an oil tanker, the Seawise Giant. Fully loaded, its displacement was over 650,000 tons. The heaviest ship of any kind, it drew so deep it was incapable of navigating even the English Channel. It was longer than the Empire State Building is tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The comet that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was the equivalent to released as much energy as 100 trillion tons of TNT, more than a billion times more than the atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
Today I learned about Chad Pregracke, who,when he was 23, after witnessing immense levels of trash on the Mississippi River in IL, started a nonprofit to address it. Since then, they have removed 5,000 tons of trash from the Mississippi and it’s tributaries. livinglandsandwaters.org/
The vault of Federal Reserve Bank of New York has more gold (6,190 tons) than the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox (5,052 tons). abcnews.go.com/Business/s…
Today I learned of Gerard Roope: commanding the destroyer HMS Glowworm, he engaged the 14000-ton German battlecruiser Admiral Hipper, and ended up ramming the ship, though the Glowworm was subsequently destroyed. The German captain recommended the Victoria Cross, UK's highest honor, to Roope via the Red Cross. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
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…
The Amber Room was a priceless work of art with over 6 tons of amber. It was once considered the 8th Wonder of the World. The entire room went 'missing' during WW2. history.co.uk/article/the…
Today I learned of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, which simultaneously lowers and raises 500 tons of water and ships, over a height of 155 feet (35m.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
To compose a picture of a black hole in 2019, 5 petabytes of data were used, which took half a ton of hard drives. Part of this data was physically moved by plane. This allowed a transfer of 14 gigabytes per second, which was faster than if data would be transferred through the internet. sixcolors.com/post/2019/0…
During Victorian England winters, street vendors sold baked potatoes for food and as hand warmers. In London they sold around 10 tons of potatoes every day from "cans" - small metal boxes on four legs fueled by charcoal. geriwalton.com/baked-pota…
The Mole Man of Hackney tunnelled beneath is home near London, excavating over 33 tons of earth over the decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the Cerrejon Coal mine in Northern Columbia. The coal mine produces over 30 million tons of coal a year, but is also has an odd relationship with paleontologist as it digs holes of over 300ft in depth which has allowed them to discover thousands of fossils and the largest snake on record. youtube.com/watch?v=P9CGo…
The Sun converts 4 million tons of matter into energy every second. That's the equivalent mass of 40 aircraft carriers and power output of 50 billion nuclear bombs each second. solar-center.stanford.edu…
Residents in Shitterton, a hamlet in England, clubbed together to replace the town sign with one carved in 1.5 ton of stone to stop people stealing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A Nuclear Fuel Bank was built in Kazakhstan to act as a last resort nuclear fuel provider in the event of unforeseen, non-commercial supply disruptions. The facility holds 90 metric tons of enriched uranium, and its reserves are available to all members of the IAEA iaea.org/newscenter/press…
Today I Learned that Ton 618 is the largest super massive black hole with a scary large mass of 44 billion suns. It is also one of the brightest objects in the universe. epic.cpacamp.com/the-size…
Today I learned of the Texas City Disaster, where 2200 tons of Ammonium Nitrate exploded with a force of approximately 3 kilotons, ripping wings off passing airplanes and throwing a ship's anchor 1.5 miles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
In 1942, German sub U-68 torpedoed the 8,600-ton British freighter Surrey in the Caribbean Sea. Unbeknownst to the submarine crew, the Surrey carried tons of dynamite in the cargo which detonated. The shock wave lifted U-68 out of the water as if she had suffered a torpedo hit herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Mary was a five-ton Asian elephant who performed in the Sparks World Famous Shows circus. After killing a keeper on his second day at work, in Kingsport, Tennessee in 1916, she was hanged from a crane. blueridgecountry.com/arch…
From 1965 to 1968, the United States was dropping 32 tons of bombs per hour on North Vietnam. 7 million tons of bombs including 400,000 tons of napalm were dropped in Southeast Asia during the conflict. This is more than three times as many tons of bombs than were dropped in all of World War II currentaffairs.org/2018/0…
Today I learned about Oishi Matashichi, a Japanese anti-nuclear activist and a fisherman exposed to the radioactive fallout of the Bravo Nuclear Test. His catch of tuna and shark was found to be contaminated with radiation, resulting in two tons of tuna buried at Tsukiji fish market instead of being sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ois…
The first computer game was Nim, released in April 1940 on a computer called the Nimatron, which weighed over a ton. The designer was a nuclear physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer who later participated in the Manhattan Project. 100,000 games were played, with the computer winning ~90% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
The key to American victory in the Revolutionary War was the 75-ton β€œGreat Chain” that stretched across the Hudson River to prevent the British from moving inland. It was such an obstacle, they paid Benedict Arnold Β£20,000 for the plans to the Chain’s main defenses, at Fort West Point hvmag.com/life-style/hist…
The words "ton" and "tonne" refer to different units of weight. A British ton, or "gross ton" is 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. A US ton, or "net ton" is equal to 2,000 pounds or 907.1847 kg. A tonne, or "metric ton" is equal to 1,000 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
The amount of energy required to launch a typically outfitted space shuttle (110 metric tons) from rest to an orbital velocity of 17,500mph would be sufficient to power the average American home for 41 years (in 2014). ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/2…
Today I learned about SS Baychimo, a Swedish built 1,322 ton cargo steam-ship that was left abandoned by its crew in 1931 due to fear of sinking. Surprisingly, Baychimo did not sink, but instead drifted around as a ghost ship for nearly 40 years without a crew, she was last seen in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
In 1973 Orville Redenbacher appeared as a contest on To Tell the Truth. None of the celebrities were able to guess the real one from the two fakes, so they won $500, in addition to getting tons of publicity for his popcorn. historydaily.org/orville-…
Today I learned of "Burro" Schmidt a gold miner in the Mojave Desert who started digging a tunnel through the mountains to safely transport his ore to the smelter. He completed the tunnel in 38 years, moving 5,800 tons of granite with a pick. In the meantime a road was built so he never used the tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 1967 a three way battle erupted in Laos as Burmese militia, remnants of Chinese Nationalist armies and the Royal Loa Army each attempted to capture a mule train carrying 16 tons of opium. The Loatian forces emerged victorious and later peddled the heroin to US troops in Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
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…
Aimo Koivunen overdosed on methamphetamine, stepped on a land mine, survived for a week in a ditch by eating pine cones, skied 250 miles and was found weighing 94lb with a heart rate of 200bpm. Then wen ton to live for another 45 years! thedorkages.com/aimo-koiv…
Today I learned of the Osiris Tomb, a 98ft deep structure cut into bedrock between the Sphinx and Chepren pyramid. Containing highly polished granite throughs/sarcophagi weighing several tons. giza-legacy.ch/the-osiris…
In 1947, a ship carrying ammonium nitrate exploded, ripping the wings off airplanes flying nearby, launching its 2 ton anchor over a mile and a half away, blowing out windows 10 miles away, decimating the entire port of Texas City and the surrounding areas, killing at least 581 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
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_…
A ton of old mobile phones has 100 times the concentration of gold found in an actual gold mine. fastcompany.com/90512610/…
Archaeological studies found evidence of asbestos being used since the Stone Age to strengthen pots. Many developing countries today support using asbestos as a building material. Russia is the top producer, having produced 1 million tons in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asb…
: That Hydro-Quebec built the biggest vertical axle wind-turbine in the world! With it's 360ft height (110m), "Γ‰ole" was producing 4MW (enough to create power for more than 800 houses). Γ‰ole is no longer in operation since 1993 (1988-1993) due to some issue with the bearing olding it's 90+ tons hakkou.brahim.free.fr/Tou…
The destruction wrought by Genghis Khan led to about 700 million tons of carbon being removed from the atmosphere thanks to previously cultivated land becoming depopulated and forested - equivalent to a year of global demand for petrol today. carnegiescience.edu/news/…
1917 Halifax explosion which occurred after a ship carrying explosive material collided. The resulting explosion was equivalent to 2989 tons of TNT, it killed over 1500 people instantly. The telegraph that warned of the explosion ended saying "Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys." businessinsider.com/moab-…
A tablespoon of material from our Sun would weigh about 5lbs on Earth. A tablespoon of material from a Neutron Star would weigh over 1 billion tons, roughly as much as Mt. Everest. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
In the mid-1800's Italy installed several British built 100-ton, 450mm black powder cannons on it's newest warships and in response the British bought several from the same manufacturer to install on the island of Malta. None of the guns were never used in any conflict and only two exist today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
The Portuguese Flintstones house has a sofa that weighs over 1/3 of a ton. wallswithstories.com/hous…
Spain's newest submarine was 75+ tons heavier than expected because someone put a decimal point in the wrong place. It could go down, but might not come up again. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about the Ice block expedition of 1959. Glassvatt successfully transported 3 tons of ice from Mo i Rana to Libreville without any refrigeration , losing only 11% of ice weight in the journey which took 27 days to complete over 10,000 km(~6200miles). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In 1987, the USSR launched "Polyus" - an 80 ton, megawatt laser that successfully reached orbit but failed to orient itself correctly. After Gorbachev learned of the project, he halted it immediately with concerns that it might start a space war with the west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…

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