In 1970, a sniper shot a semi-trailer carrying 20 tons of TNT creating a 30' deep and 50' wide crater in the middle of the interstate ozarksfirst.com/top-stori…
Between 1978 and 1980, Michel Lotito ate an entire Cessna 150 airplane piece by piece. He is estimated to have eaten nine tons of metal over his lifetime, for which he was awarded a brass plaque by the Guinness Book of World Records. (He also ate the award.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Spiders Eat Up to 800 Million Tons of Prey Each Year, nearly twice the amount by weight of meat humans consume each year. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Yuri Kondratyuk, Soviet pioneer of astronautics, while working in Siberia, built an enormous wooden grain elevator with a capacity of 13 000 tons without using any nails. Due to using such an unusual construction, he was arrested in suspicion of sabotage. The elevator stood till the 90s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
During the 1930's, brothers Homer and Langley Collyer filled their house with over 140 tons of debris (including guns, human organs in jars, and fourteen pianos) which they made into a booby-trapped maze. Langley was killed by one of the traps in 1947, and Homer, unable to escape, starved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
For up to 15 years after WW2 the USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste into ocean tampabay.com/news/militar…
A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster. money.cnn.com/2015/09/01/…
A 6-ton night pearl worth 2.2 billion yuan (331 million US dollars) was discovered in Northern China's Inner Mongolia. It is mainly composed of a fluorite mineral and emits translucent crystal ray in the darkness. geologyin.com/2016/10/six…
Today I learned about Project Babylon, an Iraqi space gun project commissioned by Saddam Hussein. The biggest of the weapons planned weighed in at around 2100 tons and could fire a projectile 1 meter in diameter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
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…
The United States still possesses chemical weapons, including 1673 tons of mustard gas. They are set to be destroyed by 2024. defense.gov/Explore/News/…
In 1582, the English merchant fleet had a total carrying capacity of 68,000 tons and required about 16,000 sailors (The container ship OOCL Hong Kong, christened in 2017, can carry some 200,000 tons while requiring a crew of only 22). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
A teaspoonful of a neutron star weighs six billion tons nasa.gov/mission_pages/ch…
A temple housing a 500-ton statue of the Buddha was commissioned by Emperor Shomu in response to an epidemic which wiped out one third of the Japanese population. Casting the statue almost bankrupted the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C…
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…
Today I learned of TON-618, the largest ever recorded black hole. It is a ridiculous 66 billion times more massive than the sun, and 280 thousand times it’s diameter. wikipedia.org/wiki/TON_61…
The largest Giant Squid recorded by scientists weighed nearly a ton and measured 43' (13m), but are rarely seen alive in their habitat due to living deep underwater; these Giant Squids are capable of catching prey 33' (10m) away using tentacles 2x the squid's length with sharp suckers attached ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/i…
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…
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…
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…
In 2017, of the 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste generated by Americans, only 94.2 million tons were recycled or composted. 66% of discarded paper and cardboard was recycled, 27% of glass, and 8% of plastics. blogs.ei.columbia.edu/202…
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 of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly mission, in which NASA will launch a nuclear powered drone weighing half a ton to Saturn's moon Titan. The plan is that the nuclear powered drone will fly around on Titan, scouting its terrain while searching for complex and prebiotic chemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
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/
A teaspoon of neutron star material would weigh around a billion tons and that neutron stars can rotate as fast as 600 times per second astronomy.swin.edu.au/cos…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
In 1986 a limnic eruption released 100,000–300,000 tons of CO2 from Lake Nyos. The amount of CO2 was so much that it displaced the oxygen in the surrounding area and suffocated 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Despite being land locked countries, a Czech-Austrian inventor was the first to use a screw type propeller to power a ship. His ship, Civetta of 48 gross register tons, reached a speed of about 6 knots (11 km/h). This was the first ship successfully driven by an Archimedes screw-type propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The difference between a "Tonne" and a "Ton" - both are units of weight, but a β€œton” is a British and American measure, while a β€œtonne” is a metric measure. A β€œtonne” is equal to 1,000 kg and a "ton" is is equal to 2,240 pounds or 1,016.047 kg. blog.harwardcommunication…
Today I learned about debris leftover from space missions. Over 23,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth, weighing more than 8,000 tons in total. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
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 Mike Yurosek, the inventor of the baby carrot. His carrot operation produced 400 tons of misshapen carrots each day. He started bagged smaller pieces and sent them to Vons. He said "I'm sending you some carrots to see what you think". Next day they called and said, 'We only want those.'" nysun.com/obituaries/mike…
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…
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 of operation mana. Towards the end of WWII the royal air force air dropped tons of food over still occupied Netherlands. Initial test flights were undertaken before a ceasefire was agreed, and even then the bombers carrying the food had to fly at an altitude of hundreds metres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
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…
The longest conveyor belt system in the world is in Morocco/The Western Sahara, moves ~3 million ton's of mined sulfur, and can be seen from space atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The average weight of all air on Earth is about 5 quadrillion tons. We don't get crushed because the weight is distributed evenly over the Earth's surface. chainreactionkids.org/sto…
In the late 1990s, cricket players would refer to a bowler dismissing five batters, generally called a "five-for", as "a Michelle", after Michelle Pfeiffer; and cricket batters would call scoring 100 runs, generally called a "ton", as "a Jennifer", after Jennifer Anniston ("a nice ton") independent.co.uk/sport/c…
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…
Today I learned of an extinct prehistoric elephant species called Palaeoloxodon namadicus. Weighing up to 24 tons, it is the largest land mammal to have ever existed and is even heavier than any non-sauropod dinosaurs. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of the Titanoboa,a snake more than 40 feet long and weighing more than a ton. It ate crocodiles smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
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…
By weight, 1,500 objects make up 98% of all space debris in low Earth orbit, and weigh only 1,900 tons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
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…
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 the Berlin Airlift, an American and British operation that flew a peak of 12,941 tons of food, fuel and other necessities daily to West Berlin between 1948 ans 1949, because of a land blockade imposed by the Soviet Union trying to stop the use of a west backed currency in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
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…
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…

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