There is a town in the UK that publicly weighs their Mayor before and after their term to ensure they haven't gained weight at the taxpayers’ expense. If they have gained weight they are publicly booed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
Despite the popular use of being 'low on the totem pole' being lower down in the pecking order, native americans would often accord the most prestige to the lowest position on the totem pole, seen as 'bearing the weight of all other figures', or at eye level to heighten significance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
In 1793, Thomas Jefferson requested a 1kg copper cylinder from France, to be used as a weight standard in adopting the metric system in the United States. The ship carrying the copper was blown off course into the Caribbean, where it was looted by pirates. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Human hair rejected by wigmakers and sent from hair salons is being used to create oil adsorbing booms for ocean oil spills. Hair can adsorb 3-9 times its own weight in oil. everwideningcircles.com/2…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The weight of silverware in restaurants impacts how much a customer is willing to pay for their meal flavourjournal.biomedcent…
Pooping is really the only reason for a sloth to ever leave its tree, and it's the only time they have to stand upright. They only poop once a week, and can lose up to one-third of their body weight by pooping. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A "Baker's Dozen" is a result of a 13th century English law saying that selling a dozen units that failed to meet a certain average weight could result in a fine. Bakers got around the law by selling by the "13" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doz…
I learned that Owls can't move their eyes at all - they can only look straight ahead. To compensate, they use their long, flexible necks to move their eyes through 270 degrees of rotation. Their eye 'structures' provide fantastic vision and account for up to five percent of their body weight. animalquestions.org/birds…
What we mean by fonts is actually called a typeface. Fonts are the different weights, styles and other (thing bold and italic) representations of a particular typeface. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The earliest known vending machine was invented in 1st century Rome by Hero of Alexandria. Customers could insert a coin into his machine, and the coin's weight would depress a lever and open a valve to dispense holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned about the saffron crocus flower that is used to make the most valuable spice in the world (by weight)-- saffron. It can take 50,000–75,000 plants to produce 1 pound of saffron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Female monarch butterflies feed in part on male sperm, which is digested in a special organ in a reproductive system, bursa copulatrix. The ejaculate weighs 23% of adult monarch male weight. d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
During her early acting career from age 14, "The Wizard of Oz" actress Judy Garland was under abuse by studio executives due to her weight and short figure and was put on a strict diet of chicken soup black coffee and numerous cigarettes a day along with diet pills to maintain her appetite. biography.com/news/judy-g…
Sloths only poop once a week, and when they do they lose up to 1/5th of their body weight. Pooping for sloths is also responsible for 50% of their deaths, as being down on the ground is a vulnerable time for them. Overall, the entire trip to poop uses 8% of their daily energy needs. blog.nature.org/science/2…
At the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, winners receive the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash and an entry into the World Championship in Finland. huffpost.com/entry/10-sup…
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…
A study testing the idea of negative calorie foods, by feeding fasted bearded dragons celery and inspecting their feces and urate after meals, found celery and other foods to not be negative calorie. But, they do contribute to generating a negative energy budget and thus the loss of body weight. biorxiv.org/content/10.11…
UFC1 had no weight classes and just 3 rules - no biting, eye gouging, or groin shots. There was no time limit and the winner, Royce Gracie, had to fight 3 guys in the same day on November 12, 1993, to win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC…
If you climb to the altitude of 408 km from Earth, a person’s weight would be around 90% of what it would be on the ground. The ISS astronauts’ weightlessness is not because β€œspace has no gravity”. Their weightlessness is due to them being in a free fall, constantly accelerating towards Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
The reason some dinosaurs were able to get so large was that they had "air sacks" in and around their bones, which prevented them from being crushed under their own weight and allowing them to grow to enormous sizes. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Dog obesity is positively correlated with owner obesity. This effect is only seen in dogs and not cats. The study suggests that this correlation can be attributed to obese owners walking their dogs less. No explanation other than neutering is given for the variation in weight among cats. cambridge.org/core/journa…
Even though Canada has converted to the metric system, many things such as height, weight, floor area of houses, and more are still measured in imperial units angusreid.org/metric/
Today I learned about the Hillsborough Stadium Crush. The stadium became so over packed that people began to be physically crushed under the weight of other fans. The disaster resulted in the death of 96 people and left 766 people injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
Hercules Beetles, also known as a rhinoceros beetle, the Hercules beetle is the longest beetle and is the strongest creature on Earth for its size β€” it can carry 850 times its weight! That’s like a person carrying seven elephants! entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
Harry Melling (Dudley from Harry Potter) lost so much weight before the filming of The Deathly Hallows that he had to wear a fat suit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
While the brain represents just 2% of a person’s total body weight, it accounts for 20% of the body’s energy use; the bulk of a brain’s energy consumption is put toward sustaining alertness and monitoring the environment for important information time.com/5400025/does-thi…
Today I learned about Chronic Wasting Disease, a contagious disease that infects the brains of deer, elk, and other ruminants. It causes weight loss, confusion, tremors, and is always fatal. Found in at least 24 states, scientists are unsure whether it can transfer to humans via contact or meat consumption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the champion among fish - it can reach a length of 13.5 m and a weight of 34 t! It is assumed that it can grow significantly more. It lives in the open waters of tropical oceans and it is rarely found in waters that have a temperature below 22 Β° C. needforscience.com/biolog…
Two of The Most Ripped Boxers in Tyson and Jones Did Not Lift Weights brawlbros.com/boxing-work…
A Blue whales tongue can weight as much as an elephant! nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned about Grace Hopper (1906-1992). She was rejected by the Navy during WWII due to her age, her weight-to-height ratio and utility as a mathematics professor. Instead she became a programmer of the Harvard Mark I computer, and later popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
During the Golden Gate Bridge sagged by 7 feet under the weight of 300,000 people on it celebrating its 50th anniversary . The towers were even pulled inward from so much weight. standard.net/lifestyle/25…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
Today I learned of the Pelton Wheel, a more efficient water wheel, 1st used during the California Gold Rush. The wheel extracts energy from the impulse of moving water shooting into a split concave bucket, as opposed to water's dead weight like the traditional overshot water wheel. asce.org/project/pelton-i…
Today I learned about Lizzie VelΓ‘squez, a woman unable to gain weight. The 31yo is a motivational speaker and YouTuber, and she’s never weighed more than 64 lbs due to an extremely rare genetic disorder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz…
There is a shrew that evolved anti-crush defense and can withstand force 1000 times its weight unharmed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The knobby bumps on a giraffes head are not bone antlers (as with deer) but are hard cartilage (like the hard part of a human ear), and add weight and firmness that allow the giraffe to use its neck and head as a ball and chain flail and deliver fatal blows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oss…
Today I learned of Marty Irby who spoke out against soring TN Walking Horses: caustic stuff & weights are put on legs; a horse throws its leg in the air reacting to the pain which trains the horse for The Big Lick high-stepping. Irby got death threats & even his wife left him for taking a stance against soring. wunc.org/post/criminal-bi…
Psilocybin comprises approximately 1% of the weight of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, and so nearly 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lb) of dried mushrooms, or 17 kilograms (37 lb) of fresh mushrooms, would be required for a 60-kilogram (130 lb) person to reach the 280 mg/kg LD50 value of rats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
Researchers discovered something dubbed "Cheese Metabolism". People who eat fatty cheese were found to paradoxically have healthier body compositions than those who don't. They theorize a substance in cheese called butyrate increases metabolism which can help people manage their weight better. vice.com/en_us/article/qk…
The weight of the entire internet is calculated to be around 50 grams oldnewsclub.com/how-heavy…
UFC fighters actually weigh much more in their daily lives than in the weight classes they compete in. They use extreme weight manipulation to lose 15-20 lbs. in 5 days before the weigh in, and then gain all that weight back in the 24 hrs before the fight. Including GSP and Silva. tim.blog/2013/05/06/how-t…
Today I learned about shrinkflation, the practice of stealthily reducing a product's size while maintaining its price so that consumers may unknowingly pay the same for less. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, 2,529 supermarket products decreased in size or weight between 2012 and 2017. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
"mile" derives from Latin "miles passus", meaning "thousand paces". In the same way, "kilo" derives from Greek and also means thousand. Thus, depending on which language you say "thousand" in, you are talking about either weight or distance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The females of most bird species only have one functioning ovary (the left one). The right one exists, but does not develop fully and is non-functional. This is probably an adaptation to reduce body weight for flight. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Despite having a weight of 1100 pounds, an adult colossal squid only needs to consume about 30 grams of prey per day, due to an extremely slow metabolism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Little boy (64kg) had ten times the weight of explosive fuel than fatman (6.4 kg) web.stanford.edu/class/e2…
Pooping can be a life-threatening experience for a Sloth. They take a dump around once a week and have terrible constipation. A single poop can be up to a third of the Sloth's body weight. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, once the fattest man on Earth at 610 kg (1,340 lb), he started losing weight in 2013 and by 2017 after only 4 years he had successfully lost 542 kg (1,195 lb) and reached an healthy weight of 68 kg (150 lb), it was the biggest weight loss ever recorded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
The tapeworm diet started with women in the Victorian Era. The style was to have pale skin, eyes that looked dilated, red cheeks and lips, and a tiny waist. In the age of corsets, they also ingested tapeworms to lose weight. Still practiced today, women take a pill that has a tapeworm egg inside healthline.com/health/die…
Neonics pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Liposuction, the most common cosmetic surgery in the U.S., is not an effective form of weight loss nor does it affect obesity related problems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lip…
β€˜The Drinking Man’s Diet’ was the 1960s ancestor to Atkins and paleo. It was based on the observation that alcoholics dranks thousands of calories per day and actually lost weight. It became one of the most popular diets of the decade, selling 2.4 million copies. The author lived 98 years. timeline.com/drinking-man…
Today I learned of the sinking of the PS General Slocum, the second worst disaster in terms of lives lost in NYC, in which many people drowned because the life jackets had been filled with iron in order to meet minimum weight requirements of the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_…
I learned by the time a person dies that they would have shed half their body weight in skin sciencefocus.com/the-huma…
Today I learned of the Finnish sport of wife carrying, in which male competitors race while carrying a female teammate through a special obstacle track. The Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in SonkajΓ€rvi, Finland, and the prize is the wife's weight in beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
President Lyndon Johnson was known for his vulgar behaviour. He would burp, fart, pick his nose, and scratch his crotch in front of people. He would also openly urinate in front of others, including in front of a reporter at his ranch. He also harassed women about their weight and looks. nationalpost.com/opinion/…
Today I learned about Navy airmen Frank O'Flaherty and Bruno Gaido. They were captured by the Japanese during the battle of Midway. Only after the end of the war was it discovered that they were interrogated on board the destroyer Mikagumo, then had weights tied to them and were pushed overboard to their deaths findagrave.com/memorial/2…
Human poop, by weight, is mostly bacteria. Dead and alive bacteria. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7…
Narwhals tusks are elongated teeth, can grow up to 10 ft, and can bend up to a foot to one side without breaking. Their purpose is still not well understood. Some narwhals do not have tusks. Their skin is very rich in vitamin C, the same as an orange by weight. There are none in captivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nar…
The American woodcock has the largest visual field of not only any bird, but of any terrestrial vertebrate because its large eyes are set far back and high on its head, causing its brain to be flipped upside down.It rocks back and forth while foraging and eats its body weight in worms every day. ruffedgrousesociety.org/w…
There was once a flying reptile the size of a giraffe. Its weight is estimated to range from 70 to 250 kgs. Its wingspan was over 10 m. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about the elephant bird that went extinct around 1000 -1200 BCE. The birds were so large they could reach the weight of 1,600 pounds and grow as tall as 9.8 feet. There eggs had a circumference of 35 inches. They once lived on Madagascar and the closest living relative is the Kiwi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about half of the Lincoln Memorial is hidden underground. The 43,800-square-foot basement was built with dozens of concrete columns to support the weight of the marble structure. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Today I learned about the TKS Tankette. This WWII era tank was about the size and weight of a large pickup truck. The Polish Army reported heavy casualties due to its size and poor armor. tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww…
A Kilogram was previously defined by the weight of a platinum-based ingot locked in a safe in Paris. It has been used since 1889. The General Conference on Weights and Measures decided to redefine Kilogram in terms of an electric current. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
About Aerogel, an insulator up to R-30 per inch, or the equivalent of 10 inches of fiberglass insulation. It's been used on the Mars Rover. It's also more expensive than gold by weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Today I learned about the Erfurt latrine disaster in 1184. A party of nobles gathered in a room within the Church of St. Peter in Erfurt, right above the latrine pit of the monks. Due to the weight of the party the floor of the room collapsed and up to 100 nobles died plummeting in the fecal pool. thefortweekly.com/issues/…
, Andy Warhol made an adaptation of A Clockwork Orange in 1965. The film, "Vinyl", is about Victor, who spends his time lifting weights, dancing and torturing people before being arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
During the extreme heat and physical strain of some of the Formula 1 races, driver[s] can lose up to 5 kilos of weight. openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/…
During WWI, there was limited supplies of cotton, so doctors used sphagnum moss for bandages. It can hold 22x its own weight in liquid and is a natural antiseptic. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
IMAX Movie platter weights 250kg (550lb). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMA…
Those dramatic scenes where the hero/character passes out from holding/lifting to much weight is actually possible barbend.com/lifters-pass-…
During WWII, Russian soldiers took β€œheat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heatβ€”it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Koalas have one of the smallest brains in proportion to body weight of any mammal. They are so dumb, that when presented with leaves on a flat surface instead of on branches, they are unable to recognize them as food and will not eat them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koa…
A professional Yugoslavian basketball player Slobodan "Boban" JankoviΔ‡ got mad at a refs call during a game and headbutted a concrete pole. He became paralyzed as a result. He gained weight and died of heart failure in 2006 during a holiday cruise in Rhodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Vampire bats can consume 50% of their weight in blood making them too heavy to fly. So when feeding on liquid rich blood they begin urinating almost immediately. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vam…
6 to 10% of premenopausal women have high testosterone in a disease known as polycystic ovary syndrome. This leads to reduced fertility, irregular periods, excess facial hair, male-like baldness, weight gain, among others. health.harvard.edu/drugs-…
Exercise does not actually contribute much to weight loss. Simply eating better has a significantly bigger impact, even without much exercise. nytimes.com/2015/06/16/up…
Botticelli's art was never fully committed to naturalism. He seldom gave weight and volume to his figures, rarely used a deep perspectival space and never painted landscape backgrounds with great detail or realism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One teaspoon of neutron star equals the weight of around 900 Pyramids of Giza. futurism.com/the-weight-o…
Only the outer layer of tree trunks are alive. The center of the trunk is technically dead but it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact. A piece of the dead core 12" long and 1" by 2" in cross section set vertically can support a weight of twenty tons. arborday.org/trees/RingsT…
Crickets have the largest testes in the world compared to body ratio - at 14% of their weight - b/c they have a LOT of sex. Highly promiscuous female Mormon crickets also FIGHT TO EAT SPERM (spermatophore). The spermatophore can be 27% of the male's body weight. theconversation.com/if-si…
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…
Sylvester Stallone taught John Travolta how to be fit in 1983, Stallone in later years began to refer actors who want to gain weight to dinner at his old friends home to help them fatten up people.com/archive/cover-…
Nutrition professor Mark Haub lost 27 pounds on a Twinkie/Dorito/Sugar diet to prove that weight loss is based on caloric intake, and not on nutrition. cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08…
It is 100% legal be to buried at sea in the USA. You basically wrap the body in a sheet with some weights, at least 3 miles from shore and throw it off the boat. The Navy even has a program to assist veterans of the armed services. epa.gov/ocean-dumping/bur…
Today I learned about DNP,a chemical that causes rapid weight loss in humans.It was prescribed to 100,000 people in the 1930s in the US and then discontinued after 2 people used 10x the recommended dose and died.It's being studied as potential treatment for obesity,Alzheimer's,Parkinson's diseases and epilespy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
JFK’s PT-109 patrol boat came under attack near the Solomon Islands, and sunk. Swam 3.5 miles to the island. He then etched an SOS message into a coconut shell, asked two natives to deliver it to a nearby base in order to arrange for their rescue. He later turned the shell into a paper weight. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
An amount of uranium less than weight of a dollar bill actually caused the destruction in Hiroshima. gizmodo.com/less-than-2-o…
Inmates in Monowitz were fed so poorly that they suffered an average weight loss for each individual of about 7.75 lbs per week. Without supplemental nutrition death inevitably ensued in 3 months. remember.org/fact-fin-die…
There is no evidence that the popular 'keto diet' leads to sustainable weight loss, and the diet was developed to treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children and is not low in carbohydrates only but also in proteins, providing just enough to maintain the correct weight for age and height. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low…
A Saudi man, who was then the heaviest person alive and the second heaviest person ever recorded at 1340lbs (610kg) in 2013, was ordered by his King to lose weight. He then lost 1195lbs, and in 2017, weighed just 150lbs(68kg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
Naim SΓΌleymanoğlu (AKA The Pocket Hercules) is the 1st and only weightlifter to have snatched 2.5 times his body weight, and the 2nd of only 7 lifters to date to clean and jerk 3x his body weight. He is the only weightlifter to date to clean and jerk 10 kilos more than 3x his bodyweight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nai…
The Nazi's went on an Antarctic expedition to claim it before WW2. When doing airplane surveys they had to drop weight, so they dropped boxes of metal swastikas that were supposed to be dropped all over Antarctica. So there's boxes of swastikas on the Antarctic ocean floor somewhere. history.com/news/hitler-n…
A startup plans to store energy by lifting huge weights up a disused mine shaft when electricity is cheap, dropping them down to generate power when it's expensive. Using a 12,000-tonne weight (roughly the weight of the Eiffel tower), it should be half as expensive as equivalent Li-ion battery theguardian.com/environme…

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