In 2015, as a prank, a science journalist and others set up a study which showed that eating chocolate could help you lose weight faster. The study was published in a scientific journal and widely reported in the media. theconversation.com/troll…
Saffron, the world's costliest spice by weight, has been cultivated by humans for at least 3500 years and there are no known Saffron plants in the wild. Scientists still disagree about which part of the world the plant orginated. It takes 150,000 flowers to make 1 kg of Saffron spice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
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-…
The greatest weight loss ever was by Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari who went from 610kg (1340lb) in 2013 down to 68kg (150lb) in 2017. He also holds the record for the highest BMI ever at 204. wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid…
Beethoven didn't know how to read a metronome and that's why his tempo indications are slower than what feels right (+-12bpm). After decades of theorising about it, turns out he was just writing down the number on the bottom of the metronome's upper weight, not the top. journals.plos.org/plosone…
During World War I, the German government carried out a census of Jews to prove that german Jews weren't pulling their weight in the war effort. What they found out instead was that Jews were overrepresented on the front lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
When JFK was only 3 years old, his father Joseph Kennedy narrowly escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing planned by a group of anarchists who used a wagon full of lead weights as a bomb. The explosion killed 38 bystanders, however, Kennedy was thrown unharmed to the ground. historycentral.com/TheTwe…
The masseter with all the jaw muscles working together can close the teeth with a force as great as 55 lb (25 kg) on the incisors and 200 lb (90.7 kg) on the molars. The masseter is deemed as the strongest muscle in our body based on its weight. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Empress Elisabeth of Austria would weigh herself 3 times a day. She used "tight-lacing" methods to reduce her waist size to 16 inches. Whenever her weight exceed 50 kg (110 lbs) she would do a "fasting cure". At her lowest point she weighed 95.7 lbs (43.5 kg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Sloths lose 1/3 of their body weight when they poop, which happens once a week on the ground, and in the standing position. businessinsider.com/the-h…
Today I learned of the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks 6,000 Americans and has shown that calorie control and regular exercise is key to keeping off the pounds, regardless of how much fat you eat. consumerreports.org/cro/2…
Saving data to an SSD, RAM, flash memory, etc. increases its weight by an extremely small amount. One calculation states that 1GB of flash memory completely filled with 1s weighs something like 729 femtograms more than the same memory filled with zeros. langa.com/index.php/2019/…
The heaviest weight ever lifted by the nipples is 32.6 kg (71.87 lb) and was achieved by "The Baron" (Finland) at Bush Hall, London, UK on 19 July 2013. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The perception of gold being valuable is not entirely a cultural valuation. It is partially based on its rarity but could mostly be explained by its weight, malleability, and the way it absorbs and reflects light. investopedia.com/articles…
In 1982, Brazil flooded what was one of the biggest and most stunning existing waterfalls on the planet to create a dam. In an effort to see this natural wonder one last time, 40 or so tourists drownend when a bridge collapse under the weight of the sudden spectator masses. history.howstuffworks.com…
Adopting a new fad diet is a predictor of future weight gain. People who adopt new diets will gain back even more weight within five years. Consistent exercise was the key factor that separated people who stayed thinner. Scientists advise realistic goals of dietary moderation and exercise. newsroom.ucla.edu/release…
The unit β€œcarat” for jewellery comes from the carob seed, which was used to measure their weight in ancient times. A carat, or 0.2g, is equivalent to the weight of a carob seed. jewelrywise.com/jewelry-1…
Constitutional Thinness is the medical condition that explains why some people are "naturally skinny". These people appear to be 'too thin' but are actually physically healthy and fail to gain weight in overfeeding studies. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
In 1963 Barbie introduced a teenaged β€œbabysitter” Barbie which was sold with a doll-sized book titled "How To Lose Weight," and read β€œDon’t Eat.” Babysitter Barbie also came with a pink scale, with the weight permanently reading 110, 35 pounds less than a woman her height should weigh groovyhistory.com/barbie-…
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) lost so much weight in the three year gap between the fifth and seventh films that he was nearly recast due to being "unrecognizable". He had to wear a fat suit for his final appearance as the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The majority of the weight lost on a diet is exhaled as carbon dioxide. bbc.com/news/health-30494…
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…
According to research, temporary, strong emotions, like sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste or perceive the amount of fat we're eating. People who are mildly depressed and who have elevated body weight may have lower sensitivity to fat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
Despite fasting during day hours, it is common for observant Muslims to gain weight during Ramadan ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The American pygmy shrew has such a high rate of metabolism that it needs to eat 3 times it's own weight per day. It's heart can beat upto 1200 times per minute and going for an hour without food could mean certain death for the shrew. nwf.org/Magazines/Nationa…
On July 24 1915, the SS Eastland rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and 4 crew. One of the causes of the disaster was the weight of additional lifeboats added to the upper decks in response to the sinking of the Titanic 3 years earlier. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Birds do not have lighter skeletons as an adaptation for flight. Skeletal mass to body mass scales almost identically in birds and mammals. The flight adaptation is that skeletal weight was simply redistributed from forelimbs to hindlimbs. jstor.org/stable/2459945?…
A 1992 study looked into why obese people who reported eating less than 1200 calories per day failed to lose weight. The study found the group underreported their actual food intake by an average (Β±SD) of 47Β±16 percent and overreported their physical activity by 51Β±75 percent. (Corrected link.) nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned about Parasite fighters, fighter aircraft carried into a combat zone by a larger aircraft such as a bomber. If the bomber were threatened, the parasite would be released to defend it. The concept has seldom been used, as weight of the parasite craft reduced the payload capacity of the carrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
An Australian sheep named Chris, whose mobility had been impaired as a result of the weight of the fleece he had grown over more than 5 years, was found wandering alone by a hiker. It's estimated that the record breaking long merino wool was enough to make 30 jumpers but had no commercial value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
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…
Cathy Smith inspired two classic songs by two different musicians. β€œThe Weight” by The Band and β€œSundown” by Gordon Lightfoot. She also caused John Belushi’s death by injecting him with a β€œspeedball β€œ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Nascar vehicles have realistic headlight decals instead of actual headlights due to weight restrictions. youtu.be/fLjnGGESYGc?t=28…
Land that was covered by glaciers during the last Ice Age is still rising about a centimeter a year, 12,000 years after the massive weight of the ice sheets is gone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
A single gram of synthetic DNA contains 250 PERABYTES of storage capacity and can be copied endlessly for free. This is enough storage to theoretically store every bit of datum ever recorded by humans in a container about the size and weight of a couple of pickup trucks. sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Today I learned about the Welcome Stranger, the biggest alluvial gold nugget found. Discovered in 1869 in Australia, the nugget had a gross weight of over 241 lbs. It was sold to the London Chartered Bank of Australia for Β£9,381; as of 2019, the nugget would be worth $3.4 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Today I learned about Duncan MacDougall, a physician who conducted an experiment and weighed patients before and after their deaths. He saw that after death patients were 21g lighter and called this the β€œweight of the soul”. discovermagazine.com/mind…
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…
Rice that was cooled and then reheated increase resistant starch content, meaning more part of the rice can't be digested, which is good for weight loss and people with Diabetes Mellitus pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Researchers taught monkeys to lift weights until they could lift weight equivalent of doing a one armed pull-up. This study demonstrated that strength is gained through development of the nervous system before muscle is added. inverse.com/mind-body/wei…
The stone weight was an old English unit of mass equal to 14 pounds (6.35 kg). Although now prohibited for commercial use in the United Kingdom the stone is customarily used for body weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
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…
Rosemary is poisonous in large quantities. Rosemary is up to 0.5% camphor by weight; 400 grams of rosemary contains up to 2 grams of camphor, which is enough to cause serious toxicity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
A fish called the Bony-eared Assfish holds the record for the smallest brain-to-body weight ratio of any Vertebrate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
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…
Today I learned about Paul Kimelman, who held the Guinness World Record for the greatest weight-loss in the shortest amount of time and was featured on the book's cover in 1982, having lost nearly 400 pounds (28.5 stone for my homies across the pond) in only seven months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…

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