Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Singing In the Rain Group

The autumn rains have arrived in LA and I think it's fair to say that I have rain on the brain.  So in my ongoing search for stuff that weighs more than me,  I found this little gem--the world's largest umbrella dance group.  This large crew of folks in Bath (giggle) Somerset England all came out in the rain to dance to "Singin' in the Rain".  Apparently the group prepared for over six months before their big debut at the Bath International Dance Festival.  It looks like so much fun!  Check out the video below:

While it's difficult to determine EXACTLY how much this group weighs, we do know that we are talking about over 200 dancers complete with raincoats and umbrellas.  Here's the stats:

Dancers: 234
Estimated weight: Over one metric ton

Conclusion: The world's largest umbrella dance troupe weighs more than me.  (Oh and, doot doodle doo, doo, doo, doot doodle doodle doo....)

P.S. If you'd like to hear a little more about my own tromping around in the rain, check out my recent post on The Fat Chick Sings over HERE!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: SWAK

Okay, the whole Maura Kelly blog kiss kerfluffle finally got me off my (proverbial) butt and back to blogging.  And what else should I blog about but the world's largest (solid chocolate) kiss.  This bad boy, created by Hershey for the 100th anniversary of the Hershey's Kiss was awarded the World Record. 

It took 152 people 9 days to construct it.  Check out the video HERE.

This is one seriously BIG FAT KISS.  Check out the stats:

Height: 12 feet
Width: 10.5 feet wide at the base 
Covered in: 16,460 feet of foil. 
Weight:  30,540 pounds*

Conclusion:  The world's biggest chocolate kiss weighs more than me.
Interested in hearing more about the whole kiss controversy?  Click HERE to learn more on Fat Chick Sings.

* It would have taken 2,901,3000 regular kisses to make the world's biggest kiss.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: King Kong


Just last week I got a chance to see the King Kong 360 3-D ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  I got the special VIP tour with the Producers Guild of America (the PGA that isn't about golf).  It was so fun!  And as I was sitting there in the dark, and as our tram was pounded by a huge silverback gorilla, it occurred to me--this bad boy totally qualifies for this site!


According to the fact sheet provided by the helpful folks at Universal, King Kong is:
30 ft. high,
20 ft. wide,
And if realized in flesh and bone, would weigh over 6000 pounds.
Any way you shape it, this hairy dude definitely weighs more than me!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: A really BIG mama

Towering seventeen stories above the Russian city of Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad), this statue (known as "The Motherland Calls") stands as a "striking combination of neoclassical styling and Stalinist kitsch".  I know we've seen some big statues here on this blog, but this gal is truly heroic.  I mean, look carefully at the picture above.  See those two little dots just to the right of her toe.  Those are PEOPLE!  Honest to gosh, full-sized people.  Made to represent the Soviet victory over Nazi invaders, this chick is no pushover:

Height: (from plinth to top of the figure's head) 170 feet
Height: (from plinth to top of the sword) nearly 300 feet
Length of each of the two shawl pieces: longer than 18 wheel semi truck
Weight: Over 8,000 tons

Conclusion, this girl is not afraid to be seen and she definitely weighs more than me.

Want to read some more about a girl not afraid to be seen?  Click HERE to read about my latest exploits on The Fat Chick Sings.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stuff That Weighs More than Me: The World's Biggest Vuvuzela


For a little piece of plastic, these things make a very, VERY big noise.  Even for the little plastic version, sound pressure can reach as high as 120 decibels at 1 meter from the horn opening.  One might think that would be enough noise, but OH, NO. Not when crazed soccer fans and the companies who wish to market to them get involved.

So for the 2010 World Cup Hyundai set out to create the World's Largest Vuvuzela, which is played at the beginning of each match.  There's no question that this thing is big, at over 114 feet long.  It's hard to say exactly how much it weighs, but given it's size and the fact that it needs it's own freeway to rest on, I think it's safe to say it weighs more than me.  Check out the video:

Aside from the very large Hyundai Vuvuzela (which is some smart marketing by the way), there's also the matter of the world's largest vuvuzela concert.  A total of 12,511 people all managed to blow vuvuzelas simultaneously for a brand-new Guinness World Records-approved achievement.  So if we calculate a minimum of 100 lbs per person including the plastic vuvuzela, we're looking at over 62 short tons of fun here!  So whether we're talking about the Hyundai vuvuzela or the world's biggest vuvuzela concert, we're most definitely talking about something that weighs more than me.

Want to hear about another great vuvuzela concert?  Click HERE to check out some classical vuvuzela moments!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Solid Gold

Temple of the Golden Buddha or Wat Traimit houses a solid gold Buddha image.  At one point, towards the end of the 18th century, the statue was covered with stucco and moved in order to hide it from the invading Burmese.  Later the temple that housed the statue was closed down, and the statue was moved to Wat Traimit in Chinatown in Bangkok.  The abbot of the temple tried to get the statue transmitted, but because of it's large size and plain looks nobody wanted it.  As they moved the statue, it got caught in the rain and dropped, causing the stucco to break away and the solid gold statue underneath to be revealed.  Needless to say, the statue still resides at Wat Traimit.

Here's some stats:
Distance from knee to knee of the lap: over 9 ft.
Distance from base to top: Over 11 ft.
Purity of gold base to neck: 40%
Purity of gold chin to forehead: 80%
Purity of gold hair and topknot: 99%
Weight of hair and topknot: 99 lbs.
Total Weight: 5.5 tons

Conclusion: More than my weight in gold by quite a stretch.

Getting a craving for some Thai food?  Check out this awesome recipe for Thai Green Curry Fish HERE on Fat Chick Sings!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: 720ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

This is a bra sculpture, apparently seen at Burning Man.  I actually have very little information about it other than the obvious--it's big.  I mean REALLY big.  This thing gives new meaning to the slang over the shoulder boulder holders.

I'm guessing the material was wire and fiberglass.  But even with those lightweight materials, this thing has to be heavy.  I'd guess a height of about 15 feet and a circumference of about 60 feet.   Minimally I"m guessing 500 lbs for this sculpture.  But one thing I do know, the seriously huge knockers that would fit in this getup, would weigh more than me.

Wondering why I'm obsessed with underwear?  Check out the article on The Fat Chick Sings.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More Than Me: T. rex

Don't let my friendly picture with Buddy the baby T-Rex and my friend James at the recent PGA screening at the Egyptian fool you.  A full grown tyrannosaurus rex was a truly gigantic creature.  The footprints alone were over 1.55 feet long (although the feet were much longer--closer to 3.3 feet since t-rexes apparently twinkled around on their tippy toes.).  And the T-rex's skull was an astonishing 5 feet long.  Here's the rest of the stats:

Height: 15-20 ft.
Length: Up to 40 ft.
Stride length: 15-20 ft.
Weight: 4-8 tons

Conclusions: A) I don't want to meet a real one of these things in the flesh, ever.  B) An adult T-rex weighs more than me.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Four Really, Really Big Beds

A recent promotion hosted by IHG to celebrate a free hotel room giveaway featured the "World's Largest Bed Jump."  With over 20,000 participants bouncing in four different cities in 4 separate countries, (Shanghai, New York, London and Paris) this was clearly more than your average adolescent pillow fight.  And the centerpiece of this promotion?  Four absolutely humongous beds.  Here's the Stats:

Bed Dimensions: 42 feet x 28 feet
Mattresses: 30 double mattresses
Duvet: Large enough to cover 65 regular double beds
Construction Materials:
  • 6 tons of steel
  • 2,200 pounds of wood
  • Over 200,000 nuts and bolts
Total Weight: About 8 tons
Conclusion: Those really, really big beds weigh more than me.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Strawberry Shortcake

No, I'm not talking about the little girl with the pink prairie hat.  I'm talking shortcake baby, I mean a big one.  Specifically, the world's largest strawberry cake.

Apparently in 2005, the largest fruit shortcake ever was baked in La Trinidad.  This sweet, strawberry behemoth apparently fed 42,080 people at the town's 4th annual Strawberry Cake Festival in the Philippines.  Here's the stats:

Shape: Giant Strawberry
Height: 8 ft.
Length: 12 ft.
Width: 9 ft.
Ingredients:  1082.5 pounds of butter, 2128.5 pounds of strawberry preserves and 5170 pounds of strawberries.

Total weight: 21,120 lbs.

Conclusion: The world's largest shortcake weighs more than me.

Want to hear more about SHORTCAKE?  Check out my second sexberry article HERE on The Fat Chick Sings!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: World's Largest Strawberry

Located in Strawberry Point in Iowa (where all the big fiberglass veggies live) is the world's largest strawberry.   The giant berry was apparently built in 1968 by F. Hardie Advertising in Dubuque, IA.
Here's the Stats:
Size: 15 ft x 12 ft
Status: Ripe
Weight: 1,430

Conclusion: The world's biggest strawberry weighs more than me.
Want to hear about sexberries and why I have strawberries on the brain?  Click HERE to read about it on Fat Chick Sings!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Whale Shark

The sweet chile salmon I had for dinner the other night [recipe here] got me thinking about the biggest fish in the sea, and that my friends is the whale shark.  (Before you get all sassy, regular whales aren't fish, they're mammals--so there nyeah.)  Despite it's organic, low-carb, largely vegetarian diet, this is one big mother of a fish.  And the lovely, gentle whale shark offers further proof that not all big girls live on McDonalds Big Macs and ice cream sundaes.  Here's the stats:

Diet: Plankton, seaweeds and small fish
Length: 18-32.2 feet
Approximate Volume: Similar to a school bus
Average Weight: 20.6 tons

Conclusion: The Whale Shark weighs more than me.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Riding the Rails

My excursion to the McDonalds Railroad got me thinking about rail cars.  As it turns out, passenger rail cars went through several heavyweight and lightweight stages depending on whether smooth ride (comfort) or fuel efficiency (speed) were in vogue.  This is sort of the transportation equivalent of the yo-yo dieter.  In any case, here's the current stats:

Rail Car Length: 60-70 ft.
Weight Empty: 30 tons
Weight Full: Up to 140 tons

Conclusion: Empty or full, a rail car weighs more than me.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Dover (and his Bloomin' Arse)

Went to the races today and so I have horses on the brain.  (Not literally, I mean--ouch!)  But I loved watching those beauties sprint across the line.  So I did a little research and here are the stats:

Hand=4 inches
Height: 15-17 hands (60-68 inches)
Weight: 900-1200 lbs.

Conclusion: A race horse weighs more than me (and is faster than me too). 
Want to hear more about my trip to the races?  [Click here.]

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The World's Largest (Easter) Basket

Keeping with the Easter theme, today we're talking about the world's biggest basket (which becomes the world's largest Easter basket but only between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday).

The basket is a 160x replica of Longaberger's Medium Market Basket and is used as the Longaberger company headquarters.  Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday large replica eggs are added to the top of the basket.

Here's the stats:

Bottom Dimensions: 192 ft. long by 126 ft. wide
Roofline Dimensions: 208-ft. long by 142-ft. wide at the roofline
Weight: I can't find any statistics or estimates.  But we're talking about a 7 story building here.  Shortly after the thing was built a small PLANE flew through the handles.  So I feel it's pretty safe to say:

It weighs more than me.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The World's Largest (Edible) Easter Egg

Oh.  My.  God.  Sure there's the architectural marvel of the world's largest Easter egg.  But we're talking about CHOCOLATE now.

In 2005, the people of Guylian lovingly created an object of flocks of further fantasies with this big beauty.  All it took was 26 master chefs, 8 days and 50,000 Guylian praline chocolate bars.  It was built in Belgium (where else?)  Oh, and YUM!

Here's the stats:
Height: 27 feet 3 inches
Width:  21 feet
Weight: 4,299 lbs

Conclusion: The World's Largest Edible Easter Egg weighs more than me.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The World's Largest Easter Egg

Holy hernias Mr. Bunny.  The world's largest Easter Egg is found in Vegreville, Canada and was built in 1975 to commemorate early Ukrainian settlements there.  The Pysanka is a tremendous computer modeling, engineering and architectural achievement containing 524 star patterns, 2,206 equilateral triangles, 3,512 visible facets, 6,978 nuts and bolts, and 177 internal struts.

The patterns are believed to represent specific meanings:
The stars symbolize life and good fortune.
The three-pointed stars reference the Christian Trinity.
The band that circles the egg represent eternity.
The windmills are said to reference a good harvest and prosperity.

Ready?  Here's the stats!
Egg Width: 25.7 feet
· Egg Height: 18.3 feet
· Total Height: 31.6 feet
· Material: Alumuinum skin
· Turns like a weathervane
· Star Patterns: 524
· Triangular Pieces: 2,206
· Visible Facets: 3,512
· Nuts and Bolts: 6,978
Weight: Over 5,000 lbs.
Conclusion: The World's Largest Easter Egg Weighs More than Me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Where's the Giant Pita?

Well along with the decades-long argument between Lebanese and Israelis about where hummus originated, we also have a battle for who can make the biggest hummus plate.  The Israeli's launched the opening initiaitve in May of 2008--creating a giant 4 meter (4.35) yard plate containing 881 pounds of hummus.  (The Israeli's love hummus with the average, per capita consumption hovering at about 22 pounds.)  But the Lebanese battled back in October of 2009 creating what is now considered the world's largest plate of hummus.  Here's the stats:

Hummus Plate
Number of Chefs: 300
Mashed chickpeas: 2,976 pounds
Lemon Juice: 106 gallons
Salt: 57 pounds

Total weight: 4,532 lbs.

Conclusion:  The World's Largest Plate of Hummus--whether Israeli or Lebanese weighs more than me.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The South Tower Bell at Notre Dame

The great bourdon bell, called Emmanuelle, is located in the South Tower at Notre Dame in Paris.  It is the largest of five great bells at the cathedral.  It is rung to mark the hours of the day and on special occasions.  The bells were once rung manually, but are currently rung by electric motors, when it was discovered that the size of the bells could cause the entire building to vibrate, which threatened its integrity.

South Tower Bell: Notre Dame: Paris:
Housed in South Tower Which is 228 feet tall
Weight of the bell's clapper: 500 Kg.
Total Bell Weight: 13 tons

Conclusion: Emmanuelle weighs more than me.  She can be heard throughout the city of Paris which means that the bell is not only heavier than me, but has the rare honor of being louder than me too.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: A Stegosaurus

Watching the Fat Dinosty (which is awesome by the way) got me thinking about the good old Stegosaurus.  Apparently the translation of this guy's name is "roof lizard".  Don't ask me why.  Anyways, this lovable plant eater was far from petite.  Here's the estimated stats:

Height: 14 ft.
Length: 28 ft.
Diet: Vegetarian
Weight: About 6,000 pounds.

Which proves two things.  One, being a vegetarian does not guarantee you'll be thin and two, the mighty stegosaurus weighed more than me.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: World's Biggest Bamboo

While looking at some of the huge bamboo groves at the Huntington Gardens today, I started to wonder just how big this stuff gets. Well in August 2003, botanists at Yunnan University found the world's biggest bamboo plant in an artificially-grown bamboo forest in Menghai county of Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture, in southwestern China Here's the stats:

Height: 46 meters (151feet)
Culms (stalk) Diameter: 36 cm (14 inches)
Estimated Weight 450 kg. (990 lbs.)

Farmers estimate this plant to be only one year old making this plant a VERY big baby.

Conclusion: The worlds biggest bamboo weighs more than me.

And as always, for more info about my exploits including the bamboo at the Huntington Gardens, check me out at Fat Chick Sings.  oxo

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: A Giraffe

Went to the zoo yesterday and had a nice look at these stately beauties.  That's me (in the picture) eyeballing a baby giraffe (who was really just interested in the nice green branch that had fallen just out of his reach in the enclosure).  Anyways, these bad boys are big.  We already know they are tall (the male grows to just over 15 feet tall).  They are also tough (Mama gives birth standing up so the first thing a baby giraffe experiences is a 6 foot fall to the ground...).  And they are HEAVY.  Here's the stats:

Height (male) about 15 feet.
Weight: (male) 3,000 to 4,000 pounds

Conclusion: A giraffe weighs more than me.

Want to hear more about our zoo trip?  Check out Fat Chick Sings!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: A Pearson Triton Sailboat

Meet the Pearson Triton, one of the earliest production fiberglass sailboats.  It looks thin and graceful, but she's got some poundage in the water folks.   Oh, and if you're wondering why I'm thinking about sailboats go check out my post on Fat Chick Sings.  Here's the boat stats:

Length: 28'-6"
Width: 20'-6"
Beam: 8'-3"
Draft: 4'-6"
Ballast: 3019 lb (Lead)
Sail Area (100%): 362 sq ft (33.6 m2)

Displacement: 6900 - 8000 lb. (Approx)

Conclusion:  The Pearson Triton weighs more than me.  (She's also prettier than me, but oh well...)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The Olympic Medal Haul

Weighing in at just over 20 oz. each of the individual medals from the Vancouver Olympic Games weighs considerably less than me, but multiply that 20 oz by 185 events, plus an additional 200 for multiple medal events and about 120 just for hockey, we are talking over 500 medals here people.  Here's the stats:

Vancouver Medal Weight 20.2 oz.
Number of Medals: 505
Weight of the total medal haul: Over 636 pounds

Conclusion: The Vancouver Winter Olympics Medal Haul Weighs more than Me.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Giant Laser

Yup, don't mess with California, we've got a freakin' giant laser here people.  The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will focus 192 laser beams on a hydrogen pellet the size of a bead, heating it to incredible temperatures in an attempt to recreate the power of the sun.  The lab is seen as an important step on the way to developing cold fusion.  And this thing is HUGE.  The core is housed in a laboratory that covers the area of 10 football fields and is 10 stories high.  The targeting chamber alone measures over 10 meters in diameter and is pictured above being lowered into place by one of the largest cranes in the world.

Targeting Chamber Stats
Diameter: 10 Meters
Weight: 264,000 lbs.

Conclusion, a Giant Laser Weighs more than Me!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

People that Weigh More than Me: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Let's make no mistake here.  I certainly weigh more than any one of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  But the whole squad? 
Weight one Cheerleader: 95-105 lbs.
Number of Cheerleaders in Squad 36-38
Weight of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: 3420--3990 lbs.
Conclusion: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Weigh More than Me!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Please sir, may I have some Maoi?

The giant maoi are statues found on Easter Island. The statues are thought to be generalized depictions of various important tribal chiefs. So far 887 maoi have been located on the island. Believed to have been carved, transported, and erected between AD 1400 and 1600, 288 of the statues are located in "display areas", 397 of the statues are still in the quarries where they were made and the rest are along the way or "in transit" on the island. Here come the stats:

Height: 13 feet high

Weight: Approximately 14 tons

Conclusion: The Maoi of Easter Island weigh more than me.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: GIANT CARROT!

Okay, since I was talking about motivation (and the carrot and the stick) in my Fat Chick Sings Blog, I thought I'd research the world's largest carrot.  Unfortunately the world's largest real carrot weighs only about 8 pounds.  And while 8 pounds is REALLY big for a carrot, it decidedly weighs less than me.  However, in my research I came across this giant carrot sculpture in Ohakune, NZ.  It recently celebrated it's 20th anniversary in the town.  The carrot although controversial when installed (some of the townspeople felt it was too, um, phallic) is now beloved by the town which now hosts an annual carrot festival.  Precise weight statistics are not available, but this thing is over 30 feet tall!  So I did some research regarding the weight of resin fiberglass sculptures based on square footage and thickness and blah, blah, blah. and after detailed calculations I came up with, um LOTS!  It's just a guess, but I'm going with it.

Height over 10 meters (30 ft.)
Weight over 1500 lbs.
Conclusion: the Ohakune Carrot weighs more than me.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Zaaaammmmboniiiii!

Zamboni Ice Resurfacer 552


Length (Snow Tank Up): 5.03 m (198 in.)
Height (Snow Tank Up): 3.91 m (154 in.)
Overall Width: 2.13 m (84 in.)
Weight (Empty): 4423 kg (9750 lb.)
Weight (Full of Water): 5148 kg (11350 lb.)

An interesting note. At the Vancouver Olympics, when they tried to go with a resurfacer that is smaller and lighter than this Zamboni, not one, but TWO had a breakdown on the same day.

1. When you want the job done right, don't pick a lightweight.
2. Empty or full, a Zamboni weighs more than me.   

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Now THAT'S a Valentine

I know that after all the chocolate and other Valentine's Day goodies I consumed, I feel a little like the heaviest object in the world.  However, if you want to talk about a heavy heart, this valentine takes the cake.  The world's largest chocolate Valentine's Day heart was constructed by Executive Pastry Chef Conrad Pfaff for Conrad Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand.  Here come the stats:

Height: Over 15 feet
Width: Over 15 feet.
Construction Time: 21 days (with 8 chefs working around the clock)
Total weight of chocolate used in creating the heart: over 2400 lbs.
Finished Weight: Over 2000 lbs.

Conclusion: The biggest chocolate Valentine's Day heart weighs more than me.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: 4 Man Bobsled Team

According to the Olympic rules, a 4 man bobsled team cannot weigh more than 630 kg (1,388.9 lbs). Add the weight of the sled and you're talking about a ton of team here.

Conclusion: Including the sled, a 4 man bobsled team weighs more than me (but they still move faster).

Friday, February 12, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Piles of Pigeon Poo

Yes ladies and gentleman.  Apparently pigeons can make some pretty big piles of poo.  In fact the above gas station awning collapsed under the sheer weight of, wait for it, bird poop.  However nobody was hurt and it DID collapse on top of a BMW and Hummer (so it wasn't ALL bad)

Apparently avian doo doo is a big deal.  Professional companies are called out to solve this, um pressing problem.

Some Interesting Stats:
Average times a pigeon poos per day: 47-51
Average weight of poo produced by a pigeon per year: 25 lbs.
Number of pigeons found congregating on an average 25' x 25' gas station awning: 60-100
Weight of pigeon poo removed in a major awning cleanup: 10 tons

1.  Given the fact that I am not employed counting or weighing daily pigeon defecation I do NOT have the "worst job in the world"
2.  Pigeons poo a LOT
3.  The pigeon poo on your average gas station roof, weighs more than me.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: World's Largest Motorcycle

Zoomin down the highway, looking for adventure...
I think you'd find it with this mamma jamma.

Built by Craig Dunham for a cost of over $300,000,
the world's largest motorcycle is steered via a cage below the handlebars.

Length: 25 Feet
Weight: 6500 lbs.

Conclusion: The World's Largest Rideable Motorcycle (as defined by GBWR) weighs more than me.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Cafesjian's Carousel

Built: in 1914 by Philadelphia Toboggan Company. (The word "toboggan" in the company name is an old term for roller-coaster, which was the company's original product.)

Size: 50 feet across at the platform and 54 feet at the upper rim.

Weight: 30 tons, all of which is supported by the center pole!

Conclusion: Cafesjian's Carousel weighs more than me.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Organisms that Weigh More than Me: Trembling in the Breeze

The largest living organism on earth is probably NOT what you thought.  I was surprised to learn that the Aspen tree forms large groups of genetically indentical trees (or stems) which all share the same underground root system and are all formed from the same original plant.

The largest known fully-connected Aspen is a grove in Utah.  Nicknamed Pando, some scientists describe it as the largest organism in the world.

Pando Statistics
Area: 106 acres
Weight: 6,600 short tons

Conclusion: Pando weighs more than me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: We (barely) have liftoff...

The Spruce Goose made it's first and only flight on November 2, 1947.
Height: 79 feet, 3 3/8 inches
Length: 218 fee 6 ¼ inches
Power: Eight Pratt & Whitney R-4360, 3,000 horsepower engines
Propellers: Eight, 17 feet, 2 inch diameter
750 troops or two Sherman tanks
Weight, Empty: 300,000 pounds
Weight, Loaded: 400,000 pounds (maximum take-off weight)

Conclusion: empty or full, the Spruce Goose weighs more than me.  

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (not including its base)
Height of statue from the base to the top of the torch: over 151 ft.
Length of nose: 4 ft. 6 inches
Shoe Size based on Standard American Women's Sizes 879
Approximate fabric in Liberty's dress: 4,000 sq.yds.
Weight of copper used in statue: 100 tons
Weight of steel used in statue: 125 tons
Total weight used in statue: 225 tons

Conclusion: Not only is the Statue of Liberty a BIG girl, but she weighs more than me.

Monday, February 1, 2010

That's no...

If you're talking about a tall tale, I can't say.

If you're talking about the critter 1200-2000 lbs.

Conclusion:  At least the four legged furry variety of bull weighs more than me.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Would You Like to Buy It?

Total length of bridge, including the part on land: 5,989 feet 
Total height of the bridge towers above water: 276 feet and 6 inches 
Height of bridge towers below water: 44 feet 6 inches on the Brooklyn side, 
78 feet 6 inches on the New York side. 
Total strength of bridge cables: approx. 98,488 tons 
Actual weight on bridge cables: approx. 12,000 tons 
Thickness of bridge cables: 15 and 3/4 inches
Total weight of the bridge: approx.14,680 tons 
Conclusion: The Brooklyn Bridge Weighs More than Me

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shish, boom, bah!

The Spirit of Troy, also known as the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band (TMB), has over 300 members.

Given a variety of instruments ranging from a piccolo (1.5 pounds) to a Tuba (25 pounds)
Estimated instrument weight: 3900 lbs.
Estimated instrumentalist weight: 45,000 lbs.

Estimated Combined Weight (excluding cases and tour busses): 48,900

Conclusion: The TMB weighs more than me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Weights of Typical American Tanks:

1. 6 tons WW1 M1917 Renault Tank
2. 30 tons WW2 M-4 Sherman Tank
3. 52 tons Vietnam War M-48 Patton Tank (Vietnam War: 17 tons M-551 Sheridan Light Tank)
4. 67 tons M-1 Abrams Tank

Conclusion: Even a Renault Tank weighs more than me.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Here come's the...

The rain has finally stopped and we got some of that glorious CA sunshine this morning.  It got me thinking about the size of that bad boy...


Diameter: about 865,000 miles (about 109 x earth)

Mass: (equal to 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System)

1.9891×1030 kg or 332,900 × Earth

Conclusion: The sun weighs more than me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside!

Growing up, we always heated our house in Wisconsin with firewood.  We often gathered the wood from trees that were knocked over anyways during construction of new housing projects.  It takes a lot of wood to heat a house in the northern midwest in January.

A "cord" of firewood is 8 ft. long, 4 ft. wide and 4 ft. high.
It takes the young teenager equivalent of "forever" to cut, split and stack that much wood.
A cord of dried white oak weighs 4890 - 6290 pounds wet, but will dry to 2880 - 3710 pounds

Conclusion: wet or dry a cord of oak weighs more than me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rain, rain, go away...

We are getting dumped on here in usually sunny California.  So much so, I thought about getting one of these rain barrels.

Capacity: 50 Gallons
Weight of Barrel: 16 pounds
Weight 1 Gallon of Water: 8.35 pounds
Weight of Barrel full of Rain: 433.5 pounds
Conclusion: A Barrel full of Rain Weighs More Than Me

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beep, Beep.

This smart car is one of the lightest cars built.  It can even park perpendicular to the curb in a standard parallel parking spot.  But even this car weighs over 1600 lbs.

Conclusion: A smart car weighs more than me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Winner by a Yard

Object: 1 Cubic Yard of Concrete
Weight: 3300 lbs.
Conclusion: A Cubic Yard of Concrete weighs more than me.