Tag Archives: stuff that weighs more than me

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Giant Orange

445px-Big_Orange

Yup, that’s a person up there in the observation area!

Apparently, they just grow stuff bigger down under.  The search for the stats for the giant espresso pot, led me down a rabbit hole of really, really big stuff in Australia.  And the biggest of the really big fruit is this orange–which has observation windows and stairs.

Yup.  Most oranges contain some juicy citrus fruit and a few pips.  This orange incorporates a cafe, a souvenir shop, a 360-degree mural and a lookout area at the top.  This orange has stairs.

orangewelcomeI seriously want to go to Australia just to have my picture taken with this thing.  Seriously.  I’d fly on a plane for umpteen hours, just for that.

Speaking of planes, I’m hopping on one soon on my way to the ASDAH conference.  I’ll be speaking or leading classes all 3 days.  Can’t wait to see you there.

And just in case you’re wondering, “Orange you gonna share the stats?”  here they are:

Materials: Fiberglass panels over a steel frame

Height: 45 feet

Diameter: 36 feet

Levels: 4 (Yes, this orange has four floors!)

Weight: 85 Tons

Conclusion: The Big Orange weighs more than me.

Love,

The Fat Chick

Like my posts?  You’ll love my stuff!

Buy my book: The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that is Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes Sizes and Abilities)–available in softcover and e-book versions

Buy my DVD: The Fat Chick Works Out! (A Safe, Easy and Fun Workout for Klutzes, Wimps and Absolute Beginners!)

Buy a book or a DVD for a friend and save $5!  Just enter FRIENDBLFT in the discount code box!

Check out my Training Programs–both in person and via Skype (Starting at just $25!)

or

Book me to speak at your special event!

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Molto, Molto Venti Coffee!

coffeepot

This week’s entry for stuff that weighs more than me was inspired by the picture above which was submitted by the most amazing and awesome Bev Whittington.  According to Bev, the giant pot above can be found in West Australia in Swan Valley.  However, after extensive digging, I wasn’t able to find out much about it.  Please feel free to chime in with more info if you like Bev.  Or if anybody else knows about this thing I’d love to hear about it.

In fact if you have any other pictures of giant things that weigh more than me, I’d love to see them!  Please post them to my timeline or email them to jeanette@thefatchick.com.  The more detail, the better.  I’d love to feature YOU in my blog!

While I’m quite confident that Bev’s giant espresso pot weighs more than me, I am unable to say exactly how much more than me.  So I decided to look for other giant coffee pots and coffee cups.  And my goodness, folks do love their coffee.  I found a huge number of giant java sources all around the world.  I was literally spoiled for choice.

coffeecup2For this week I settled on the world’s largest cup of coffee.  This was created by De’Longhi of Italy and was unveiled in London on November 5, 2012.  This huge coffee cup was actually filled with gallon upon gallon of coffee (black).  In fact, this super, molto, giantico, venti caffee was the equivalent of over 216,000 shots of espresso.

All that wake up juice was probably required for the four designers who labored for 504 hours to put it together.  Here’s the stats:

Height: 9 ft. 6 in. (When somebody asked for a “tall” they weren’t kidding…)

Width: 8 ft. 8 in.

Volume: 3487.1 gallons (US)

Weight: Over 12 tons

Conclusion: Both the World’s Largest Cup of Coffee and the giant espresso pot in West Valley Australia weigh more than me.  And can somebody get me some decaf?

Love,

The Fat Chick

Like my posts?  You’ll love my stuff!

Buy my book: The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that is Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes Sizes and Abilities)–available in softcover and e-book versions

Buy my DVD: The Fat Chick Works Out! (A Safe, Easy and Fun Workout for Klutzes, Wimps and Absolute Beginners!)

Buy a book or a DVD for a friend and save $5!  Just enter FRIENDBLFT in the discount code box!

Check out my Training Programs–both in person and via Skype (Starting at just $25!)

or

Book me to speak at your special event!

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Offshore Platform

oilrigI was just watching the History Channel series “The Men That Built America”.  One of the interesting bits was about how John D. Rockefeller got his start in refining oil in the great state of Ohio.  Apparently at one time, Ohio was the number one source of oil in the United States.  It was also the site of the first submerged oil wells or oil rigs.  These were located in Grand Lake St. Marys.

There are a variety of different types of offshore platforms or oil rigs including some that are fixed to the ocean floor, some that are artificial islands and some that float.  Offshore oil platforms represent some of the largest moveable man made objects.

The Petronius Platform located in the Gulf of Mexico stands 2,000 feet above the ocean floor and is currently one of the world’s tallest structures.

One of the largest and probably the heaviest offshore platform is the Hibernia platform in Canada.  This gravity base platform is located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 196 miles east, southeast of St. Johns in Newfoundland, Canada at N46°45.026′ W48°46.976′.

Here’s the stats:

Start of development: 1986

Start of oil production: 1997

Depth: The Hibernia rests on the ocean floor at a depth of about 260 ft.

Height: The topsides extend about 160 ft. out of the water

Capacity: The gravity base can hold 1.2 million barrels.

Weight Integrated Topsides Facility: 37,000 tons

Weight Gravity Base: 660,000 tons

Ballast: After the Hibernia was towed into place, 450,000 tons of solid ballast were used to secure the platform.

Total Weight: 1.2 million tons

Conclusion: Any given oil platform weighs more than a little bit more than me.

 

Like my posts?  You’ll love my stuff!

Buy my book: The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that is Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes Sizes and Abilities)–available in softcover and e-book versions

Buy my DVD: The Fat Chick Works Out! (A Safe, Easy and Fun Workout for Klutzes, Wimps and Absolute Beginners!)

Buy a book or a DVD for a friend and save $5!  Just enter FRIENDBLFT in the discount code box!

Check out my Training Programs–both in person and via Skype (Starting at just $25!)

or

Book me to speak at your special event!

Stuff that Weighs More Than Me: Haul from the LA River Clean Up

FOLAR-flyer-color-print_no-DAY-726x1024It’s what you call a win-win situation.  You and 3,000 other people gather a big pile of debris (that weighs more than me) and you get to help clean up the river areas in Los Angeles County!

Every year (for the past 24 years) the Friends of the Los Angeles River have coordinated a huge 1-day event known as The Great LA River Cleanup or La Gran Limpieza.  This year’s event featured live music, free gifts, raffle prizes and refreshments.  The volunteers also had a chance to compare “river treasures” to see who had the wildest or strangest items pulled from the river.  Previous highlights included a mini trampoline and a valuable buffalo nickel complete with collecting case.

But aside from the fun and hijinks, the volunteers remove an astonishing amount of detritus, and make the river areas just that much more awesome.  Plus, in case you are wondering, this day’s exercise could definitely be called “fitlanthropy“.  Here’s the stats:

Collection Period: 3 hours

Volunteers: Over 3,000

Number of collection sites: 15

Total debris removed from the river: Over 25 tons

Conclusion: The Haul from La Gran Limpieza weighs more than me!

Love,

The Fat Chick

P.S. Want to volunteer next year?  Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Los Angeles River!

P.S.S. Like my posts?  You’ll love my stuff!

Buy my book: The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that is Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes Sizes and Abilities)–available in softcover and e-book versions

Buy my DVD: The Fat Chick Works Out! (A Safe, Easy and Fun Workout for Klutzes, Wimps and Absolute Beginners!)

Buy a book or a DVD for a friend and save $5!  Just enter FRIENDBLFT in the discount code box!

Check out my Training Programs–both in person and via Skype (Starting at just $25!)

or

Book me to speak at your special event!

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: Life-Size X-Wing Fighter Made of Legos

LegoXwingOkay, take the coolness factor and turn it to “eleven” because this Lego(R) sculpture is “one louder”.  This super fun sculpture is an exact 42x scale model of the Lego kit you can buy at your local toy store.  What that means is that each 1×1 Lego “peg” of the toy is represented as a  42 by 42 square on the model.  This X-wing sculpture is the largest Lego structure ever constructed.

And this thing is HUGE!  Created from over 5 million individual Lego bricks, this sculpture required over 17,000 man-hours to complete.  Even with the help of 32 master builders that’s still over 4 months of building time.

The sculpture was unveiled yesterday in Times Square complete with light-up engines and speakers playing a pre-recorded loop of battle sounds..  From there it will travel back to Legoland  in Southern California.  Ready for the stats?  Here you go:

Height: 11 feet

Wingspan: 43 feet

Length: 42 feet

Number of bricks: 5.3 million

Weight: 46,000 lbs.

Conclusion: The Life-Sized X-Wing Fighter Made of Lego Bricks Weighs More Than Me!

Like my posts?  You’ll love my stuff!

Buy my book: The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that is Fun and Feasible for Folks of All Ages, Shapes Sizes and Abilities)–available in softcover and e-book versions

Buy my DVD: The Fat Chick Works Out! (A Safe, Easy and Fun Workout for Klutzes, Wimps and Absolute Beginners!)

Buy a book or a DVD for a friend and save $5!  Just enter FRIENDBLFT in the discount code box!

Check out my Training Programs–both in person and via Skype (Starting at just $25!)

or

Book me to speak at your special event!

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: A Mil V-12 Helicopter

helicopter

Okay, I think it’s safe to say that pretty much any helicopter weighs more than me.  But there are helicopters, my friend, and there are HELICOPTERS.  I mean just look at that thing.  It’s so big that a regular helicopter nestles like a tiny baby upon it’s ginormous wing.  We’re talking HUGE.

The giant flying machine pictured above is actually an Aeroflot Mil V-12 (also known to NATO as a HOMER).  It is the largest helicopter that has ever been built.  It never went into full scale production and only two prototypes were ever built.  The large aircraft was built specifically to carry major missile components and was designed to carry a payload of 30,000 kg. (That’s 66138lb 10.944oz to us English System folks.)

The initial prototype took it’s maiden voyage on July 10, 1968.  It achieved a world record, lifting 44,205 kg to a height of 2,255m (7,398 feet).  Here’s the stats:

Crew: 6

Height: 12.50 m (41 ft 0 in)

Length: 37.00 m (121 ft 4 in)

Loaded weight: 97,000 kg (213,850 lb)

Maximum takeoff weight: 105,000 kg (231,500 lb)

Conclusion: I don’t think you’d need to lift the armrests to ride in this baby, and the Mil V-12 weighs more than me.

Love,

TFC

 

 

Stuff That Weighs More than Me: The Humble Manatee

manatee

Frankly, I’m a little surprised that I haven’t done this blog post yet.  After all, when the meany, meany, MacMeanersons start taunting the fat folks, this name is definitely in the top ten.  Nevertheless, I’ve never done a post about the awesome and  most wonderful manatee.

The manatee (also known as the sea cow) comprises three of the four living species in the order Sirenia.  The fourth species is the dugong (which can be distinguished from the manatee by its longer snout and fluked tail.)  This vegetarian mammal is born big, typically weighing over 60 pounds at birth!  Manatees spend half their time sleeping in the water, typically surfacing for air once every 20 minutes or so.  They have a number of other unique features including:

  • Teeth that are replaced continually throughout the life of the creature.  Typically there are no more than six teeth its mouth at any given time.
  • A vascularized cornea
  • Eyelids that close in a circular manner
  • A simple stomach with a particularly large cecum (similar to that of a horse).  The manatee’s intestines are very large for their size, typically measuring over 45 meters.

Of course one of the primary features of the manatee is its size.  Here’s the stats:

Length: Averaging 9.2 to 9.8 ft. in length, the manatee can measure as much as 12 ft.

Mass: 880 to 1,200 pounds.

Conclusion, the massive and magnificent manatee weighs more than me.

Stuff That Weighs More Than Me: The Titanic

icebergRan into this photo this week and realized that I have never posted about the Titanic before.  I know, can you believe it?  This ship has “launched” so many superlatives–largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage, highest grossing film and possibly most insipid movie score.  At the time of her launch, the Titanic was the absolute epitome of luxury.  The first class section was designed to resemble a high-end hotel rather than a ship.  No expense was spared.  Tickets for one of the four first class parlour suites were 870 pounds or about $4,350.  In modern currency that amount is estimated at nearly $70,000.

And in keeping with her name, the Titanic was big.  Here’s some stats:

Length: 882 feet, 9 inches

Maximum Breadth of 92 feet 6 inches

Total height: 104 feet

Weight: 46,328 gross register tons and she displaced 52,310 tons.

Conclusion: The Unsinkable Titanic weighed more than me.

Stuff that Weighs More than Me: The World Peace Bell

BellIn the aftermath of all our country has experienced in the past week, I felt that I was ready to think about peace.  So today, I bring you the World Peace Bell.  It is located in Newport, Kentucky and is one of more than twenty large peace bells located throughout the world.  It was first rung at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, and it was said that it could be heard up to 25 miles away.

The bell was first cast at a propeller factory in France.  It then underwent a 1.5 month sea journey, and arrived in port at New Orleans, Louisiana.  The bell was then transported to Newport via the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, stopping at 14 cities along the way.  Presently the bell is rung on special occasions and every day at 11:55 AM (so as not to conflict with the courthouse bell which rings precisely at noon.)

Here’s the stats:

Materials: 80% copper, 20% tin

Diameter: 12 feet

Musical Pitch: A

Yoke: 16,512 pounds (7,490 kg)

Clapper: 6,878 pounds (3,120 kg)

Total Weight: 73,381 lb (33,285 kg)

The inscription reads:

“The World Peace Bell is a Symbol of Freedom and Peace. Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present and Inspiring Our Future”.

The bell stands as a symbol for much that I am yearning for this week, and incidentally, weighs more than me.

Love,

The Fat Chick

P.S. If you’d like to learn more about making peace with your body, you might wish to consider buying one of my books or a DVD.  And if you go to my website and buy a copy for a friend, you can save $5 off the regular price! Just click HERE and enter the code “peace4_18” in the box!

Stuff that Weighs More Than Me: The Biggest Pot of Tea in Boston

If you have a big craving for tea, here you go!

If you have a big craving for tea, here you go!

If you’re having a craving for tea, I’ve got just the thing!  If you go to the corner of Court and Tremont Streets in Boston and look up, you’re likely to see this huge teapot steaming away.  Built by Hicks & Badger in 1873, this giant kettle has been a Boston tourist attraction for many years. The teapot has an apparatus inside that makes it “steam” year round.  Locals say the steam is much more pronounced in the colder months.

The “Big Teapot” is perhaps best known for its part in a major publicity stunt held in 1875, when a contest was held to guess the exact capacity of the giant kettle.  Over 13,000 guesses were submitted and more than 10,000 spectators filled the square on the day the capacity of the kettle was measured.  It took over an hour for Boston’s Sealer of Weights and Measures to fill the kettle and learn exactly how much it would hold.  At 1:05 the total was announced: 227 gallons, 2 quarts, 1 pint and 3 gills.

We don’t know the actual weight of the teapot itself, so I’m just going to calculate the weight of the tea that would fit in the pot:

227 gallons=1890.91 pounds

2 quarts= 4.165 pounds

1 pint=1.04375 pounds (at room temperature and sea level)

3 gills (each of which is about 5 oz.)= 0.978 pounds (at room temperature and sea level)

For a grand total of 1897.09675 lbs.

Conclusion: This pot of tea weighs more than me.

Love,

The Fat Chick

By the way, here’s a few ways to satisfy some other things you might be craving:

Want to work out with The Fat Chick?  Check out my free live streaming or just buy the DVD.

Want to get your workout program off the ground?  Try my book, “The Fat Chick Works Out!”

Craving justice and equality in health care?  Why not consider taking the time to create a video for the Resolved project hosted by The Association for Size Diversity And Health as well as the Size Diversity Task Force.  But hop to it!  The Size Diversity Task Force deadline is in just one week!