Since 1893, all the units of measurement that we use in the United States — from miles to pounds — have been officially defined in terms of metric units
. What is a mile? That's easy. It's 1.6 kilometers. I can only conclude that Americans either really like irony, or we really enjoy converting everything from one unit of measurement to another.
In a recent study at the University of Bristol, young people drank beer faster when it was served to them in a curved, fluted glass
. It's a small study, but the researchers think it could be a first clue toward understanding why we sometimes get more drunk than we meant to do. Researchers found it was difficult for people to judge volume of liquid in a curved glass, which might mean it's also harder to pace drinking. (Via Noah Gray)
Cary Huang's amazing Scale of the Universe animation
has been updated—now with a better format, extra background information about the objects whose sizes are being compared, and more opportunities to blow your mind. "Holy sh$#! The Grand Canyon is bigger than Rhode Island?"