While trolling the internet for Thor related news, I came across a fascinating tidbit pertaining to Mjölnir, Thor’s legendary tool of supernatural power. (His OTHER legendary tool of supernatural power. Ahem.) In case you missed it the first time around, this tidbit deserves a premium by-the-entrance spot in the parking lot that is your cranium.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, being the extra spectacular genius that he is, did the calculations, and Thor’s hammer is meant to weigh approximately 300 billion elephants:
LOOK AWAY, dear reader, from my Chrome History tab, which would reveal that I was in fact Googling “Chris Hemsworth with his shirt off” instead of “what awesome astrophysicists think.” That said, I feel a little bit smarter now after stumbling across this opportunity to feature a prominent astrophysicist in a post. We’re talking about neutron star matter around here. (Well, he is. I’m the broad saying, “Fuck yeah! What he said. Neutron star matter, motherfucker! Oh, hey…..look at Chris Hemsworth with his shirt off……. “)
Also, I would very much like to contact said astrophysicist to inquire as to whether 300 billion elephants weigh more or less than the universally acknowledged unit of measurement called a “metric fuckton.” I’m just afraid he wouldn’t take my inquiry seriously.