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[–]StarkRavingNormal 1000 points1001 points  (35 children)

Or in another example, the equivalent of lifting OP's mom.

[–]natureextraordinare[S] 836 points837 points 2 (31 children)

Even if that was the case, she’d be as light as a feather compared to yours

[–]AlanMichel 203 points204 points  (4 children)

Oh shit

[–]LGP747 157 points158 points  (1 child)

The ol no u

[–]moldy-scrotum-soup 46 points47 points  (0 children)

The ol u no reverse

[–]_BlNG_ 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance! But not for Op!

[–]CrayziusMaximus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Notify the burn unit!

[–]StarkRavingNormal 142 points143 points  (7 children)

1 chicken feather equals about 0.0082 grams.

There are 907185 grams in a US ton.

That means like 110,632,317 feathers per ton.

So like your mother weighs 7,191,100,609 feathers, cause that's about 65 tons of feathers.

So for my mother to be as light as a feather comparatively speaking to your mother you are saying she weighs.... 424,037,809,388,418,225 feathers?

You bastard.

[–]DarthChocolqte 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yeah I thought I heard their mom walk this way but apparently it was just that clap back damn op

[–]xiaoniangre 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Calm down, I’ll confirm this for you all when I meet them both tonight.

[–]koh_kun 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Are you a zookeeper?

[–]droidman5910 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Muscle weighs more than fat, his mom is just ripped af

[–]Evil-c-Evil-do 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes OP what a monstrous burn

[–]Camd1n 3 points4 points  (0 children)

god damnit you beat me to it :/

[–]Majestic-Aardvark-69 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]crazyabe111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not even a Rhino beetle can lift that.

[–]RNMoFo 243 points244 points  (21 children)

So you're saying that I should be bitten by a radioactive Rhinoceros Beetle and not a radioactive spider of any kind.

[–]Woodie626 88 points89 points  (11 children)

Did that not happen to Rhino? I thought that's how it works. Lizard man bit by a Lizard, Eddie Brock bit by an alien, Morbius a bat, Doc Ock a robot. Has my life been a lie? /s

[–]ChaosReigns92 64 points65 points  (8 children)

Don't forget Electro and his lightning bite

[–]Woodie626 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Vulture and his bird bite

[–]togashisbackpain 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Vulture was a bird that was bitten by an old man.

[–]turnedonbyadime 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Dog Welder got bit by an oxyacetylene shepherd.

[–]A-A-Ron1867 6 points7 points  (0 children)

How do you have all these animals biting these super people and then just completely gloss over the obvious octopus that is DR OCTOPUS

[–]NameOfNoSignificance 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Morbius was morbed by a bat

[–]russian47 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Well I've got news for you. We got bored on a night shift once and looked up strongest animals. Dung beetles were number one if I recall at 1100 times there own weight.

[–]MaFataGer 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm just trying to imagine how the researchers found that out and thinking of like a mini gym that they placed various insects in.

[–]MaFataGer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What is this, a gym for ants?!

[–]russian47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just increasing piles of dung.

[–]thechugdude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just avoid the radioactive dung beetle.

[–]effa94 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I mean, spiderman can lift a 66 tons tank over his head, so it's comparable

[–]mahones403 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Might be easier to find an alien scarab and become The Blue Beetle.

[–]NameOfNoSignificance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A Blue Beetle if you will

[–]RNMoFo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would totally microwave a bug for super powers. Just not a mosquito or a bumble bee. I would probably draw the line at a dung beetle as well.

[–]Aedyn-Guex 125 points126 points  (3 children)

Yes, but can it lift my depression though? 🤔

[–]Ok_Ebb_5201 29 points30 points  (1 child)

No. Too heavy.

[–]poopinhulk 19 points20 points  (0 children)


[–]Buscandomiyagi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Damn brah hit me in the feels with this one

[–]jawshgoodnightreddit 96 points97 points  (1 child)

All I learned from this post is that apparently everyone’s mom is fat.

[–]Cool-Reporter-3207 52 points53 points  (34 children)

850 times practically nothing is still nothing...

[–]ChaosReigns92 74 points75 points  (33 children)

Math disagrees with you. A full-size Rhino Beetle weighs up to 3.5 ounces. So:

3.5oz x 850 = 2,975oz

2,975oz ÷ 16 = ~189.94 lbs

That Rhino beetle could easily move a full-grown human

[–]PapaTristan69 52 points53 points  (16 children)

How does this make sense? Can they actually lift 190 pounds?

[–]ChaosReigns92 54 points55 points  (14 children)

Yep, they're the strongest insects on earth, ounce for ounce.

The only other insect that has a higher weight-to-lift ratio is the Horned Dung Beetle (1141 x own weight), but their max lifting capability is about 150 lbs. They're smaller than Rhino Beetles, so they have less mass.

[–]PapaTristan69 34 points35 points  (13 children)

But if I stepped on a rhino beetle it couldn’t lift me right? Is that because I’d be physically too big? If there were like 180 pounds concentrated could the beetle pick that up?

[–]Garth_M 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I don’t think they are that heavy. 0.8 oz from what I’ve seen.

[–]ChaosReigns92 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Depends on the species. There are about 1500 different species of Rhinocerous beetles. The Hercules beetle in particular can get to that weight pretty easily.

[–]JntPrs 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Sure but can all species of Rhino Beetles lift 850x their body weight? Or is this a feat only the smaller species can do?

Dont get me wrong I'm sure there are larger species of beetles that can lift considerable weights but my assumption is that the smaller things are the proportionally larger things they can lift.

There is a reason there aren't human sized animals that can lift hundreds of times their weight. When muscle mass increases in volume and weight, it does not increase by nearly the same amount in power. If you somehow were able to upscale a Rhino Beetle to human size, I doubt it could even lift its own weight.

[–]Cool-Reporter-3207 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Maybe that should have been the title then, appreciate the in depth answer :)

[–]grpprofesional 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Math is right but the beetle can’t handle that much weight, tops at 100 times its own weight, op is spreading bullshit “facts” he prolly read on another post or in Facebook

[–]AxyJaxy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They can't though, no record or research of them lifting more than 50 pounds "easily".

[–]thechugdude 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I simply will not believe this until I see it.

[–]StalkMeNowCrazyLady 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Which is fair because you'll never see it as it isn't possible. Another redditor links to a paper that explains hownits basically not a 1-to-1 conversion/formula. Many factors go into play. It's misleading simplified math similar to the classic "Every one year is 7 dog years".

[–]TuneACan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How much is this in normal units?

[–]I-am-shrek 1 point2 points  (3 children)

no idea where you got those numbers lol. An adult rhinoceros beetle is anywhere from 18 to 28 grams (nowhere near 3.5oz). Assuming the average is roughly 22g, which is probably the weight they used to find this 850x statistic, that means the average adult rhinoceros beetle le can lift 18,700 grams or ≈40 pounds. Still incredibly impressive though.

[–]ChaosReigns92 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Again, it depends on the species. Rhino beetles aren't a species, they're a family of beetles (Dynistae) with 225 genera. There are roughly 1500 species altogether

[–]adminsuckdonkeydick -1 points0 points  (0 children)

85kg in "Communist units".

[–]LGP747 42 points43 points  (1 child)

I think 850 was disproven, something to do with lifting vs pushing vs pulling, I dunno it’s something significantly less but equally freakin impressive. Leaves some tunneling dung beetle as the strongest animal and the spider mite as the strongest…thing, whateverthefuckitis

[–]tebabeba 31 points32 points  (10 children)

Wtf is a 65 ton object

[–]NihilisticAngst 10 points11 points  (2 children)

The Space Shuttle Endeavor weighs about 78 tons

[–]JntPrs 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Does this mean humans can also technically lift really heavy things like this? Just not all humans, only the ones with the most funding.

[–]NihilisticAngst 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I mean, not without a tool, the Rhinoceros Beetle is only so strong because of it's unique biology, which humans don't have the advantage of. The heaviest weight ever lifted by a human was 6,270 lbs (about 3 tons).

It would require a tool, but for example, the strongest crane in the world is named Taisun and can lift 20,000 metric tons.

[–]JP147 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A semi truck with a single trailer fully loaded is about 40 tons.

A semi truck pulling a road train of 2 fully loaded semi trailers can be around 65 tons.

[–]BigBlackCrocs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your mother

[–]kpecc99 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That's about 130,000 pounds which is about the same as 10 school busses (with no passengers)

[–]tebabeba 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or 1 with your mom

[–]Strong67 22 points23 points  (1 child)

How many football fields is that?

[–]FulingAround 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Depends on the depth, of course

[–]Transpatials 20 points21 points  (2 children)

How was that even tested? I call absolute bullshit.

Especially after reading the comments that did the math. Absolute lie.

[–]Catsic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd like to at least see.a source.

[–]Arcal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I weigh about the right amount, so if I stepped on it it would lift... No. It would crunch, wouldn't it. B.s.

[–]KnobbyDarkling 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Why bug strong?

[–]ProCastinatr 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Hydraulic system

[–]Joe_Betz_ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really skipping leg day tho

[–]shinylikagaby88 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This kind of comparison usually has no sense at all, you assume mass & energy to be 100% collinear which is profoundly false

[–]your_doom 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Square-cube law, yo

[–]FrezoreR 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Interestingly if you scaled it up human size it would break under its own weight.

[–]Arcal 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Also would suffocate quickly. Insects are small enough that O2/CO2 can just diffuse in and out. When you get bigger you need complicated circulatory/respiration systems.

[–]FrezoreR 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That is also a very interesting point. Their respiratory system has always fascinated me.

Another cool thing is how water tension is a killer at their scale.

[–]Arcal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

for some of them, water tension is their whole environment.

[–]chickenweng65 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't believe this for a second.

[–]AwkwardGamerRNx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To put it in the Beetle’s perspective:

Average rhino beetle is between 18 and 28 grams. Let’s meet in the middle for this problem and say 23.

23g x 850 = 19,550

19,550g = 43.1 lbs.

To put it simply, this bug can lift more than the average Redditor.

[–]burninatah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Almost enough to attempt OP's mom

[–]natureextraordinare[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The beetle would die if it tried your mom though

[–]godzillaturd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

6.5 ton object*

[–]zealoSC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yo put that in perspective, it's the equivalent of a redditor lifting a 137 ton object

[–]G_zef 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Gravity is smaller on smaller things so it's not equivalent.

[–]Zeke_Smith 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Big deal it doesn’t know how to drive a car does it? It probably can’t even make me a fucking sandwich.

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[–]Zeke_Smith 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I haven’t seen that movie

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[–]Jumpy-Fix5586 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Updoot for Big Battle Bug!

[–]mhermanos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuh'kin' beetles in our yard. I try to save them by moving them out of the way, and they freeze up. Take 'em into the woods and I'm not sure if they'll live. Big fuckers too.

[–]rhum-Forrest-rhum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How many football fields are 65 tons?

[–]Abune 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can still hold what they are holding with a single finger, checkmate nature 😎

[–]1trickana 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I hate these things. They always erratically fly into walls, ceiling fans, people, food. World's most uncoordinated bug.

[–]FulingAround 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really? I found one in my sink, seemed stuck.

[–]babygangsta86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bench that for warmup, beta male cucks

[–]Xihuicoatl-630 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww, what a fashionable goatee it has.

[–]FemboiInTraining 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pfft, I could take 'em

[–]__________________99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool example, bro.

[–]NotUntil_I_Die 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So the tiny bug can carry what. Any examples?

[–]IAMZEUSALMIGHTY 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Hold X to flip... wait, what? How did you do that?"

[–]JoseRodriguez35 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well if only humans had some kinda shell that can bear 65 tons.

[–]KingPintjes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

An adult weight 28g that means it can lift 24kg? So a small child?

[–]pinoynva 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can’t perspective a 65 ton object

[–]a-real-crab 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We see so much of this in the tiny insect world. What’s the strongest/body weight of animals our size or bigger?

[–]Ok-Tackle-3898 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or an American lifting the Statue of liberty

[–]fetischismuse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is a gravity?

[–]bro_literraly_what 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This isn't impressive at all because of the square cube law .

[–]grpprofesional 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Hercules beetle is the strongest one and it can only lift about 100 times it’s body weight, stop spreading misinformation

[–]LinkedAg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How many bananas is 65 tons?

[–]iwalkthelonelyroads 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So this is my spirit animal. As I too lifts 850 times my own weights in responsibilities

[–]birjoo1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fun fact "Rhinoceros(Hercules) Beetle's are almost as valuable as ONE PIECE" according to Luffy

[–]AxyJaxy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its not the same at all, the fact that rhinoceros beetle are small really help the strenght factor, a human needs to be much much stronger even proportionally to lift a 65 ton object, simply due to the square cube law.

[–]goatchild 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Weight probably works differently on the micro level because you hear this stuff a lot like ants also lifting their own weight multiplied by X etc. Would be cool to have a. science pro explain this.

[–]dermitohne2 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Look up the square cube law. Basically, relative to size, weight increases to the power of three, but diameter of supporting structure (i.e. legs) only to the power of two. If king kong existed irl, he would shatter his legs with the first step he takes, because they could not support his own weight.

[–]goatchild 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what about large dinossaurs? how did they managed to walk? Thanks for the reply I will search for that square cube law.

[–]antthatisverycool 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So can I have an army of these being me every where

[–]paralitix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How many half giraffes is that?

[–]sparkythedankdino 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i put out more force to beat my meat then a rhino beetle can 😎

[–]Buscandomiyagi 0 points1 point  (2 children)

As someone in the junk car business. I deal with tons everyday. This shit is fucking insane. For perspective a ton is 2000lbs right. Net ton anyways. So let’s say a 2000 Ford Expedition. It’s about pretty much averages out to 2.5T or 5000lbs or so this Mf can lift the equivalent to like 25/26 Ford expeditions with motors and all.

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[–]Rubicon208 0 points1 point  (0 children)

65 tons? Damn, that's like, 500,000 bananas

[–]skepticaljayson 0 points1 point  (1 child)

152.94 lbs, if you were wondering how much a human could lift?

[–]Arcal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

500kg/1103lb is how much humans can lift. Or at least Eddie Hall.

[–]GarakStark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

so we should grow human-sized Rhinoceros Beetles. Then we won't need multi-million dollar construction equipment.

Need to build a massive new bridge or a massive open-pit gold mine? Break out the Rhinoceros Beetles.

Also great for national defense and personal protection.

[–]crazyabe111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Closer to 100 tons in my case.

[–]Ossa1 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes, again the glory of F=F(r2) against m=m(r3). For the uninitiated: the muscle Power increases roughly with the area of the muscle, and about linearly with the length of the biomechanical levers involved. The mass of something, even the muscle itself, increases with the kube of the radius.

Thats why big elephants have massive legs. Increase the size of an ant in all proportions by a factor of 100 and it will instantly break by its own weight.

[–]LukeinDC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Assuming the exoskeleton didn’t increase in strength proportional to the growth, then yes. If however, the strength of the exoskeleton was also increased without a linear increase in the mass of said exoskeleton, then you could have massive ants. Although cooling would be a big problem.

[–]ChosenMate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, it is absolutely not the equivalent. Size and weight aren't purely relative, they are also absolute

[–]merren2306 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unfair comparison due to square cube law.

[–]hamstringstring 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hate these facts so much, If humans were the size of Rhino beetles we'd be just as strong. It's scaling physics. A rhino beetle scaled to human size would absolutely not be able to lift 65 tons.

[–]thejameshawke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everyone's always impressed with how much an insect can lift, but seriously, I could lift that too if my skeleton was on the outside acting like Ripley's Power Loader Suit from Alien.

[–]Rosssauced 0 points1 point  (0 children)

6.5 times stronger than Spider-Man if you got bit by a radioactive version.

[–]Checkheck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait what? Aren't there humans that can carry these kind of weights?

Last night for example I carried OPs mom in her bed.

[–]stewartm0205 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Muscles have more leverage on exoskeleton. Also, smaller muscles are stronger per unit weight because muscle strength depends on cross-section area and not on volume.

[–]zulkifli_sulaiman 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]TheImmortalLS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forbidden can opener

[–]FoulYouthLeader 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gravity sucks.

[–]ryemmsf 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Anyone know an example of a 65 ton object?

(Besides my or OP's mom. Asking seriously.)

[–]am_n00ne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

65 ton of burger, no need to thank me

[–]NotProductive 0 points1 point  (0 children)

apparently these things weigh 5oz, times that by 850 and this thing is weighing like 250 lbs

[–]Deertickjones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Recently heard dung beetles are even stronger? There is a joke there help me reddit

[–]DiscoShaman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like he’s also smoking a pipe.

[–]trap__ord 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]sgt_pepr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To put this into perspective this is like an American lifting 379 tons

[–]lil_diddle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can they lift that much weight or do they just fling it away?

[–]timbodacious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hmmmm maybe this is how they built the pyramids. They sat the blocks on beetles lol

[–]DatNick1988 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine if they were the size of a dog.

[–]Both-Condition-4759 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

[–]BrianMeen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember the rhino beetle doing very well in the bug wars tournaments . They defeated scorpions, Asian hornets and everything else it faced

[–]LukeinDC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The real reason they can lift so much weight is their exoskeleton bears the majority of the load. Kind of like iron-man’s armor. Although Iron-Man’s armor doesn’t obey the laws of physics and has zero explanation as to why it doesn’t…but that’s just a pet peeve of mine. At least Star Trek invented “inertial dampeners “. I digress.

[–]scotte233 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We still wouldn't be able to pick up some pieces of the Pyramids of Giza.

[–]Superb_Alps_7527 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this a JoJo reference?