One cool thing about Wait But Why having gained a large readership is that there are a lot of brains here now. The human brain weighs about 1.5 kg (~3 pounds), with a volume of about 1,200 cubic centimeters, or 1.2 liters. There are over a million monthly WBW readers, so combined, that’s a cube of brain weighing over 1,500 tons, with a side of over 10 meters—about the size of a three-story mansion.
That’s a fuckton of brain—so let’s do something with it. For today’s Dinner Table, let’s mine that huge brain cube for fascinating information.
Which makes today’s prompt simple:
Teach me something.
What’s something you know about better than most people—something you know about the world, about your profession, about science or math, about history or current events, about the arts, about how things work. A fact most of us aren’t aware of, an explanation of something that can help us understand it better, a description of something you know how to do that we don’t. It can be anything at all. Just teach me something you think I and other readers probably don’t know about as well as you do.
Use any medium you want—typing it out works, but also feel free to get on video and use a whiteboard or do a screen share.
And if you can’t think of anything to teach, request something you’d like to be taught. The answer is somewhere in the cube.
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