Banana equivalent dose

Today I learned that the “banana equivalent dose” is a way of comparing the relative level of radiation exposure of different activities. For example, a dental x-ray is the equivalent of eating 50 bananas. A transatlantic flight is like eating 800 bananas.

A lethal dose of radiation is equivalent to 35 million bananas. Which is funny, because it only takes consuming about 200 bananas to die of potassium poisoning.

The video is enjoyable, and (spoiler) it also happens to be a performance of 4’33”, so you get a two-for-one. You’re welcome.

The Fallen of World War II

This is a gobsmackingly incredible visual exploration of deaths related to World War II and other conflicts.  You’ll start watching and it just keeps getting more insane, and you can’t stop until the end.  Well worth the 18 minute run time. I thought I understood the scale of the conflict — to the extent anyone can — but I had no idea.