Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Thor's Hammer Mjölnir Would Weight As Much As 300-Billion Elephants (That's A Lot)

February 8, 2013


Neil DeGrasse Tyson has calculated that Thor's hammer, if truly forged from a collapsing star, would weigh around 300-billion elephants. Cool Neil, but since when did we start measuring things in elephants? That doesn't sound very scientific. Regardless, 300-billion of them -- you're gonna want to use both hands to pick that up. Don't go trying to grab it with just one or it'll tear your arm off. Fun fact: One time Thor and I were hanging out when he tossed his hammer at me and yelled, "Here, catch!" and I dove out of the way to avoid instant death. When I got back up he was laughing his lovely blonde locks off because it turns out that was just the lightweight prop hammer he uses for photoshoots. I was all, 'LOL -- good one, Thor!' then texted Loki to see about killing him.

Thanks to ..omg, look to the sky! It's a bird.. it's a plane.. no.. it's just Evil Ares, who's really taking advantage of my name copy/pasting for shoutouts. I think he's trying to score a date. And to David B, who once tied Thor's hammer to a rope and swung it around at a party until it flew loose and that's why we only have seven continents now instead of eight.

  • Evad Refeahcs

    Incorrect.. it was forged in a dying star.. it’s not made out of that star. According to Marvel, Mjolnir weighs exactly 42.3lbs and is made of Asgardian Uru metal.

  • Zombie Prep Network

    So even if he just dropped it lightly, it would probably destroy the whole Earth?

  • Jermain Palmen

    I gotta call bullshit on this one...
    It might be forged from a collapsing star, and yes, those things might weigh a heck of a lot per cubic inch, but when you remove a bit of that stuff, it no longer has all that crap pushing down on it, expands, and you've got your old uncompressed metal again. Sure it might contain some heavy metals, but that's about it.
    While we're at it, GIMME BACK PLUTO!

  • Idlethoughts

    If by a collapsed star he means a neutron star, then the very atomic structure has changed by the immense pressure to be entirely composed of neutrons, forming what is called nuetronium. Same applies to white dwarfs but with degenerate-matter instead, so even if it didn't have a gravitational pull of it's own, it still would have no way to "uncompress".

    Also, "[Pluto] had it coming."

  • Guest

    Mjolnir is made from Uru metal not a collapsed star, you would think a so called "scientist" would know that.

  • Azariel_z

    this would probably tear earth as we know it. just by laying on the surface.. but don't worry, it would take less than a second so it would be a quick death....unnoticeable .
    And the universe could care less for one more or one less planet..

  • TheMilkMan

    Hands down the best notes ever.

  • Brant_Alan

    300 Billion elephants still doesn't really help me understand the weight better.

  • 4,500,000,000,000,000 pounds...

  • Elephants!? How vague is that?
    Is it African or Indian; male or female?
    And what does it matter? Thor is the god of thunder from a magical realm. Plus it's a comic book.

  • Lee

    Surprised no one made the reference to that Big Bang Theory episode...

  • Is this in reference to Thor's hammer in general or the fact that I'm female?

  • rojojo

    guess ill get to lifting freeweights

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    I got a head start on ya, but I think it's going to take way too many workouts.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Now is that metric or imperial elephants?

  • Syed Tariq

    Epic Comment bro..:D

  • then texted Loki to see about killing him. ... http://www.Hugedealprofit73...

  • WhiteEagle2

    I always wonder how when he sets it down/drops it on the flying aircraft carrier. How it doesn't break a hole through the floor. I'm pretty sure aircraft can't lift the weight of 300 billion elephants. Unless of course this is fiction...

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I am still stuck on why it doesn't have a gravitational pull and destroy the planet

  • Idlethoughts


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