You will never guess why people weigh more in Illinois than Indiana
· Sep 28, 2023 ·

Believe it or not, if you were to travel from certain points in Illinois to certain parts of Indiana you would lose weight, and vice versa.

Gravity anomalies in the states actually increase and decrease the weight of objects moving between the regions, and several other parts of Earth.

Here are Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio for reference. Red means more gravity than average; blue means less.

Some of these differ by up to .01%.

That's not a lot of weight off the scales, but you could probably justify that hot fudge sundae in Indiana.

It's also enough of a difference to throw off a pendulum clock moving in and out of the anomalies.

Apparently there are two reasons for this effect.

  • Gravity diminishes with altitude.
  • Gravity increases over rocks.

If there were such a thing as a mountain of sand, you could probably justify second breakfast and a hot fudge sundae.

The oceans offer the greatest offset in gravity.

You can see the global gravitational anomalies here:

I'm pretty sure that's why cruises offer all-you-can-eat buffets.

You can eat anything you want when you're light as a feather!

Of course, changes in weight do not necessarily reflect body composition.

In other words, hanging out in gravitational anomalies is no excuse for not dieting and exercising.

But if you're looking to lose a quick .01% of your body weight, I can't think of a better temporary fix.

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