You know that old tongue twister, ‘How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?’
Sure, it’s there to make us look silly if we can’t say it properly - but have you ever stopped and wondered just HOW much wood a woodchuck could chuck?
Well - wait no further, you’re question has been answered!
Research undertaken by wildlife biologists at New York’s Cornell University revealed that the answer is: about 318kg…
They wrote, "Compared to beavers, groundhogs/woodchuck are not adept at moving timber, although some will chew wood. (At Cornell, woodchucks that gnaw their wooden nest boxes are given scraps of 2-by-4 lumber.)
"A wildlife biologist once measured the inside volume of a typical woodchuck burrow and estimated that – if wood filled the hole instead of dirt – the industrious animal would have chucked about 700 pounds.”
Well there you have it!
You can now answer this EVERY time someone says this tongue twister.