Hey guys! This is Eric and today we’re going to talk about how much wood a woodpecker can chop. This is an American tongue twister and a common question asked by many. The whole opening of a tongue-twister usually goes like this: “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?
The woodchuck is a rodent native to North America. These cute animals actually got their name from the Native Americans, who called them “Wuchak.” Later English settlers changed the name to “woodchuck“.
Of course, the question is, if the woodchuck can chuck wood, how much wood can the woodchuck chuck? It is reliable to say that they can, at least in some sense of the word.
Richard Thomas, a wildlife expert in New York State, decided to answer that question a few years ago. They found that, while a woodchuck doesn’t actually chuck wood, they actually chuck quite a bit of dirt when digging a burrow. Sometimes they can remove about 35 cubic feet of dirt which is about 700 pounds.
A Tongue Twister
Tongue twisters are funny word games that are used to challenge our pronunciation. The alliteration in his phrases allows people to focus their practice on one sound to help them flow better. Tongue twisters are used by actors and individuals who want to learn languages.
“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Eat?
The answer to the question was presented in a 1995 edition of the journal Annals of Improbable Research. The article ‘The Ability of Woodchucks to Chew Cellulose Fibre’ written by P.A. Paskevich and T.B. Shea appears to have experimentally verified how many woodchucks are able to eat or consume.
His very accurate conclusion is that an average woodchuck may eat or cut wood at a rate of 361.9237001 cubic centimetres per day. Keep visiting My Architecture’s Idea for more updates.