We’ve all seen hand-powered flashlights or other low-tech gadgets we can power manually. But have you ever wondered what it would take to power something a little more high-tech, like a toaster?
The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts set out to answer that question, and found that you would need a massive Olympian to pull off the feat. And not just any Olympian, a gold medal track cyclist with massive, 74 cm thighs. German athlete Robert Förstemann weighs in at 210 pounds of what appears to be pure muscle, so it’s safe to say this guy can produce a lot of energy, especially when he’s riding a bike.
But even he needed to lie down and take a breather by the time his toast was ready.
The purpose of the video was to show just how much energy humans consume vs. how much work it requires to produce that energy in the first place. The video states at the end that it would take “1 Robert to toast a slice of bread, 180 Roberts to power a car, and 43,000 Roberts to power an airplane.”
Whoa. Check out the video above.