The nearly constant gesticulation of Sen. Bernie Sanders generates roughly the same power consumed by a small American community, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After studying the Democratic presidential candidate’s notorious hand motions for the past four months, a team of physicists at MIT has concluded Sanders’ gestures produce an average of roughly 10,000 kilowatts, which is approximately the amount of power being consumed by 5,000 American homes at any given moment.
“It really is amazing how much energy Bernie Sanders can produce with just his hands,” MIT applied physics professor Dean Brighton said. “And compared to petroleum or nuclear power, it’s a very clean form of energy, with the only waste produced being that which he sweats and flushes down the toilet.”
Even more astounding than the tremendous power generated by Sanders’ hand motions, Brighton maintained, is the amount of food required to fuel the gestures.
“Compared to petroleum or nuclear power, it’s a very clean form of energy, with the only waste produced being that which he sweats and flushes down the toilet.”
“On an average day, by our estimation,” Brighton stated, “Sanders’ hands produce 240,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, which equates to over 200 million calories. That’s 10,000 times more than the last winner of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest ingested on the Fourth of July.”
Brighton continued, “I’d hate to see Sen. Sanders’ grocery bill, but it does explain how he stays in such great shape.”
A Democrat who’s admittedly leaning toward voting for Sanders in the Massachusetts primary, Brighton said he hopes he and his colleagues can develop a method to harness all of the power generated by Sanders, if for no other reason than to see Americans have the chance to literally live out the slogan of the Vermont democratic socialist.
“Just imagine if we could convert the kinetic energy of Bernie’s hands into electricity,” Brighton mused. “If someone used that electricity to heat a stove and then touched it, they literally would ‘Feel the Bern.’ How awesome would that be?”