Learn how big Godzilla's heart is (+ other fun facts) with this handy diagram

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May 15, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT (Updated)

Godzilla is an impossible creature, but that doesn't stop fun-loving scientists from predicting what the details of his biology would be if he were real.

We're just hours away from the American movie debut of the latest version of the King of the Monsters, so everyone's got Godzilla on their minds. It's no secret that director Gareth Edwards and his team have created the largest version of the classic kaiju yet, and scientists have been using that information to have fun with a new set of Godzilla-inspired calculations. First, we heard from a scientist who calculated the massive amount of urine Godzilla would generate on a daily basis, and now we've got a new diagram, courtesy of Popular Mechanics, that packs several fascinating new Godzilla facts.

To generate these facts, which range from cartilage strength to metabolism to blood volume, the magazine conducted a survey of a group of scientists "for fun." They used a mass calculation often employed by paleontologists to gauge the size of dinosaurs, and extrapolated some other fun facts based on that. Among them: Godzilla "weighs as much as a cruise ship," has a blood volume of 530,000 gallons, and would lumber along at 18 miles per hour. Check out the image below:

The article accompanying this nifty little guide to Godzilla's inner workings also included a few more fun facts, including a calculation of the power Godzilla's metabolism. At rest, the beast would generate as much energy as "a large wind turbine," but when he's in full rampage mode, Godzilla's innards could generate enough energy to power "a town of 3,000 people." In order to support his massive weight, his bones would also have to be "about twice as tough as some titanium alloys." Now we know why all those tanks and jets don't seem to do much damage. 

Head over to Popular Mechanics for more fun Godzilla facts.

Godzilla hits theaters at midnight tonight!

(Via Popular Mechanics)