Go Speed Racer, Go!
Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Author: eventer79
It's time for your Friday Fun Fact! On Saturday! Hey, nobody's perfect....

The world is full of animals, all running, jumping, hiding, crawling, flying, and digging. If you could see them all from space it would probably look like a ball of jumping beans. If beans could jump. But everyone moves at their own pace, some with jaw-dropping speed, some...not so much.

For comparison, the pathetic human being can reach a blazing speed of 4.1 mph in water. Ouch. Swordfish put us to shame, gliding along at a smooth and confident 68 mph.

On land, we do slightly better, leaping to maximum of 24 mph. Hey, at least we are faster than a snail, who cruises through life at 0.000362 mph. Plenty of time to stop and smell the roses!

Even the behemoths leave us in the dust: elephants can run 25 mph in the open and a charging rhino barrels down at 30 mph. We'd have even worse luck with a hungry cheetah who would be whipping past at 70 mph.

No one can hold a candle, though, to the frigate bird. These adrenaline junkies can dive at 260 mph. See ya later, Earnhardt!
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On February 22, 2009 at 8:37 PM , lifeshighway said...

A hamster can reach speeds up to 150 mph when faced with my hand reaching into his diabolical cage.

On February 23, 2009 at 8:50 AM , eventer79 said...

ROFLMAO!! Yes, I have verified this to be true as well. Possums can also go up to 25 mph when running along the road shoulder in front of your car.