13 facts tagged with Speed Facts
MIT has developed a camera that captures the speed of light at a trillion frames per second.
All GPS units sold in the civilian market have to be programmed to deactivate themselves if they detect they are travelling faster than 1200 MPH or are above 60,000 feet in altitude to prevent them being used in intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Lars Andersen has rediscovered an ancient form of archery that allows him to shoot 10 arrows in 4.9 seconds, while it takes others 13-35 seconds. He is even faster than the fictional archer Legolas in the Lord of the Rings series.
The Pistol Shrimp can snap its claws together to create a sound of 218 decibels, louder than as supersonic jet at full speed. It only lasts for 1 millisecond. The snapping action also creates a bubble that is greater than 5000 Kelvin, close to the surface temperature of the sun.
Humans are capable of running 40 mph according to a study by bio-mechanical expert Dr. Matthew Bundle. Today's fastest man, Usain Bolt, has a top speed of 28 mph.
Domestic pigs average a top speed of about 11 miles per hour.
A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.
Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
Jumping fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than the space shuttle.
Coughing can cause air to move through your windpipe faster than the speed of sound - over a thousand feet per second!
When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.
Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.
If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse.