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One Man's Fast is Another Man's Slow
Fast is a relative thing. If the discussion is about aircraft, for
example, the world record speed is 6,800 mph (~Mach 10), just set in
November of 2004 by NASA's X-43A scramjet. That is fast, but not as
fast as the world's fastest land-based projectile. Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory has a gas gun, the 30-meter-long JASPER, capable
of firing a 1.1-inch diameter, 0.88-oz projectile at more than Mach
36 - even the X-43A could not outrun it. Now that's fast, but not as
fast as the world's fastest manned spacecraft, which was the Apollo
10. During a steeply inclined atmospheric reentry, its crew reached
a speed of 24,795 mph. Remember I said speed is relative. If you are
talking about tectonic plate movement in the Earth, the Pacific Plate
is hauling along at a blinding, world-speed-setting record 0.00000000709
mph. Bamboo, the world's fastest growing plant, puts tectonic plates
to shame by growing at an astounding 0.0000237 mph (up to 3 feet per
day). Alexander Popov, the world's fastest human swimmer, plows through
the water at 5.17 mph. Secretariat, the world's fastest Thoroughbred,
topped out at 37.6 mph - exactly the same speed as the world's fastest
elevator, which zips up and down Taiwan's new 1,667-foot Taipei 101
tower. Venturi Automobiles' Fetish peaks the speedometer at 105.6 mph,
making it the world's fastest production hybrid electric car. If you
want a fast roller coaster ride, go to Six Flags in New Jersey to hop
on the Kingda Ka to be blasted 456 feet skyward from standstill to 128
mph in 3.5 seconds by its 12,000 hp catapult. Like the speed but
not the acceleration? - Buy a ticket on China's Transrapid Shanghai
Maglev train and breeze along at a comfortable 267 mph, but don't get
in the way of Lockheed Martin's world's fastest
LOSAT missile that travels at 3,409 mph. I could go on, but you
get the picture. Anybody know the fastest finger movement ever recorded
for punching calculator buttons while converting English units like
all of these to metric?