It doesn't matter if it's to beat world records, win some curious achievements or simply arrive on time at work. In hectic times, being fast is an appreciable quality, but in excess, it always risks costing dearly.
Full speed: 10 astounding records from across the world
- 1. The speed record on a bicycle
- 2. The fastest man and woman in the world
- 3. The free fall speed record
- 4. Speed records in the animal kingdom
- 5. The unattainable speed of light
- 6. The fastest car
- 7. The speed records on the ski
- 8. The speediest speed date
- 9. The first speeding fine
- 10. The fastest cartoon
1. The speed record on a bicycle
The first to attempt a record of this kind was Charles Minthorn Murphy, who in 1899, using the trail of a locomotive, reached 96 km/h. Mueller-Korenek, on the other hand, used a dragster, an extremely aerodynamic vehicle used for acceleration races, to set her record.
Mueller-Korenek, 45 years old and mother of three children, had already beaten the women's record in 2016, but with this feat, he also far surpassed the Dutch Fred Rompelberg, who in 1995 had only touched 166.5 mph.
2. The fastest man and woman in the world
3. Speed record in free fall
4. Speed records in the animal kingdom
In the water, the most lively mammal is the orca, with its 34.5 mph average velocity, whilst the sailfish, thanks to its particular structure and to the dorsal fin with which it is equipped, can swim up to almost 68.35 mph.
A reverse record for the snail, by far the slowest animal of all, with its 0.03 mph!
5. The unattainable speed of light
Before him, Galileo Galilei had tried and so did several other scientists later on, such as the Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens, without ever reaching the precision of today's calculation. It is not, however, an absolute value, but always relative to the medium through which the light propagates: in vacuum, light reaches 299,792,458 m/s. This means that, if we could travel at the same speed, we could turn around the Equator seven and a half times per second.
6. The fastest car
The ThrustSSC is currently being held at the Coventry Museum of Transports, in England.
7. The speed records on the ski
8. The most numerous speed date
9. The first speeding fine
Today the news may make you smile, but it was a considerable excess since it "ran" in a stretch of urban road that allowed a maximum speed of only 2 mph!
10. The fastest cartoons
Furthermore, to the cry of “Andale, Andale! Arriba, Arriba!” even Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico, has amused both young and old ones. Born in 1953, still in the Looney Tunes universe, in the common imagination, he has become a symbol of cunning and cleverness, always escaping from his archenemy Sylvester Cat.
In one episode of the cartoon, Speedy and Roadrunner compete in a speed race, but are beaten on the finish line by Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote on board of a rocket: a bittersweet finale, ending with the two crashing!