Friday, December 5, 2014

The Giraffe as the Ideal Unit of Measuring Height (for very high things)

My friend Binh An, who always finds super interesting things on the Internet (and also knows a lot about science and stuff, and plus is really good at cooking Vietnamese food...) showed me this awesome article about how high people are able to throw stuff. Like for exemple did you ever wonder how far up it was possible to throw a baseball, or a tennis ball, or a golf ball? According to the article, it turns out that this would be about 16 giraffes high maximum.

I'm not the best at throwing stuff, but I do play "Baby" and "Massacre" with my friends at school sometimes, by bouncing a tennis ball against the wall in the yard. But most of the time, I'm one of the first people who are "out" because I'm not very good at aiming. And once, not on purpose, I actually threw the ball over the roof, so then we had to stop playing, because it was our only ball. :(

...But I was secretly pretty proud of myself for having managed to pitch it so hard!!! At least two giraffes!!! :)

Anyways, here is the link to the article:

https://what-if.xkcd.com/44/

I hope you like it!

Seeya!

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