Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Schott's Miscellany 15 August 2009

India gained independence after some 200 years of British rule, and Pakistan was created (1947)


AVERAGE VELOCITIES OF VARIOUS BODIES

A man walks 3 miles per hour or 4 feet per second.
A horse trots 7 miles per hour or 10 feet per second.
A horse runs 20 miles per hour or 29 feet per second.
Steamboat runs 20 miles per hour or 26 feet per second.
Sailing vessel runs 10 miles per hour or 14 feet per second.
Rapid rivers flow 3 miles per hour or 4 feet per second.
A moderate wind blows 7 miles per hour or 10 feet per second.
A storm moves 36 miles per hour or 52 feet per second.
A hurricane moves 80 miles per hour or 117 feet per second.
A rifle ball moves 1000 miles per hour or 1,466 feet per second.

---Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889


Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another.
Anatole France (1844-1924)
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