Re: Sonic's Speed

From: Dan <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 1996 15:45:23 -0700

At 10:41 PM 4/8/96 -0400, you wrote:
>At 09:05 PM 4/8/96 -0400, you wrote:
>>All this talk about Sonic's speed has reminded me of a couple questions
>>I've been meaning to ask. In the Saturday AM show, the other Freedom
>>Fighters often grabbed hold of him and rode behind him as he juiced. How
>>did they ever hold onto him while he was moving that fast? Also, wouldn't
>>whoever was directly behind Sonic get impaled on his quills when he stopped
>>suddenly? (Ewww! That could be nasty!)
>Well, I suppose if you look at it from the "Cartoon Physics" point of view,
>none of this matters. There was a good example of this in that "The Real
>Ghostbusters" cartoon series almost 10 years ago. They were all transported
>to a cartoon world, and Egon, logical as ever, couldn't adjust. "Egon! Help
>me move this lake!" "You cannot pick up a lake and move it! It's illogical!"
>It was pretty weird, but it was funny.
>But, if you look at it from the real world physics point of view, yeah. When
>Sonic stops, he would have quite a mess to peel off of his back. Holding
>onto something that's going faster than mach 1 (Mach 1 is the speed of
>sound) wouldn't be possible (Obviously).
>I have to go in for the cartoon explanation. The force of friction from the
>air alone would be enormous. Unless there were some kind of genetic mutation
>that protected Sonic from affects like that. This hasn't really been
>explained, yet.
>A note to all of you trying to figure out the Physics of it: Using The U.S.
>system of measurements rarely works. Most of the laws of physics were
>defined using the metric system. Use meters, not miles.
        Hmmm... Good point, Matt. But I think Sonic's quills help break
down wind resistance.


Received on Tue Apr 09 1996 - 19:54:15 PDT

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