Up until midcentury, the fastest thing in the world, apart from light, was sound. Travelling at 343 meters per second (1230 kph or 767 mph), sound was faster than even the most devastating craft of war.
But then, in 1947, Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager broke the sound barrier in Glamorous Glennis, his Bell X-1 aircraft. It was such an accomplishment at the time that he and the team he worked with were honored at the White House by Commander in Chief Harry S. Truman.
The next year, in 1948, a Northrop unmanned rocket sled became the first land vehicle to achieve supersonic speed, reaching 1,020 mph before careening off the rails. “She jumps the tracks! Rocket on a rampage!” The news announcer chirped on a broadcast announcing the news.
Then, in 2010, Felix Baumgartner became the first human projectile to break the sound barrier when he successfully completed a Red Bull sponsored free fall from the edge of the atmosphere down to the New Mexican desert.
In short, humans like speed. We like extremes. We like telling Mother Nature that, with labs, we can supersede her. So, with that said, hunker down and get ready to find out the 10 fastest things in the world.
10 The Fastest Production Car
9 The Fastest Non-Production Car
8 The Fastest Man
7 The Fastest Computer
6 The Fastest Ambulance
5 The Fastest Rapper
4 The Fastest Water Slide
3 The Fastest Plane
2 The Fastest Rollercoaster
1 Fastest Land Animal
Although a cheetah has spots, it typically just becomes a black-and-beige blur as it skitters through the air at speeds up to 75 miles per hour. That’s right: the cheetah can run as fast as a greyhound… bus. Its acceleration can get up to 62 mph in the first 3 seconds of its sprint, which is faster than most cars. To think that a gazelle, although quick, can only run at about 50 mph tops, it’s a wonder that there are any of them left since they are one of the cheetah’s main sources of tasty, rare meat.
Sources: Wikipedia, ferrariworldabudhabi.com, extremetech.com
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