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Initial post: Aug 29, 2012, 12:33:01 PM PDT
I'm starting this thread for random questions that most of us may know the answers to. First up:
Is there a formula for converting feet per second into miles per hour?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012, 2:43:56 PM PDT
yes

Posted on Aug 29, 2012, 3:47:11 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Okay, another random question...

How much wood would Woodchuck Norris roundkick if Woodchuck Norris could roundkick wood?

Posted on Aug 29, 2012, 4:23:35 PM PDT
Real questions and answers, please. FPS/MPH, please.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012, 5:24:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2012, 5:26:30 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Please define what constitutes a "real" question and answer.

And if you're serious about wanting the FPS to MPH formula, it's simple enough to solve:

(x feet/second)(mile/5280 feet)(60 seconds/minute)(60 minutes/hour) = (y mile/hour)

Posted on Aug 29, 2012, 7:37:46 PM PDT
Questions and answers that are not jokes: e.g., what is/are the function of the knobs on top of a giraffe's head?

Hmmm...I am SO lousy at math...

Posted on Aug 29, 2012, 8:22:44 PM PDT
Why?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012, 8:46:17 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Why not?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012, 8:49:03 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Okay.

Since this IS the Science Fiction forum, though, I don't think I can give you a simple equation that results in miles per hour. How about as a percentage of the speed of light?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012, 8:58:09 PM PDT
Oh crap, you've confounded me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012, 12:32:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2012, 12:33:25 AM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Actually Gilbert, math is much easier than arithmetic--as gentlemen and scientists we all agree that a column of numbers will always add up to the same quantity, you know, without going to the bother of actually figuring it out and reconciling any little embarassing discrepancies between our calculations. Just call it 'X' and then we can discuss its more abstract and general qualities independent of its actual value.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012, 1:25:00 AM PDT
So I estimate that an object (pellet) going 450 fps is going roughly 9 mph. That's good. (I'm planning to get an electrically operated pellet-firing MP 40 Schmeisser). 8-D

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012, 7:18:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2012, 7:44:58 AM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Hi Gilbert, check this out:

the pellet's going 450 fps, so in one minute it goes 60*450 feet, which is a total of 27000 feet. There are 60 minutes in an hour, so the pellet will travel 60*27000 feet in that time, so in an hour it will go 1,620,000 feet. To convert to mph, divide 1,620,000 by the number of feet in a mile (5280) and we will obtain 306.82 mph.

At 9 mph, you might be able to run after your pellet and catch it.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012, 9:33:54 AM PDT
Gilbert,

I remember learning long ago this conversion, which is easy to remember and gives you a quick estimate:

88 fps = 60 mph
[so your 450 fps is about 5x faster or around 300 mph]

Of course, if you need to be exact, you can always use the formula, as stated above:
fps x 3600/5280 = mph

Did you know that you can type any math formula into Google search and get the answer? Just put 450 x 3600 / 5280 into the search bar.
(Answer - 306.818 mph)

Posted on Aug 30, 2012, 4:39:07 PM PDT
I got the 27,000 figure too, but it seemed so fabulous that I thought it had to be wrong. I'm certainly staying away from the front of the muzzle.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012, 5:48:52 PM PDT
You know, Gilbert never asked for the equation, he simply asked if there was an equation.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012, 5:55:13 PM PDT
I thought the question was inferred--silly me. Next time I'll remember to be more direct.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012, 6:08:53 PM PDT
Was it?

;)

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 1:26:54 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
How about this random question:

Does an IDIOT who starts a discussions about MORONIC random questions on AMAZON deserve to be confined to a lunatic asylum, or just plain SHOT, for the good of mankind?

Any answers?

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 2:28:54 AM PDT
Irish reader says:
Why do people prefer LOTR to 'The Hobbit'?

(1) 'The Hobbit' is funny. LOTR has no sense of humour whatsoever.
(2) 'The Hobbit' has an engaging central character. LOTR has a soppy drip.
(3) 'The Hobbit' is consistently inventive. LOTR is like poor old Bilbo - over-stretched (it doesn't have enough money shots to justify its length)
(4) 'The Hobbit' is just the right length. LOTR is too long.
(5) 'The Hobbit' subverts the conventions of the very world in which it's set - it's basically a heist. LOTR takes itself far too seriously.

etc, etc.....

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012, 4:12:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2012, 11:49:31 AM PDT
You like Nic Cage movies and you did a critique of the Da Vinci Code. I tried reading your "critique" of the Lord of the Rings but my skin dried out. How often do you sit on a cork and imitate the Montgolfier brothers?

Edit: This post references the one deleted by Amazon.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 6:55:21 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Ha ha ha.
So cute.
Stretching out your miniscule vocabulary to post a comment like this. It just shows me how juvenile you really are.
Did you ACTUALLY need to have someone tell you "a formula for converting feet per second into miles per hour?"

What are you? A 5th Grader?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012, 7:02:23 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Irish Reader:

I rank you somewhere between earthworms and rocks in terms of intelligence.
Are you absolutely braindead? Deprived of oxygen at birth?

I'm sorry you didn't have enough brainpower to sit through a book longer than 300 pages. I'm equally sorry that you can't read a book NOT written for kids (Oh well, you probably are a kid, underage).

etc, etc...

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 7:03:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2012, 7:36:08 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Lets have some random questions:
What are you reading now?

Posted on Aug 31, 2012, 7:04:41 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
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