Thursday, August 17, 2006

Flash in the (bed)Pan


Haven't blogged for a while- been a little busy. I'm still too busy to organize my thoughts, but I wanted to leave this little tidbit.

As I've said before, I'm a geek, and one of my geekly loves has been comics, especially horror comics and superheroes, with DC heroes being, by far, my favorites.

Anyway, I recently read an excerpt of a book entitled The Physics of Superheroes, in which it examined how certain heroes could or could not exist in our world. One of the heroes, mentioned was the Flash- basically, it examined how many calories he would have to eat to run 60 mph across the country (which is pretty piddly for the Flash). Anyway, the author (a physics professor) calculated how many calories he would burn up, and therefore, how much food he would have to consume to do it. I forget the exact number, it was a heckuva lot. Millions of calories, I think. Said professor concluded that this is one reason the Flash could not exist in our world.

So, I got to thinking- maybe the Flash has a really efficient metabolism. Maybe his stomach is like a nuclear reactor, and can break apart the very molecules of food he eats so that he can harness all the energy of the atom directly. That would surely fuel his cross-country journey?

But, if he was so efficient, does that mean he would never have any waste to eliminate? Does the Flash ever use the bathroom? Also, would that mean that the "Fastest Man Alive" would never get a case of the runs?

6 comments:

The Edward said...

But if he ever did get a case of the runs, he would beat you to the bathroom. And if all of his muscles were as fast as his leg muscles, he could be in and out of there in under one of your heartbeats. One could calculate the force of the impact based on the speed and volume - I'm guessing he would blow apart any normal toilet.

Interesting idea on the nuclear stomach - I like that one. Thanks.

madpuppy said...

You're very welcome- tell your friends to stop by. It gets lonely out here sometimes.

The Edward said...

You already have 32 views of your profile, so someone is stopping by! The more you write, the easier it is for people to stop by, otherwise it is a letdown to see nothing has changed since last time one had clicked the link.

Samantha said...

I, too, am experiencing the loneliness of no-one commenting. (Well except family, occasional random people, and the Edward).

My favorite reading is off the homogenous cookie-cutter track. No Oprah Bookclub books for me - Bleah!

I love ghost stories (the older ones), horror (ditto), supernatural (ditto), science fiction (ditto), mystery (ditto)(okay okay, I like out of print stuff already, so I haunt used books stores and sales, so I have 3 cats and 12 bookshelves of books!), true crime, crazy stuff like UFOs, Bermuda Triangle, are we descended from ancestors from space, Alan Landsburg's In Search of series. That sort of stuff. My mom recently watched my cats for me and told me she "found nothing of interest for her to read" at my house. Now I have plenty to read, it just isn't mainstream.

Samantha said...

Oh, the Flash would have the runs (if he ate something that disagreed with him), but he'd be going so fast it would be on a molecular level and appear to use to be one of those funky smelling clouds you occasional drive or walk thru.

Samantha said...

I mean "us" not "use".