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Dead Simple

A reliable source has told me that my last few posts have been too convoluted.

He said to get simple. OK, here we go.

The question burning in your mind is whether a bird can outrun bird-shot?

And the answer would be,


But some do better than others. Here is your chart from The Economist.


Better To Take Your Chances With A Jet Engine

You have to admire the graphic artists at The Economist.

They do have a way with words birds.



5 thoughts on “Dead Simple

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me……….

    Posted by sis in law | August 13, 2009, 4:24 pm
  2. But what is the flight speed of bird shot?

    Posted by Sal | August 13, 2009, 8:59 pm
    • Sal,

      I have checked on this with ‘my people’.

      Briefly, typical muzzle velocity will be 1100 ft/sec measured 3 ft. from the end of the muzzle. It can vary quite a bit depending on the type of load etc. etc.

      And of course the shot will quickly slow down in flight.

      Bottom line however, I have been assured that the bird will be overtaken unless it was out of range to begin with.

      We could start a debate at this point, but I’ll leave that up to your discretion.


      Posted by Bob Gelber | August 17, 2009, 11:03 am
  3. The only mystery on this gosh-darned website is why you are three days behind on posting. Hello? Are you duct-taped to a chair with a racquetball in your mouth trying to dial 911 with your big toe, or are you just lazy?

    Get on it big fella or I’m going to send a gang of pipe-hittin guidos to motivate you.

    Posted by Ralphie May | August 16, 2009, 11:47 am
    • Ralphie,

      Duct-taped would have been more fun than how I’ve been spending my time.

      I decided to export my Google Contact list just in case they go belly up or forget who I am. It turns out that because they don’t have ‘First Name’ and ‘Last Name’ fields that they parse the name and decide anything before the first space is ‘First Name’ and then rest is ‘Last Name’. This is less than ideal. So I had to go thru all the names and_add_underscores to fool it into getting the parsing right.

      Besides nobody reads blogs on the weekends unless they are stuck in a blizzard and can’t get to the slopes.

      Fear not, tomorrow’s blog is all tee’d up and ready to go first thing Monday am. And it’s a real keeper, don’t miss it!


      Posted by Bob Gelber | August 16, 2009, 1:24 pm

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