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  1. About Philip Gale, child prodigy that committed suicide at age 19, jumping from a classroom's window. Before jumping he wrote on the blackboard Newton's equation for how an object accelerates as it falls, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair. He signed it, "Phil was here"

  2. Due to the way a rotting apple releases ethylene (which accelerates rotting), one bad apple really does ruin the whole bunch

  3. The United States spent more than $2 billion digging 24km of tunnels in Texas for a particle accelerator similar in scope to CERN, only to abandon the project.

  4. About Albert Gunton, a London city bus driver who in 1952 found himself driving his route crossing Tower Bridge when the bridge began to rise to allow a ship to pass. He accelerated and jumped the gap, and was awarded £10 for bravery.

  5. In 2010 the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers.

  6. When congress asked physicist R.R. Wilson to justify the US government spending millions of dollars on a new particle accelerator (Fermilab), Wilson testified that the knowledge gained from it would have "nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending."

  7. In 1986, '60 Minutes' ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. Gov't tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. '60 Minutes' never apologized.

  8. The Larvae of the Planthopper bug is the first living thing discovered to have evolved mechanical gears. They're located in its legs and enable it to jump at an acceleration of 400Gs in 2ms.

  9. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was so fast that the standard evasive action in case a surface-to-air missile launch was detected was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile

  10. In 1952 a double-decker bus was crossing London's Tower Bridge when the process to close the gates failed. Driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate the bus, clearing a six-foot drop onto the other side. The passengers received only minor injuries and Gunter won a £10 bonus

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Motorbike Acceleration vs Quarter Mile Times

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Falcon 9 FT First Stage Acceleration Graph

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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 can reach 30,000 ft (9,100m) in 60 seconds and has a thrust-to-weight ratio that allows the aircraft to accelerate while flying straight up. It is also the only aircraft to ever shoot down a satellite orbiting in space.

Critics of early locomotives feared that women’s bodies were "not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that women's uteruses would fly out of their bodies as they were accelerated to that speed. Others suspected that any human body might simply melt at high speeds.

Paraffin wax was a common waterproofing method for circus tents but changed in 1944 after the Ringling Bros. Fire in Hartford, CT. The paraffin wax ended up accelerating the deadly fire & 1800lbs of hot wax "rained down from the roof"-killing 167 people; injuring 700, mostly women & children.

Dragonflies have a high power/weight ratio, and have been documented accelerating at 4 G linearly and 9 G in sharp turns while pursuing prey.

When trains were introduced in the U.S, many people believed that that “women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that their “uteruses would fly out of [their] bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.”

In a 60's government funded LSD study, "26 men unleashed a slew of widely embraced innovations shortly after their LSD experiences, including a mathematical theorem for NOR gate circuits, a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device," [and more....]

Test pilot Thomas W. Attridge, Jr. shot himself down while testing the F-11 Tiger. After firing a short burst at 13,000 ft, Attridge accelerated into a dive and leveled off to fire another burst at 7,000 ft where he was struck by the bullets he'd fired earlier.

In 2003, archaeologists found 20,000 year old human footprints in the Australian Outback of a male they called T8. Scientists determined he was running 23 mph in mud, barefoot, and was even accelerating before the tracks stopped. Usain Bolt’s record for running speed is 27.44 mph.

When inside of a moving car, a helium balloon will move in the same direction that the car is accelerating. It's being pushed by the air which, itself, is moving counter to acceleration, like most objects do in a vehicle.

In 1978, a Russian physicist, Anatoli Bugorski, was struck accidentally by the proton beam of a particle accelerator. 1/2 of his face swelled beyond recognition and became paralysed. Amazingly, he survived and completed his PhD. He is still alive today.

60 Minutes ran a story on the Audi 5000 in 1986, claiming that it accelerated suddenly on its own. However, the demonstration used a rigged car whose transmission had been altered. Government agencies vindicated the car, but Audi's sales were affected. 60 minutes never apologised to Audi.

Those really thin fridge magnets are a special type of magnet called a Halbach array that has almost no magnetic field on one side - these were originally designed for use in particle accelerators.

Due to time dilation its possible to travel anywhere in the galaxy within a human lifetime. A ship accelerating constantly at 1g (earth gravity) could travel to the center of the milky way and back in 40 years.

Toyota had to pay $1.2 billion fine for safety negligence with unintended acceleration issues, despite a NASA report showing the issues were due to driver error.

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was so fast, the designers did not even consider evasive maneuvers; the pilot was simply instructed to accelerate. This could effectively elude any threat, including surface-to-air missiles.

Building a time machine is believed to be scientifically possible but requires building a gigantic particle accelerator in space, stabilizing space-time foam, plucking out a wormhole, enlarging it and connecting it a gravitational field.

Queen Elizabeth (an experienced Army driver during WWII) once took King Abdullah for a drive in her Land Rover. As she accelerated through narrow Scottish roads while talking the King was so nervous that he implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.

One typo lead to the hire of a Geoffrey Tandy, a seaweed expert (cryptogamist) instead of a codebreaker (cryptogramist) during WW2, but the help of the seaweed expert accelerated the end of the war by 2 to 4 yrs saving millions of lives in the process

There is an abandoned particle accelerator in Texas that was supposed to be 3 times bigger than the LHC

Though alchemists never succeeded in transmuting lead to gold, in 1981 physicists used the particle accelerator at Berkeley to shoot Carbon nuclei at thin foils of Bismuth- the resulting collisions did produced a tiny amount of Gold atoms

Base metals like Lead can be transmuted into gold using particle accelerators. The process is so expensive that it is not economically viable. Gold can also be turned into base metals.

When an F18 is catapulted from its carrier, the pilot doesn't actually take the controls. The acceleration is so brisk that the pilot would pitch down thinking that the nose was to high and crash into the ocean. They instead just hold handle they call the "towel rail"

Iranians still use the ancient form of air conditioning called the badgir. It is a tower with vents on top and allows cool air to accelerate down into a building. Zion National Park in Utah has a modern example of this, where temps reach over 100 F, the visitors center stays at cool 73 F.

In 1954 John Stapp strapped himself to a rocket sled, accelerated to 632 MPH in 5 seconds, and then decelerated to 0 MPH in 1.4 seconds. He experienced 46.2 G's. He went temporarily blind and experienced two black eyes from his eyeballs having been shot so far forward.

A spaceship accelerating at 1g will reach close to the speed of light in about a year

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How your weight and the angle of your torso over a motorcycle affect the required acceleration to do a wheelie.

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No Alarming Acceleration of Immigrants Chart