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2013-03-15 02:55:45 PM  
We "crowd into arenas and stadiums to marvel at our pathetic physical abilities as if they were something special" because those are (relatively) outside the normal abilities of everyday humans.

Track events are not, hence the lower attendance.

Anyone in a modicum of decent shape can run, but not all runners can play football, or basketball, or baseball, or tennis, etc.
 
2013-03-15 02:58:36 PM  
Someone been trolling through the archives at Slate?

Just as true today as it was when the article was posted, you show me a non-human animal able to hit a split-finger fastball or STFU.
 
2013-03-15 03:05:01 PM  

meanmutton: you show me a non-human animal able to hit a split-finger fastball or STFU.


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2013-03-15 03:22:10 PM  
mind = blown
 
2013-03-15 03:36:55 PM  
Reminded me of this story a couple years ago.

Persistence hunting marathoners: Hunting a pronghorn antelope on foot
http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Fair-Chase.htm l? page=all
 
2013-03-15 03:48:25 PM  
actually a very interesting story
 
2013-03-15 04:29:45 PM  

meanmutton: you show me a non-human animal able to hit a split-finger fastball or STFU.


Appealing to a skill that requires human anatomy because it's based on an activity humans invented for humans, as opposed to an academically honest comparison of raw athletic ability, is a pathetic way to try to salvage your ego.

Big-market professionals -- the top 0.0001% or so of human athletes -- can, after years of long hours of practice, reach reaction times that are comparable to a cat's:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Y8N1UExs8

If you're paying big bucks to see Miguel Cabrera hit a splitter, you're watching a feat of reflex and precision that I can see anytime by playing with my cats.  They can't hit splitters because they can't weild bats, but the cats aren't getting butthurt about that.
 
2013-03-15 06:25:33 PM  
long distance running is an awful form of exercise
 
2013-03-15 06:30:17 PM  

FreetardoRivera: long distance running is an awful form of exercise


It's ironically an awful way to exercise precisely because that's what we're evolved to do.  We're also evolved to grip objects with our hands but once you figure out how to do that it's not like your fapping habit is leading you down a path to self-improvement.
 
2013-03-15 06:47:22 PM  

dragonchild: FreetardoRivera: long distance running is an awful form of exercise

It's ironically an awful way to exercise precisely because that's what we're evolved to do.  We're also evolved to grip objects with our hands but once you figure out how to do that it's not like your fapping habit is leading you down a path to self-improvement.


Hey, gotta do something to get my right hand up to the strength in my left. That's self-improvement.
 
2013-03-15 06:56:24 PM  
But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.
 
2013-03-15 08:04:41 PM  

Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.


came here to say that.

/Sup eskibro?
 
2013-03-15 08:08:22 PM  
Sports or exercise has never been about the things we're better at than all the other animals. It's about being better at them than all the other humans.

I suspect this guy only runs, and since he doesn't like doing anything else he's trying to justify that.
 
2013-03-15 08:46:54 PM  
Running is not a sport. It's a survival technique.
 
2013-03-15 09:11:34 PM  

Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.


They can only do that in cold weather or they overheat. You don't see dog sleds in the Sahara. Humans can run all day in the heat. Well not me, but some can.
 
2013-03-15 09:23:04 PM  

revrendjim: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

They can only do that in cold weather or they overheat. You don't see dog sleds in the Sahara. Humans can run all day in the heat. Well not me, but some can.


And you don't see marathon runners in the arctic circle.  Is this the fun part of the thread where we start moving the goalposts?
 
2013-03-15 09:28:20 PM  

Emposter: revrendjim: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

They can only do that in cold weather or they overheat. You don't see dog sleds in the Sahara. Humans can run all day in the heat. Well not me, but some can.

And you don't see marathon runners in the arctic circle.  Is this the fun part of the thread where we start moving the goalposts?


Oh, and it's worth pointing out that there are dozens of species of wolves...including ones that live in deserts.
 
2013-03-15 09:31:54 PM  

Emposter: revrendjim: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

They can only do that in cold weather or they overheat. You don't see dog sleds in the Sahara. Humans can run all day in the heat. Well not me, but some can.

And you don't see marathon runners in the arctic circle.  Is this the fun part of the thread where we start moving the goalposts?


You didn't read the article, right? That's ok, this is Fark, but a central point was that our exceptional ability to shed heat allows us to outrun animals that overheat in the same conditions.
 
2013-03-15 09:52:18 PM  
Based on the first part of the headline, I thought Slate was going to be biatching about it being a half day park. Damnit, you're just not enjoying it properly, broken Yeti or not.
 
2013-03-15 09:55:49 PM  

revrendjim: Emposter: revrendjim: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

They can only do that in cold weather or they overheat. You don't see dog sleds in the Sahara. Humans can run all day in the heat. Well not me, but some can.

And you don't see marathon runners in the arctic circle.  Is this the fun part of the thread where we start moving the goalposts?

You didn't read the article, right? That's ok, this is Fark, but a central point was that our exceptional ability to shed heat allows us to outrun animals that overheat in the same conditions.


Oh, for sure.  I just magically pull article quotes out of my ass.  You know, like the quote at the top of my Boobies, which falsely claims that humans are kings and queens of the entire planet for long distance running.  Not kings and queens of the deserts, though even that may be dubious.

You can go on about other parts of the article that I wasn't responding to, if you like arguing with strawmen, though even those parts are full of half-truths at best, such as when the author tries to claim sled dogs only go up to about 100km, so they can be compared to "ultra-marathon runners," when in fact the sled dog record is 1049 miles in 11 days, or 95 miles (154kph) per day or where the author claims that wolves only tend to go up to 14 to 19 miles per day, when they in fact regularly travel up to 70 miles per day, depending on the species.

After all, I'm pretty sure humans are significantly better at arguing with strawmen than sled dogs or wolves.  We can still win this!
 
2013-03-15 11:53:04 PM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

came here to say that.

/Sup eskibro?


This is interesting.
 
2013-03-16 12:07:31 AM  

linuxpyro: Ego edo infantia cattus: Emposter: But there is one exception to our general paltriness: We're the right honorable kings and queens of the planet when it comes to long-distance running.

Ummmm...wolves (50+ miles per day) and sled dogs (about 100 miles per day) would like a word with you.

came here to say that.

/Sup eskibro?

This is interesting.


Canines are a really impressive species (well, some...my golden doodle's primary skill is taking corners too fast and running into walls), and sled dogs are canines that have been bred for over 4000 years to be pretty much super dogs.  They're kinda awesome.
 
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