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(Five Thirty-Eight)   Spider-Man is pretty...realistic, actually. It's science   (fivethirtyeight.com) divider line 28
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2014-05-01 05:28:09 PM
let me get this out of the way early:

img.geocaching.com
 
2014-05-01 06:28:11 PM
Ummm... No. If a radioactive spider bit a person, they would get cancer.
 
2014-05-01 06:34:48 PM
yeah, its real sciency outside of that whole superpowers thing.
 
2014-05-01 06:45:02 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Ummm... No. If a radioactive spider bit a person, they would get cancer.


Not even. Gamma would just pass through a spider and kill it.
 
2014-05-01 06:52:25 PM
I just hope they save the title for the end of the movie.
 
2014-05-01 06:58:45 PM

doglover: Darth_Lukecash: Ummm... No. If a radioactive spider bit a person, they would get cancer.

Not even. Gamma would just pass through a spider and kill it.


Was it gamma radiation? I thought that was just the Hulk.
 
2014-05-01 07:10:29 PM
Especially the web anchors that are attached to passing clouds.

Well, they must be, since they can't have an anchor on any building...
 
2014-05-01 07:30:03 PM

Darth_Lukecash: doglover: Darth_Lukecash: Ummm... No. If a radioactive spider bit a person, they would get cancer.

Not even. Gamma would just pass through a spider and kill it.

Was it gamma radiation? I thought that was just the Hulk.


Same principle.

They use gamma radiation in most countries to kill bacteria on food.
 
2014-05-01 07:37:00 PM
Seems highly appropriate:

Scientifically Accurate Spider-man (NSFW)
 
2014-05-01 07:49:10 PM

doglover: Darth_Lukecash: doglover: Darth_Lukecash: Ummm... No. If a radioactive spider bit a person, they would get cancer.

Not even. Gamma would just pass through a spider and kill it.

Was it gamma radiation? I thought that was just the Hulk.

Same principle.

They use gamma radiation in most countries to kill bacteria on food.


That's why they changed it to 'genetics'.
 
2014-05-01 07:49:20 PM
More realistic than Vertical Maneuvering Equipment...

http://i.stack.imgur.com/F3YCc.jpg i.stack.imgur.com
 
2014-05-01 08:26:00 PM
Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.
 
2014-05-01 08:38:50 PM

Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.


And god help him if he needs to be on the east side ...
 
2014-05-01 08:47:32 PM
Yes, because Spider-Man wouldn't be bothered at all while taking the subway...
 
2014-05-01 08:53:22 PM

ksobby: Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.

And god help him if he needs to be on the east side ...


I live in Darkest Queens -- for me, it's always been the Upper West Side that's been hard to get to. At least two transfers unless I'm going to Central Park West.
 
2014-05-01 09:12:14 PM

Arkanaut: ksobby: Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.

And god help him if he needs to be on the east side ...

I live in Darkest Queens -- for me, it's always been the Upper West Side that's been hard to get to. At least two transfers unless I'm going to Central Park West.


Really? I'm in queens too. Take N/Q/R to 42nd and then 1/2/3.

Crap. I just turned this into an episode of the Californians.
 
2014-05-01 09:14:23 PM
Spider-Man pales in comparison to the awesome SpdrJay.....
 
2014-05-01 09:27:29 PM

ksobby: Arkanaut: ksobby: Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.

And god help him if he needs to be on the east side ...

I live in Darkest Queens -- for me, it's always been the Upper West Side that's been hard to get to. At least two transfers unless I'm going to Central Park West.

Really? I'm in queens too. Take N/Q/R to 42nd and then 1/2/3.

Crap. I just turned this into an episode of the Californians.


Yeah but see, where I live, the R runs local, so I just take the E/F. So that means I have to transfer to get to an R. To your point though I guess I should look for the transfer if I see the R across the platform at Queens Plaza.
 
2014-05-01 09:35:32 PM

lostcat: More realistic than Vertical Maneuvering Equipment...

http://i.stack.imgur.com/F3YCc.jpg 


Yeah the VME is silly, but I still like that show :)
 
2014-05-01 11:47:57 PM

Teufelaffe: Seems highly appropriate:

Scientifically Accurate Spider-man (NSFW)


I hate that series and wish people would stop posting them, because I keep hoping they are good.

/actual article very cool
//watched that lecture, very nice
 
2014-05-02 12:33:25 AM

Arkanaut: ksobby: Arkanaut: ksobby: Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.

And god help him if he needs to be on the east side ...

I live in Darkest Queens -- for me, it's always been the Upper West Side that's been hard to get to. At least two transfers unless I'm going to Central Park West.

Really? I'm in queens too. Take N/Q/R to 42nd and then 1/2/3.

Crap. I just turned this into an episode of the Californians.

Yeah but see, where I live, the R runs local, so I just take the E/F. So that means I have to transfer to get to an R. To your point though I guess I should look for the transfer if I see the R across the platform at Queens Plaza.


Doesn't that pass through Mornington Crescent?
 
2014-05-02 02:39:39 AM
i895.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-02 03:31:11 AM
I think the most realistic superhero is Captain America.  He is only somewhat stronger than an Olympian athlete.  I think science might actually manage something like Captain America within the next century.
 
2014-05-02 05:48:51 AM
Why Spider-Man should just take the Subway

The thing you have to remember about Spider-Man is he's poor. Also citing the speed of the subway train neglects the length of an actual rider's trip, service changes, delays and the fact that he's not limited to tunnels. Also, good job spoiling the movie in the last paragraph, asshole.
 
2014-05-02 05:49:31 AM

bifford: I think the most realistic superhero is Captain America.  He is only somewhat stronger than an Olympian athlete.  I think science might actually manage something like Captain America within the next century.


The most realistic superhero is Batman because billionaires are above the law
 
2014-05-02 05:59:06 AM
I don't think Spidey likes trains.
 
2014-05-02 08:27:01 AM
Meanwhile, Spider-Man 2 actually broke Movie-Bob, to the point he wanted to give up comics and reviewing movies. That's how bad it is.
 
2014-05-02 09:12:23 AM

Arkanaut: Tippet found that Spider-Man travels no faster than, say, a subway train in New York. Assuming a dynamic string - that means it stretches - Spider-Man's maximum average velocity will be only 43 mph.

Some subway trains (the 4/5/6, I'm recalling) used to have speedometers on them that you could see from the passenger cabins, and I never saw a subway train go faster than 30 mph, and that's when it's going express. Between local stops it's more like 17-20 mph. Plus you have to wait for the trains, and they only go to certain places in the city - I think Spidey is doing just fine swinging between buildings.


That ability to quickly change directions is moderately useful.
 
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