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WTF? Wile E. Coyote could outrun The Road Runner by almost 2/1. Is anything sacred anymore?

Asked by ETpro (34145 points ) January 28th, 2013

While a roadrunner is the fastest running bird capable of flight, its top ground speed is just 20–26 MPH (32.2–41.8 KPH). A coyote can lope along at 43 MPH (69.2 KPH). Despite the poor cartoon coyote’s ineptitude at catching the roadrunner, in real life, Wile E. Coyote could easily run down the Road Runner unless it had time to take to flight. For that matter, a fast human sprinter could catch a roadrunner. Will this news put Acme out of business? What’s this world coming to when you can’t even believe news you get from cartoons?

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TheobromosHumper's avatar

Gun to head. Trigger pulling…....

Seek's avatar

When you have this kind of childhood-murdering information in the future, @ETpro, keep it to yourself.

Fyrius's avatar

Tragic plot twist: Wile E. Coyote has a heart condition causing muscle atrophy and a weak constitution, severely handicapping his running speed. Growing up knowing he could never compete with the other coyote kids in running, he spent all his time studying engineering instead.

There, childhoods saved.

wundayatta's avatar

@ETpro You know, there aren’t many sins on Fluther that will get you kicked off the site, but destroying childhood cartoon myths? You’re teetering on the edge, man. Teetering on the edge.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Wile E. Coyote’s problem was never speed, it’s incompetence. He catches up to the Road Runner every once in a while, but he can never seal the deal. Besides, I’m pretty sure that the episode “Soup or Sonic” proves that they’re just playing a game.

CWOTUS's avatar

Coyotes also can’t fly. Although they prefer the ground, roadrunners can fly to escape predators.

ucme's avatar

Dick Dastardly forever cheating in Wacky Races, apparently Lance Armstrong was his mentor…who knew?

WestRiverrat's avatar

@ETpro the roadrunner is a marathon runner, the coyote is more of a sprinter when running at top speeds. Wile E could only run down the roadrunner if he could catch him in the first 20–30 yards.

The roadrunner is also more agile, and when threatened seldom runs in a straight line.

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