Friday, 13 March 2015

Sketchy Fact #84: Humming Along

Edit: Even the best of us miss obvious math errors occasionally...

80 wing flaps per second x 60 seconds in a minute = 4,800 flaps per minute

The wings are faster by a mile, but we stand by the original implication that hummingbird biology is cool.



... Our bad.

Please note that Geoff is an engineer. This fact explains why spaceships explode.



Hummingbirds can flap their wings up to 80 times per second, but that's nothing compared to their hearts which can beat at up to 1260 beats per minute!


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

... By my maths that's 21 beats per second for the heart - the wings have it by a mile...?

Sketchy Science said...

You are 100% correct and we sincerely apologize for not checking our maths. Please see the updates in this post and thanks for pointing out the mistake!

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