Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed "travels at a rate of" into Google, unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 On average, a bumblebee travels at a rate of 3 meters per second, beating its wings 130 times per second.

Turnip #2 The times to take the travel trams to the observation deck way to the top of the arch, is about 4 minutes. The tram travels at a rate of 240 feet per minute, and the number of steps you can take in each way by the stairs are 1,076 steps. Only the stairs can be used for emergencies or maintenance. The Gateway Arch was authorized on May 17, 1954.

Turnip #3 Lightning travels at a rate of 60,000 miles a second.

Turnip #4 The average thunderstorm travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour. Once the leading edge of a thunderstorm approaches to within 10 miles, you are at immediate risk due to the possibility of lightning strokes coming from overhanging anvil clouds. Because of this, many lightning deaths and injuries occur with clear skies directly overhead.On average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of three to four miles, depending on humidity, terrain, and other factors.

Turnip #5 Conventional bottom-finding sonar uses a transducer to send ultrasonic sound waves, or pings, down through water. The pings bounce off the bottom, and objects such as fish, and are received back by the same transducer. A sonar ping travels at a rate of approximately four thousand eight hundred feet per second.

Turnip #6 Light travels at a rate of 186,282 miles per second (299,792 km/sec), which translates to about 5,870,000,000,000 miles (9,460,000,000,000 km) in a year.

Turnip #7 Speed of Sound: Sound travels at a rate of 761 miles per hour, or 1100 feet per second, or 1225 kilometers per hour. Sonic Boom: The sound that is created when an object travels faster than the speed of sound.

Turnip #8 Since the sun is so much larger than the earth, a spot on the equator travels at a rate of more than a mile a second.