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manpower vs horsepower

 
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this is kind of interesting. i found out men have beaten horses in races one guy in 2004 or something. and i saw a u-tube video of a guy in a short race maybe winning. as far as horsepower goes though, they say a man can do 1/4 for a little while and only 1/8 for longer. sounds about right if you are a strong young man
i guess for a 700 HP corvette you would need 5,600 men. and they could only go residential speed limits. LOL
 
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the site wont let me edit, just let me add this.
http://www.fordhamobserver.com/manpower-vs-horsepower/
is the link to this one story. it was a 22 mile race between a human and a mounted horse. the human beat the horse by 2 minutes.
 
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I saw something about a human vs. a horse. Both were put in a traditional horse starting gates. The gates open, and the human exploded out much faster than the horse. I don't know if it's due to quicker reactions or that humans can accelerate to their top speed faster, but over the short distance the human won by a lot...

then the horse overtakes the human.  The record for the Kentucky Derby (1.25 miles) is just under two minutes. I think the best humans can run one mile is just under 4 minutes.  But apparently we do better at marathon distances, if what you say is true.
 
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A long time ago I had an encyclopaedia which compared the speeds of different animals over varying distances, with the cheetah well ahead over ┬╝mile, but people gradually getting better over longer distances. At the end of the article, it said something like, “If we had a 100‑mile race, probably only a man and a horse would even finish it.”
 
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if I were the man, i would not finish it.
 
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I believe that many animals can sprint faster than humans, however, we are built for endurance. I have read that humans can outrun all animals in terms of endurance.
Here's an article from 2009 : New york Times article
 
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salvin francis wrote:...humans can outrun all animals in terms of endurance.


This is hard to prove since humans have the drive to engage in endurance running, for example, win Olympic medal, raise money for charity, improve cardiovascular health etc. But we are not able to simulate the same drive in animals.
 
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Daniel Cox wrote:This is hard to prove since humans have the drive to engage in endurance running, for example, win Olympic medal, raise money for charity, improve cardiovascular health etc. But we are not able to simulate the same drive in animals.


You are right, it would be definitely hard to prove that this is a statement true for all animals.
There is a term called Persistence Hunting where hunters (humans included) just follow the prey until it's exhausted. Now, the prey does know that it has to run or it will be eaten/captured. It's drive will be that of not getting captured. The wiki page is detailed about many such examples.
 
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salvin francis wrote:. . . Persistence Hunting . . .

I have seen it on a David Attenborough programme; it is really scary.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:I have seen it on a David Attenborough programme; it is really scary.


Have a look at the Cordyceps episode, that's actually scary
 
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in that 22 mile race the horse had to carry a rider, so was disadvantaged.
the guy who won that race did make a lot of money.
 
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Randall Twede wrote:in that 22 mile race the horse had to carry a rider, so was disadvantaged.


They should equalize it by making the man carry a horse.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:They should equalize it by making the man carry a horse.


This horse? Seems easy enough to carry being a stuffed animal and all!
 
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