Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why dogs don't pop wheelies

When we want to go somewhere, we sure know how to take off! But did you ever wonder how we can start off so fast and still stay on all fours? Well, don't you know there are some scientists out there that wanted the answer to that question.

They wanted to figure out how dogs can accelerate so fast without popping a whellie. Precisely, they designed an experiment "to see how fast a quadruped could accelerate without tipping over backward." Sounds complicated, but it looks like the answer is that we were basically designed that way. Seems obvious, but people need to busy themselves with studying something!

Now, if we could only master a clean stop on hardwood floors...

[Photo courtesy of Photo Bucket]

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