# How fast is 1,842 meters per minute?

It's about as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
The speed of a Knuckleball (baseball) is about 1,800 meters per minute.
(a.k.a. knuckler, a.k.a. floater, a.k.a. dancer, a.k.a. butterfly ball) (major league average)
The average speed of major league knuckleball pitch is 1,800 meters per minute. Eddie Cicotte, who was later implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, is credited with developing the pitch ca. 1906.
It's about as fast as a Cheetah
The speed of a Cheetah is about 1,841 meters per minute.
(Acinonyx jubatus)
The cheetah can reach speeds of up to 1,842 meters per minute in short bursts. From a crouching position, the cheetah can attain these speeds in just 2.25 seconds.
It's about nine-tenths as fast as a Hurricane
The speed of a Hurricane is about 1,990 meters per minute.
(formally: Topical cyclone; a.k.a. typhoon)
A hurricane is defined by the US National Hurricane Center as a Northern Hemisphere tropical storm having one-minute average wind-speeds of at least 1,980 meters per minute. Typhoons Tip (October, 1979) and Keith (October, 1997) and Hurricanes Camille (August, 1969) and Allen (August, 1980) jointly hold the record for highest tropical storm wind speeds at 5,170 meters per minute.
It's about nine-tenths as fast as a Curveball (baseball)
The speed of a Curveball (baseball) is about 2,000 meters per minute.
(a.k.a. hook, a.k.a. hammer, a.k.a. yakker) (major league average)
The average speed of major league curveball pitch is 2,000 meters per minute. In the 1940's, debate over whether there really was a curve in the curveball pitch was settled with the conclusion that the ball does curve; however, an optical illusion caused by the spin of the ball and the batter's perception of motion exaggerates the extent of the curve.
It's about three-fourths as fast as a Fastball (baseball)
The speed of a Fastball (baseball) is about 2,500 meters per minute.
(a.k.a. rising fastball, a.k.a. cross-seam fastball, a.k.a. heater, a.k.a. hummer, a.k.a. smoker; for four-seam grip) (major league average)
The average speed of major league fastball pitch is 2,500 meters per minute. When up against the quickest professional fastball pitchers, a batter may have less than 0.4 seconds to react to a pitched ball.
It's about one-and-a-half times as fast as a Greyhound
The speed of a Greyhound is about 1,210 meters per minute.
(a.k.a. English greyhound) (approximate maximum speed)
Greyhounds reach average race speeds of 1,210 meters per minute. Despite their racing prowess, greyhounds are not considered energetic dogs — the typical greyhound race requires the dogs to run for less than 35 seconds.
It's about three-fifths as fast as a Skydiver (belly-to-earth)
The speed of a Skydiver (belly-to-earth) is about 3,200 meters per minute.
(Belly-to-Earth orientation, average conditions, terminal velocity)
A belly-to-Earth oriented skydiver's terminal velocity is about 3,200 meters per minute. In a typical jump from 3,900 m (13,000 ft), a diver in this orientation will be in freefall for 60 seconds.
(EF2) (wind speed range average)
According to the Enhanced Fujita scale implemented by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a "significant" tornado has an Enhanced Funjita scale classification of EF2 and is characterized by wind gust speeds between 2,950.4640 meters per minute and 3,674.6690 meters per minute. The largest recorded tornado — an F4 event occurring in Nebraska in May, 2004 — was almost 4.02 km (2.5 mi) across.
It's about one-and-four-fifths times as fast as Secretariat
The speed of Secretariat is about 1,010 meters per minute.
(at Belmont Stakes, 1973)
Setting a record finish, Secretariat ran the Belmont Stakes — a 12 furlong race length — in 2:24, for an average speed of 1,010 meters per minute in 1973. His margin of victory in the race, also a record-setter, was 31 lengths.
It's about two times as fast as a Gazelle
The speed of a Gazelle is about 1,000 meters per minute.
(for Thomson's Gazelle, a.k.a. Eudorcas thomsoni, a.k.a. "Tommie", a.k.a. "Tommy")
A Thomson's gazelle can reach speeds of up to 1,000 meters per minute. The gazelle's speed doesn't match that of its chief predator, the cheetah, but a gazelle's endurance usually ensures an escape in distances greater than 500 m (0.3 mi).
It's about two times as fast as a Hare
The speed of a Hare is about 1,000 meters per minute.
(for European Brown Hare, a.k.a. Brown Hare, a.k.a. Lepus europaeus, a.k.a. Brown Hare)
The European Hare can run at speeds of up to 1,000 meters per minute. While speed is a factor in their escapes, hares evade their chief predators — wolves, foxes, and golden eagles — by fleeing in a zigzag pattern.
The speed of a Skydiver (headfirst) is about 4,300 meters per minute.
(Head-to-Earth orientation or standing, average conditions, terminal velocity)
A head-to-Earth or standing-oriented skydiver's terminal velocity assuming average conditions is about 4,300 meters per minute. In a typical jump from 3,900 m (13,000 ft), a diver in this orientation will be in freefall for 46 seconds.
It's about two-fifths as fast as a Helicopter
The speed of a Helicopter is about 4,730 meters per minute.
(for AH-64A Apache, a.k.a. Hughes Model 77) (maximum cruise speed)
The AH-64 helicopter, one of the primary helicopters used by the United States Army, flies at a top cruise speed of 4,730 meters per minute. The AH-64 is the primary military helicopter of several nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, and the Netherlands.
It's about one-third as fast as an Arrow (archery)
The speed of an Arrow (archery) is about 5,380 meters per minute.
(250 g arrow fired from 60#/28" bow)
A 250 gram arrow will reach speeds of approximately 5,380 meters per minute when fired from a 60-lb, 28-inch draw bow . Archeological evidence from the Ahrensburg valley near Hamburg, Germany indicates that arrows have been used since at least 11 to 12,000 years ago.
It's about one-third as fast as a Lamborghini Gallardo
The speed of a Lamborghini Gallardo is about 5,300 meters per minute.
(for Gallardo LP 550-2, a.k.a. Valentino Balboni, 2009 model)
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 model Gallardo has a top speed of 5,300 meters per minute. The Gallardo can reach speeds of 1,700 meters per minute in just 3.9 seconds.

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