I've been thinking about superheroes since my book, The Big Book of Superhero Stuff, is coming out in near-ish future. So I read an article by Rhett Allain with interest. He's a wise fellow who figured out that Superman CAN'T punch someone into outer space...and some of the reasons are even gross!
- If you account for air resistance, the faster you start the greater the air resistance force. I
- Even if Superman did hit someone super-hard, Superman’s fist would probably just go through the target’s head.
- By pushing so hard on someone, Superman’s feet would crush the ground under him.
- The acceleration of the victim would be so great that his head would come off.
BONUS! Here's one of Rhett's amazing illustrations: