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Sep 19, 2011

Can Bird Poop Really Crack Your Car’s Windshield?

It's one of life's great mysteries: how much damage can bird poop falling at terminal velocity really do? Rhett Allain, Wired's resident physics guy, did us all a kindness and set his equations on this serious and pressing matter, originally raised by a Car Talk caller.

The answer? Maaaaybe, if it was an especially large avian dump and had some debris in it. But I'm nowhere near smart enough to know if he's right or not. Click through for the math and headache and general feeling of insignificance. More here.
 
 

4 comments:

1904 Blogger said...

i sure hope not

Lot's Wife said...

Oh no! There's already a crack in my windshield. It's compromised!

ThirtySeven said...

that's some heavy shit! =P

hoaks2 said...

Oh man would that piss me off. Of all the ways to break a windshield...