Images: Screenshot from Flintstones opening credits; Airplane landing gear from Airlinesafety.com. If feet bother you that much... you should probably see a therapist now because you clearly have intimacy issues and body phobias. Having swollen feet and ankles is nothing new to me. There is no way a chubby caveman could get a hunk of granite going that fast with only his legs, and even average highway speeds seem out of the question. The best-case scenario for Fred’s feet is that they incur a mild “road rash”—the kind of abrasions and burns that motorcyclists and bikers get when they skid along the ground at speed. 6 hours ago — Chelsea Harvey and E&E News, 6 hours ago — Matthew W. Johnson and David B. Yaden | Opinion, 10 hours ago — Jeffery DelViscio and Timothy Weaver. Engineers today have developed brakes that can take huge amounts of heat and stress precisely because other materials would fail under such strenuous conditions. Explore our digital archive back to 1845, including articles by more than 150 Nobel Prize winners. If Fred pressed and held his feet to the ground, he would most likely lose them. But just how much force would his feet need to apply, and what would happen to them? Let's put aside the fact that Fred Flintstone basically runs to work and therefore doesn't really need his wheels (or that he would need the quads of a god to get them [...]. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. But what if Fred’s feet weren’t indestructible? The fastest human powered bicycle has been clocked at an astonishing 82 miles per hour. Assuming for a moment that Fred’s feet are so callused as to be indestructible, slamming his feet into the rocky road at 25 miles per hour would bring the rockmobile to a stop in about 26 feet (8 meters). If Fred pressed and held his feet to the ground, he would most likely lose them.

Images: Screenshot from Flintstones opening credits; Airplane landing gear from Airlinesafety.com. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and a master's degree in communication research (with a focus on science, health, and the environment) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fred Flintstone Costume: This was my costume last year. On a list of those unusable materials is certainly human skin. Sadly, we know this would happen because of the unfortunate cases where people’s feet are run over by cars (study link includes some graphic images). higher than the values we have on highways, Batman and the Joker sliding on the floor here, Why You Should Envy, But Not Worship Sherlock Holmes. With heels screeching and smoking, Fred famously uses his own feet to stop his forward momentum. With heels screeching and smoking, Fred famously uses his own feet to stop his forward momentum. Now that we have all the numbers, all we have to do is plug them in. The fastest human powered bicycle has been clocked at an astonishing 82 miles per hour. Discover world-changing science. Engineers today have developed brakes that can take huge amounts of heat and stress precisely because other materials would fail under such strenuous conditions. Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine. The rockmobile is neither a picture of aerodynamics or engineering genius, but it still has to be faster than simply running to make any sense at all as a vehicle. Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at, Lessons from Smallpox Guide Polio Endgame, TED Education Wants Your Help Bringing Cool Science to the Classroom, higher than the values we have on highways, Batman and the Joker sliding on the floor here, Why You Should Envy, But Not Worship Sherlock Holmes, By Larry Brilliant and William Foege on April 22, 2013.

I doubt that The Flintstones had the paved roads of today, so a first guess at the roughness of the road Fred is braking on would be a bit higher than the values we have on highways: around 0.7-0.9. It has been studied for human skin [PDF], but what we are really looking for is the roughness of the road; how much resistance Fred’s feet would meet. All this is assuming of course that the car itself would hold together for more than a few feet. Fred moves his wheels under his own power, but I wouldn’t guess he could go too fast. Sadly, we know this would happen because of the unfortunate cases where people’s feet are run over by cars (study link includes some graphic images). For the sake of estimation, we could assume the rest of the car, made of tarp and wood, weighs and additional 50 kilograms (110 pounds). Fred himself is a hefty fellow, maybe 95 kilograms (210 pounds). All this is assuming of course that the car itself would hold together for more than a few feet. To put it another way, it would be like standing on a belt sander, with an adolescent African elephant on your back.
As an engineer, I have no idea how a forward-moving car keeps a rear wheel on that has no backstop. Let’s assume that they are granite. The force of friction on his feet would be twice the bite force of a large American alligator, so I don’t think his toes would take it too well.

Now that we have all the numbers, all we have to do is plug them in. As an engineer, I have no idea how a forward-moving car keeps a rear wheel on that has no backstop. When a material can’t handle the friction, the result is catastrophic heating and disintegration. (If you want to see the full calculation for stopping distance, I did the same for Batman and the Joker sliding on the floor here.).

If they were one and a half meters long and 80 centimeters in diameter—like huge stone rolling pins—they would be about 360 kilograms (~795 pounds) each. But what if Fred’s feet weren’t indestructible? higher than the values we have on highways, Batman and the Joker sliding on the floor here, Astronomers Have Finally Found the Cause of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts. That’s not too bad considering his bunions are brake pads. Using your bare feet as brakes is a yabba dabba don’t.


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