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Breaking the Sound Barrier

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#32913
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:bigSWAFF_69_Aus******

 

 

 



A number of people have broken the sound barrier, either in a super-fast car, or in nice fancy planes. However, hundreds of years ago it was broken on horseback. How?




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Comments

blondebookwormAus*
Sep 09, 2006

wow. I learned something new today. Nice job!
blondebookwormAus*
Sep 09, 2006

wow. I learned something new today. Nice job!
twixy*
Sep 09, 2006

cool
GebbieRoseAus*
Sep 09, 2006

That's interesting!
brillent2
Sep 10, 2006

I went back to school today very good one, gave me an headache
rkaalandAus*
Sep 13, 2006

well, as much as I deal with horses I probably should have known that!! Good JOB Swaff!
OldChinaHand**
Oct 10, 2006

This one was a snap...good one.
lmurray*cn*
Oct 10, 2006

I WAS ALWAYS TOLD THE SAME THING WHEN GROWING UP, BUT ALWAYS DOUBTED THE VALIDITY.

THE ROMANS AND EGYPTIANS USED WHIPS (ON HORSES AMONG OTHER THINGS) "THOUSANDS" OF YEARS AGO.

TKS.
PhalanxAlu*
Oct 10, 2006

well that one was great...!
marschie*il*
Oct 10, 2006

Who was the comedian who used to say, "Verry Inerresting?" He was on SNL. I too say, "Verry Inerresting."
Badger*us*
Oct 10, 2006

Kids, just be sure you don't take someone's eye out with this one!

EZPZ Swaff, but fun fact. Thanks for submitting!
Badger*us*
Oct 10, 2006

PS: For those who care... It's the Law of Conservation of Energy. As the whip goes from thick to very thin at the tip, the mass decreases... The energy is the same and has to "go" somewhere... It goes into accelerating the tip beyond the sound barrier... The energy dissipates in the form of sound waves and heat. SNAP!
bradon182001*us*
Oct 10, 2006

Have to agree with all of the above. This was very educational and interesting.
iteachkidsAus*
Oct 10, 2006

Fun to learn ... and fun to learn even more from these other Brilliant Brainglers. Thanx EVERYNE!
FatHeadAus*
Oct 10, 2006

Cool! Of course, I would think this might go under the Trick category.
BeckyD*
Oct 10, 2006

To Marschie: I remember that phrase, "Verrrrry Interrresting," but it wasn't on SNL... it was one of the regular phrases spoken on that very old comedy show, "Laugh In." It was one of Arte Johnson's characters where he wore a German uniform and helmet, and would be hiding behind some shrubbery, peeking through at one of their other funny skits. He used a German accent, too, when he said that phrase.

Ok, I'm dating myself again... yes, I remember those OLD shows!! LOL
BeckyD*
Oct 10, 2006

I also thought this was an excellent brain teaser!! It never occured to me that a bullwhip made that cracking sound because of breaking the sound barrier. MY guess was really dumb... I thought it was that he passed over a time zone.... hahahaha!!!
Trishgal*us*
Oct 10, 2006

Ireally did not know just how interesting all this was til I read the comments. their are some very well informed people here. Thx.Keep these coming.
4kai2lyn6*us*
Oct 10, 2006

I love you people! Everyone here seems to want to learn for the pure and simple satisfaction of obtaining knowledge! Thanks youse guyes! Verrrry intttterrrrrresting stuffs here!
Infrared*us
Oct 10, 2006

I got this one!
OhEmGeeA**
Oct 10, 2006

huh? i dont get this one! i mean i kinda understand but its sorta confusing. someone please help me out??


RESPOND TO THIS COMMENT PLEASE!!
FeaerFactorY666*us*
Oct 10, 2006

smart! nice!
OhEmGeeA**
Oct 10, 2006

PLEASE RESPOND TO THE COMMENT TWO ABOVE MINE PLEASE!!
davidrools*
Oct 10, 2006

I think of the whips that jockeys use while riding a horse and it's more of a switch kind of a device that just smacks the horse's butt (i'm totally not a horse person) and not a whip that breaks the sound barrier. The ones you imagine being used by old stage coach drivers are the whips that crack from the mini sonic boom...but those are used from a carriage or coach rather than on the horse's back.
OhEmGeeA**
Oct 10, 2006

davidrools? thanks sooo much!!! yay
OhEmGeeA**
Oct 10, 2006

davidrools whats your last name??
Pizzazz2uAus*
Oct 10, 2006

After checking the answer, I knew it. But, I have to admit, this wasn't on the list of any of the items I have learned to remember. Very good and a fascinating teaser for youngsters. Keep them coming.
mmmcla01A*
Oct 10, 2006

Good job! I didn't really care for it but trivia teasers don't interest me that much ... still good job
mentalcase
Oct 10, 2006

Good job, davidrools. I got on here (for the first time ever, mind you!) only to be annoyingly erudite and point out that while this was a cool braingle, it was not strictly true - the whips used while riding, also called quirts, are short and do not break the sound barrier. These long whips are only used while driving. So there you have it, Mighty Brains! Keep on braingling!
mentalcase
thesd16*au
Oct 10, 2006

heard this somewhere else, but i couldn't figure out then, but when i saw the answer, i wondered why i didn't.
tmkingus
Oct 10, 2006

wow i cant wait to tell my friends that one.
i_luv_2_readAus*
Oct 10, 2006

neat little trivia fact....i read it in a puzzler book somewhere once

luvdoritos706*ph*
Oct 11, 2006

thats very interesting....makes sense
tdbrsun*
Oct 12, 2006

I too learned something new. Great teaser!
QrystalAca*
Oct 13, 2006

neato.
RRAMMOHAN*in*
Oct 15, 2006

Wow, that was brilliant, and very interesting! Didnt know this! Thanks to all those who gave the scientific explanation - i have learnt something new today! Thanks for the teaser.
MalcolmReynoldsAus*
Oct 28, 2006

Finally a "harder" one I can get.. lol.
vlermaAus*
Oct 28, 2006

Nice job there. I was trying to think what you could do to a horse that would make him that fast. But having been raised on the farm I can remember my dad popping the old bull whip over the horse's head when he was rounding up the cows. But of course I didn't remeber until I saw the answer. Great job.
Stormcrafter*au*
Nov 29, 2006

The difficulty rating would apparently show that that is *not* a commonly known fact...

I knew that from when I was in third grade

But then I like finding out random oddities and nuances. Did you know that coca-cola was originally green?
john1701Agb*
Jul 19, 2009

Am I the only person who also thought of firearms? A flintlock pistol propels a bullet faster than sound, and flintlocks were being used by soldiers on horseback at least a couple of hundred years ago.
jaycr*us*
Oct 10, 2009

OK, it's kinda out there but I was thinking about breaking a horse who's name was "Sound Barrier".
doeheadAus**
Oct 10, 2009

Another repeat,another repeat, another repeat, another repeat, another repeat. TAKE NOTICE EDITORS, SEE HOW SICKENING IT IS SEEING THE SAME OLD TEASERS.
craniacAus*
Oct 10, 2009

Hmmm, even with the correction provided by Davidrools, I'm not sure I believe this explanation, I thought a whip cracks because it's leather striking leather really hard. I don't know enough physics to judge if the answer given for this teaser is correct or not. Just call me a skeptic today.
bestgirl*
Oct 10, 2009

Doehead, cool it. Don't make me sorry I voted to keep you here. I have been a member for at least 2 years, and I hadn't seen this one. Now, I admit I have been wondering why most post lately are so old, but I assume not many people are submitting.
phyllisa*us*
Oct 10, 2009

Interesting, but I agree that you use a different kind of whip on a horse. It is called a crop. Anyway, my answer was Paul Revere !
UptheHillA*
Oct 10, 2009

HA!
patiencewithaP*us*
Oct 10, 2009

Fun!
auntiesisAus*
Oct 10, 2009

I was hung up on the horse breaking the sound barrier, never gave a thought to the whip. I even knew that fact from many years ago, but never connected it to this teaser. Well done.
TZCastortus
Oct 10, 2009

yay i got it with my first guess. and did you know if you dipped a whp in gasoline, and cracked it it would make a mini fireball becuase of the air friction of the sonic boom.
HABS2933Aca*
Oct 10, 2012

Very easy, Looking at the dates again it appears that this was reaser of the day on this date in 2006 and 2009 now in 2012- Another 3 year cycle it seems. When I first started on this site I never ubderstood why it bothered Doehead so much. Now that I've been here for a bit I completely understand and agree. We need to get some newer teasers in the rotation, Many of the submitters of these old teasers have not even been on the site in 3+ years.
JQPublic*
Oct 10, 2012

Fun teaser!
cutebugAus**
Oct 10, 2012

I agree w/ HABS. Maybe that guy DOEHEAD was pretty smart after all.
Gwendalla*us*
Oct 10, 2012

Actually, I learned this a couple days ago in physics. And I was so excited to use my knowledge today! Well written. Danke!
iggy39Aus*
Oct 10, 2012

never would have guessed that



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