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magnus67
934246.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:50 am Reply with quote

the strongest animal is not an ant or bacteria. that is ignoring simple physics. strength increases with cross sectional area and weight with volume. so an ant the size of a man would not be able to stand on its legs let alone lift anything. and bacteria... well you do the math.

 
Efros
934255.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:38 am Reply with quote

Well bacteria aren't classed as animals for one thing.

The strength being alluded to when one says that an ant is stronger than a man is scaled. It very much depends on your definition of strength.

 
gruff5
934265.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:00 am Reply with quote

that's an interesting perspective, magnus. It's always seemed v artificial to compare the strength of an ant (or the jumping height of a flea) by scaling them up to the size of a man.

I find it rather more interesting that a male chimpanzee (about the same weight as a man?) can have the arm strength of eight men combined.

 
Efros
934276.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:58 am Reply with quote

Ask any regular of the Mended Drum about the comparative strengths of Librarian versus man.

 
sally carr
934277.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:00 am Reply with quote

But whatever you do, don't use the M word!

 
Bondee
934363.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:20 am Reply with quote

magnus67 wrote:
the strongest animal is not an ant


Have you ever tried arm wrestling an ant?

 
mckeonj
934365.  Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:36 am Reply with quote

Maybe dec does?

 
gruff5
934515.  Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:35 am Reply with quote

I thought ants were 'armless ?

 
Alfred E Neuman
934521.  Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:59 am Reply with quote

Some are, others are army ants.

 
gruff5
934769.  Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:29 am Reply with quote

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