Do you know what the fastest creature on two legs is? Weirdly enough, it’s not the road runner! We’re busting up these cartoon myths portrayed as fact in our new Fun Fact Friday post.
Facts: According to 10,000 Birds the Road Runner can run up to 20 mph, still faster than most birds, but coyotes can reach speeds of 43 mph. However, Road Runners are masters at ducking and weaving AND can also fly. So chances are, a coyote would have a pretty rough time actually catching one for dinner. Silly coyotes.
Myth: The Tasmanian Devil tears through the lush, thick jungles of Tasmania causing stampedes and devouring all manners of species including “tigers, lions, elephants, buffaloes, donkeys, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, octopuses, moose, and ducks.”
Fact:The Tasmanian devil, despite what Looney Tunes depicts, doesn’t travel via mini-tornadoes through jungle, snarling and spitting, but IS “notoriously cantankerous” and “will fly into a maniacal rage when threatened.” These marsupials are in fact strictly carnivorous, according to National Geographic, and feed on small mammals, snakes, fish, and insects.
Myth: Popeye the Sailor Man’s source of strength and huge muscles came from guzzling spinach.
Fact: Spinach is still good for you, but maybe not as good as you think. This myth is first in a line of what scientists call “Super Myths.” In 1870, a German study proclaimed spinach to have as much iron as a steak. Almost a hundred years later it was realized that this error was due to a misplaced decimal point making it appear spinach is extremely iron rich and caused a few generations of confusion.
By the way, the fastest animal on two legs is an ostrich. Happy Friday!