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Not really a fictional calc for any scaling, but just for fun. In this video an Asian Elephant kicks a soccer ball into a bystander's face with enough force to knock the poor soul flying back. So, what did this elephant really pull off? While obviously not anything to be impressed with considering this animal's real power, this should be fun.

So, how far did the ball travel? Well, while it was at a slight angle, we can get a general estimation of about how far the ball went. The average height of an Indian man (assuming the location is what I think it is) is 164.7 centimeters for the age range of 20-49 according to this source. Using Paint.net to scale, the man is 34 pixels. While his legs are bent, he should be representing approximately the average height. Using this, we get that each pixel is 4.8441 centimeters tall. The Elephant is 57 pixels tall at its back, which yields 2.7611 meters, or around 9.0587 feet, which is consistent with the Elephant's height as documented through other sources.

With this baseline for a consistent height, we can now measure how far the ball went.

Elephant Victim

The Victim

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So, that is the one who gets nailed. Lets find out more, shall we? To get a more accurate distance, I will be drawing a triangle to more effectively calculate how far the ball traveled. This will eliminate errors from an odd angle or not-so-perfect sketching. Leg b of the triangle is 577 pixels long, while leg a is 140 pixels tall. This gives a hypotenuse of 593.74 pixels in length. If we plug that into our original value of pixel size, we can get the resulting distance.

Elephant kick

The scaling

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593.74 * 4.8441 = 2876.1359 centimeters/ 28.7614 meters

To solve for speed we need a timeframe. This is much easier. The average time for 10 timed trials was 1.002 seconds; almost exactly one second.

28.7614 / 1.002 = 28.7040 m/s, Superhuman attack speed.

The Damage! Using the KE forumla of KE = 1/2m*v^2, we can input that mass of a soccer ball (which is a low ball, considering that that soccer ball is probably larger than normal) at 0.43 kg and our known value of 28.7040 m/s, we get a nice result of 177.1427 joules. Athlete level.

To put that in perspective a trained Karate punch yields around 150 joules. That ball carried around 1.1809 times the power of that kind of punch. Freaking ouch. It is certainly understandable why she flew back given the results!

Final Tally:

Elephant projectile speed: 28.7040 m/s, Superhuman attack speed

Ball Kinetic Energy: 177.1427 joules, 10-A or Athlete level+

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