16 June 2006

Q: WHO’S FASTER, THE ROAD RUNNER OR SPEEDY GONZALES?


A: The world grinds to a halt awaiting an answer to this question. Oddly, the most obnoxious bird in the Mojave and the fastest mouse in Mehico have yet to face off.

They raced in the 1965 short “The Wild Chase,” but archenemies Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester hopped a rocket and beat ’em both to the finish line. Forget that the roadrunner preys on mice and would gobble Speedy up before he could say "olé!"

Medics who study the roadrunner (a flightless member of the cuckoo family) and garden variety mouse suspect that the rodent isn’t up to speed and place their bets on the bird. “Roadrunners clock an average 15 miles per hour, while mice can only run two or three miles per hour,” says PV2 Craine, an avid reader ofAmerican Zoo and Aquarium Magazines. “Besides, Speedy’s sombrero would probably create some drag and slow him down even more.” C’mon, bradda that’s just plain silly.

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