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How fast is 180,000 furlongs per fortnight?

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It's about as fast as a Gazelle
(for Thomson's Gazelle, a.k.a. Eudorcas thomsoni, a.k.a. "Tommie", a.k.a. "Tommy")
A Thomson's gazelle can reach speeds of up to 100,000 furlongs per fortnight. The gazelle's speed doesn't match that of its chief predator, the cheetah, but a gazelle's endurance usually ensures an escape in distances greater than 500 m (0.3 mi).
It's about as fast as a Hare
(for European Brown Hare, a.k.a. Brown Hare, a.k.a. Lepus europaeus, a.k.a. Brown Hare)
The European Hare can run at speeds of up to 100,000 furlongs per fortnight. While speed is a factor in their escapes, hares evade their chief predators — wolves, foxes, and golden eagles — by fleeing in a zigzag pattern.
It's about as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
(a.k.a. knuckler, a.k.a. floater, a.k.a. dancer, a.k.a. butterfly ball) (major league average)
The average speed of major league knuckleball pitch is 180,000 furlongs per fortnight. Eddie Cicotte, who was later implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, is credited with developing the pitch ca. 1906.
It's about as fast as a Cheetah
In other words, the speed of a Cheetah is 1.025 times 180,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(Acinonyx jubatus)
The cheetah can reach speeds of up to 184,600 furlongs per fortnight in short bursts. From a crouching position, the cheetah can attain these speeds in just 2.25 seconds.
It's about nine-tenths as fast as a Hurricane
In other words, 180,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.9040 times the speed of a Hurricane, and the speed of a Hurricane is 1.110 times that amount.
(formally: Topical cyclone; a.k.a. typhoon)
A hurricane is defined by the US National Hurricane Center as a Northern Hemisphere tropical storm having one-minute average wind-speeds of at least 199,000 furlongs per fortnight. Typhoons Tip (October, 1979) and Keith (October, 1997) and Hurricanes Camille (August, 1969) and Allen (August, 1980) jointly hold the record for highest tropical storm wind speeds at 518,000 furlongs per fortnight.
It's about nine-tenths as fast as a Curveball (baseball)
In other words, 180,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.880 times the speed of a Curveball (baseball), and the speed of a Curveball (baseball) is 1.10 times that amount.
(a.k.a. hook, a.k.a. hammer, a.k.a. yakker) (major league average)
The average speed of major league curveball pitch is 200,000 furlongs per fortnight. In the 1940's, debate over whether there really was a curve in the curveball pitch was settled with the conclusion that the ball does curve; however, an optical illusion caused by the spin of the ball and the batter's perception of motion exaggerates the extent of the curve.
It's about three-fourths as fast as a Fastball (baseball)
In other words, the speed of a Fastball (baseball) is 1.40 times 180,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(a.k.a. rising fastball, a.k.a. cross-seam fastball, a.k.a. heater, a.k.a. hummer, a.k.a. smoker; for four-seam grip) (major league average)
The average speed of major league fastball pitch is 250,000 furlongs per fortnight. When up against the quickest professional fastball pitchers, a batter may have less than 0.4 seconds to react to a pitched ball.