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How fast is 40,000 furlongs per fortnight?

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It's about one-third as fast as a Greyhound
In other words, 40,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.3310 times the speed of a Greyhound, and the speed of a Greyhound is 3.02 times that amount.
(a.k.a. English greyhound) (approximate maximum speed)
Greyhounds reach average race speeds of 121,000 furlongs per fortnight. Despite their racing prowess, greyhounds are not considered energetic dogs — the typical greyhound race requires the dogs to run for less than 35 seconds.
It's about three-tenths as fast as a Gazelle
In other words, the speed of a Gazelle is 3 times 40,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(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 three-tenths as fast as a Hare
In other words, the speed of a Hare is 3 times 40,000 furlongs per fortnight.
(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 three-and-a-half times as fast as Michael Phelps
In other words, 40,000 furlongs per fortnight is 3.42460 times the speed of Michael Phelps, and the speed of Michael Phelps is 0.2920 times that amount.
(at the Beijing Olympics, 2008; 200 m freestyle) (a.k.a. Michael Fred Phelps) (swimmer; 1985-)
Setting a world record, Michael Phelps swam the 200 m freestyle in 1:42.96 for an average speed of 11,680 furlongs per fortnight. Phelps would go on to win nine gold medals individually in the 2008 Olympics - more than all but eight of the competing nations.
It's about one-fifth as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
In other words, 40,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.220 times the speed of a Knuckleball (baseball), and the speed of a Knuckleball (baseball) is 4.50 times that amount.
(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 one-fifth as fast as a Cheetah
In other words, 40,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.21680 times the speed of a Cheetah, and the speed of a Cheetah is 4.6130 times that amount.
(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 one-fifth as fast as a Hurricane
In other words, 40,000 furlongs per fortnight is 0.2010 times the speed of a Hurricane, and the speed of a Hurricane is 4.980 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.