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170,000 furlongs per fortnight is about nine-tenths as fast as a Knuckleball (baseball)
In other words, it's 0.940 times the speed of a Knuckleball (baseball), and the speed of a Knuckleball (baseball) is 1.10 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.
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