Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Apr. 28, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Good morning, here's some UFO math:

"The object was 40 ft long and [went] from 28k feet to sea-level in 0.8 seconds. This means it was capable of achieving a velocity of at least 23,864 mph, which is 31x the speed of sound—and 20x faster than a F-18" 

The difference in speed between a horse and an F-18 is 22x. So, roughly, the UFO was to a 21st century supersonic jet what a supersonic jet would have been to 11th century transportation technology.

somewhere around here was the part where I realized I needed to stop having three cups of coffee in the morning

you, when your boss says "you appear to be here and not here, at the same time":

"i might be using more spatial dimensions than the 3 you're used to"

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