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Have You Seen This? Man brilliantly risks life and limb on treadmill for science

By John Clyde, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Jul. 3, 2020 at 3:44 p.m.

THE SCIENCE LAB — I have never been a particularly bright human being, but I've always been fascinated by science.

How do they get a rocket and humans into space? How did they figure out how to safely do brain surgery? How do they make Totino's Pizza Rolls so delicious? These are all questions I would have loved to figure out on my own because science is awesome.

Sadly, my brain is only smart enough to figure out what words to put in an article, making sure I'm not constantly using the same word, in an effort to make said article fascinating when you read it. And sometimes I get the feeling I'm not even that good at that.

Regarless, science is awesome, and this video highlights the kind of science I find both fascinating and accessible.

Theo Shantonas decided to find out at what speed does sitting in a laundry basket on a moving treadmill start producing diminishing returns? His video findings show that 5 mph is where things start going downhill, there is a weird black hole of small success at 7 mph, and then trying 10 mph is just stupid and shouldn't be attempted.

In the video, Theo holds his own for a few miles an hour, but the landings look tricky from the get-go. He almost nails that 7 mph attempt but runs out of landing strip.

I also appreciate that Theo practiced proper safety with the helmet, but I’m not sure why he ditched it at the higher velocities. Maybe for aerodynamics? Again, I’m not a scientist like Theo.

Thanks for all your hard work, Theo, and for sharing your brilliant mind with all of us. Humanity will forever be grateful — or at least I will be.

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