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The 11 Fastest Things That Have Ever Happened On Earth

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1. Fastest Land Animal

Cheetahs can run after unlucky SOBs at speeds up to 61 mph.
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Cheetahs can run after unlucky SOBs at speeds up to 61 mph.

2. Fastest Car Chase

British police chased a speedy bank robber driving at speeds up to 180 mph. For 65 MILES!
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British police chased a speedy bank robber driving at speeds up to 180 mph. For 65 MILES!

3. Fastest Tap Dancer

Anthony Morigerato gets the fastest tap dancing record, clocking in at 1,163 taps in one minute. Happy feet? Yes. Very happy.
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Anthony Morigerato gets the fastest tap dancing record, clocking in at 1,163 taps in one minute. Happy feet? Yes. Very happy.

4. Fastest Bird

Peregrine falcons can fly upwards of 200 mph. DO NOT KIDNAP ONE OF THEIR EGGS OR YOU WILL REGRET IT, OK?
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Peregrine falcons can fly upwards of 200 mph. DO NOT KIDNAP ONE OF THEIR EGGS OR YOU WILL REGRET IT, OK?

5. Fastest Rapper

Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers aka Slim Shady aka HOW ARE YOU DOING THAT?!) set the world record for most words in a song with his aptly named single “Rap God,” clocking in four words a chicka chicka chicka slim second.
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Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers aka Slim Shady aka HOW ARE YOU DOING THAT?!) set the world record for most words in a song with his aptly named single “Rap God,” clocking in four words a chicka chicka chicka slim second.

6. Fastest Texter

It’s no surprise that the world record for fastest texter belongs to a teenager: 17 year-old Marcel Fernandes Filho from Brazil. Marcel can type a 26-word message perfectly in 18.19 seconds!
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It’s no surprise that the world record for fastest texter belongs to a teenager: 17 year-old Marcel Fernandes Filho from Brazil. Marcel can type a 26-word message perfectly in 18.19 seconds!

7. Fastest Knitter

If you want a sweater, and fast, call Miriam Tegels. Her speed? 118 stitches per minute.
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If you want a sweater, and fast, call Miriam Tegels. Her speed? 118 stitches per minute.

8. Fastest Train

The maglev bullet train can travel up to 374 mph. At its fastest, the train covers a mile in 10 seconds. Able to carry just over 900 passengers per trip, it levitates above the tracks using electromagnets. The result? A super-fast and practically frictionless ride...that is slightly terrifying.
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The maglev bullet train can travel up to 374 mph. At its fastest, the train covers a mile in 10 seconds. Able to carry just over 900 passengers per trip, it levitates above the tracks using electromagnets. The result? A super-fast and practically frictionless ride...that is slightly terrifying.

9. Fastest Particle

All right. The Tachyon particle can travel faster than the speed of light. Literally. We can all go home.
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All right. The Tachyon particle can travel faster than the speed of light. Literally. We can all go home.

10. Fastest Water Speed

Ken Warby holds the record for water speed, at 275.97 knots (or 317.58 mph). He was in an unlimited-class jet-powered hydroplane Spirit of Australia on Blowering Dam Lake, New South Wales, Australia. Can't you just picture his face flapping in the wind now?
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Ken Warby holds the record for water speed, at 275.97 knots (or 317.58 mph). He was in an unlimited-class jet-powered hydroplane Spirit of Australia on Blowering Dam Lake, New South Wales, Australia. Can't you just picture his face flapping in the wind now?

11. Fastest Skateboarding Dog

Jumpy the Dog holds the record for the fastest 100 m on a skateboard. His time was 19.65 seconds. NOT SO JUMPY AFTER ALL, EH?
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Jumpy the Dog holds the record for the fastest 100 m on a skateboard. His time was 19.65 seconds. NOT SO JUMPY AFTER ALL, EH?

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