Originally posted by Lexus2. Gravity effects you less than I, so while we fall as fast, I accelerate faster and carry more momentum while falling. Any heavier and you might have really injured yourself.
Isn't this wrong? Two objects of different size dropped from the same height at the same time will hit the ground at the same speed at the same time, right? A heavier object will have more energy due to more mass, but it won't be moving any faster. Isn't that what I learned in high school physics?
(Note: Sorry if this thread's too old for a reply, but I got behind on reading skimming the Wrestling forum and this post brought on questions.)
That's exactly what you learned in high school physics (and it what I'm eventually going to teach on a daily basis. Damned misconceptions). Two objects falling have the same acceleration, regardless of mass. They will hit the ground at the same time. Of course, this is ideally, in a vacuum. Paper floats and falls slower than a bowling ball because of air resistance. Crumple up a piece of paper, and watch it and the bowling ball hit at the exact same time. In the above case, I would say that air resistance is negligible, and basically the only thing that matters is how you land, where on your body you land, and if you have a lot of cushioning in your ass and gut. Ideally, the more spread out your body is, the more force is distributed, the less you wreck yourself.
Of course, due to momenta and forces, the more massive object has more changes done to it when it finally hits the ground. Hence, the more damage done to either the object or the ground of a heavier object.
But always remember that the acceleration due to gravity on an object on earth is around 9.8 m/s/s, no matter how massive the object is. Gravity always acts the same on everybody. More massive objects only accelerate faster if there is a significant amount of air resistance. That really only applies to falling large distances, not 6-7 feet.
End of lesson.
(edited by Roy. on 21.6.04 1358) Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.
Yours truly has taken a couple of bumps as ringside cameraguy for ACW-NWA Wisconsin. Here's the list:
4.) Slapped in the face by heel commentator Matt Byron during a 2001 (maybe 2002) taping. He was part of the heel faction "Club Elite," who in cahoots with fed owner Superstar Mike Mercury, had seized power, killed the TV show I was instrumental in putting on the air, and ran down me and my video crew (the A2NWO) at every turn. We got into a shouting match, and SMACK! The impact nearly knocked me down, and then I nearly went after him, but was restrained by others. Totally storyline spots, but weren't planned at all...we improv'd the whole thing. Good post-show locker room reax from the boys.
3.) Start of a 2003 taping...we were using the ring steps as a staircase down from the entrance stage to the arena floor. A folding chair served as ring steps then, and as I was getting a shot of the ring announcer heading to, uh, the ring to start the show, I totally tripped over backwards onto the chair, then the floor. Hard cam on the video shows me falling out of frame...d'oh! Broke the zoom on the camera, so I had to move closer to the wrestlers for close-up shots. That becomes important later...
2.) Maximum Detention 2000 at UWGB: Planned spot taped for TV. Sam Hayne (wrestler w/ somewhat Satanic gimmick) had his valet stolen from him by Dino Bambino (hardcore yet lucha guy w/ no hood) during a TV title tourney match, causing him to lose. Hayne storms into the locker room after the match, enraged, looking for Dino. He finds only me, pushing a laundry cart. He gives me the GREEN MIST OF DOOM! (his idea, and I contributed the rest): slams me face-first into the lockers, tosses me upside-down into the laundry cart, and runs it the length of the locker room into the far wall. "You're next, Bambino!" he yells into the cameras...as I lay there in pain. Good TV.
And the #1 bump of all time by The Thrill...
1.) I think it was March Mayhem 2003...remember that broken zoom on my camera? So we've got a hardcore match between two "Italians" and former tag partners, involving even a Barbra Streisand album. The heel grabs a pool cue, rears back to clock the face, and...ends up whacking me legit right above the eye with it. It happens on a wide shot, but my camera's shotgun mic picks up the "WHACK!" Video goes to me spinning around and static breakup, then back to hardcam...where you see me collapsed in a heap. The shot legit knocked me goofy for about 2 seconds, after which I kinda came to, and the first thing I thought was: "I better sell this, or the crowd'll shit all over the hardcore match." So I sold the injury, and a buddy of mine (and former member of our video crew) took over for the rest of the match, until I was "recovered" enough to resume my duties. I got a lot of respect from the locker room for that one...even from guys who've worked WWE TV matches.
And that's my history of bumping.
Star wipe, and...we're out. Thrillin' ain't easy.
THE THRILL ACW-NWA Wisconsin Home Video Technical Director...& A2NWO 4 Life! (Click the big G or here to hear the Packers Fight Song in RealAudio...or try .AU, .WAV or .MIDI!)
OK, Thrill's the winner in the wrestling-related category, hands down!
In the non-wrestling, clumsy-ass realm ... well, just trust me ... try avoid the inadvertant back bump onto the rocks. :-) (Scripps Trauma, San Diego, highly recommended. Patched me up damn near good as new! See also here (The W).)