Do you think there’s a limit
to world records?
This is truly my question for the day. Every time the Olympics rolls around (which is every two years to you people who live under rocks), (but I guess if you live under a rock, you’re probably not reading this blog), (so never mind), I wonder if there’s ever going to be a time that world records simply cannot be beat.
(Why yes this gem of a post is what I’ve come up with after a week’s absence. Blame it on either my writer’s block or my Michael Phelps/Olympic obsession.)
Think far, far into the future, like when we’re all driving around cars that fly and wearing shiny silver outfits and it’s always dark and robots cook and clean for us. (Which is how I assume everyone sees the future, right?) Isn’t there going to be a time when we cannot go any humanly faster. Let’s look at swimming as an example. Right now, world records are set by shaving mere milliseconds off of previous times. Occasionally, a swimmer is able to beat a previous world record by a whole second.
I can fathom how seconds and deciseconds and centiseconds and milliseconds can be shaved from previous records. New swimsuit technology and advances in technique can all help with beating world records. I get that. What I can’t fathom, though, is how eventually people could possibly shave even one more millisecond off of a time. It simply is not possible for a swimmer to complete the 100 meter butterfly in 10 seconds. Or even one minute. Barring of course, the IOC allowing jet engines to be surgically implanted in swimmer’s rear ends to help propel them.
So do you think there’s a limit? Will world records ever stop being broken?
My brain hurts now.
Well actually it really is the end…at least for me and Haiku Friday. I’ve decided to stop hosting Haiku Friday with Christina, though I plan to be a participant occasionally. It’s very difficult and stressful to post every single Friday on demand, so I’m going to eliminate this stress.
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