From the beginning of time we have dedicated countless hours to making everything from our food to our spaceships go just a little bit faster. We are obsessed with speed, and even the rate at which we break our own records is astounding. So get reading. Fast! By the time you reach the bottom of this page our list of the fastest things known to man will probably be outdated.
20. Fastest Roller Coaster
Jazon88 At a top speed of 150mph the recently constructed Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster. It is located at Ferrari World in Abu Dubai, United Arab Emirates and reaches its top speed in less than 5 seconds using a hydraulic launch system.
15. Fastest Woman
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games In 1988 American Florenc Griffith-Joyner ran the 100m dash in 10.49 seconds, a record that is yet to be broken. Granted, there has been some controversy over the measurement, but the Association of Track and Field Statisticians has let the record stand.
10. Fastest Boat
Wikimedia The World Unlimited Water Speed Record is the officially recognized fastest speed achieved by a water-borne vehicle. It is currently held by the Spirit of Australia that topped out at 318 mph (511 km/h) on Blowering Dam in 1978.
5. Fastest Tornado
Wikimedia Technically when we say “fastest tornado” we are referring to the wind speed, not forward motion. With that said, the fastest wind speed on record was measured in an F5 tornado near Oklahoma City in 1999. The speeds exceeded 300 mph (484 km/h). On the Fujita scale this means it was barely scraping an F6 and no tornado has ever been classified as an F6.
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