10 Outrageous Cartoon Moments That Use Real Physics

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Why Bugs Bunny Is Spectacular

Why Bugs Bunny Is Spectacular

When you ask people who their favorite cartoon character is they'll often say Bugs Bunny. HowStuffWorks and the Drawn podcast explain why that's so.

Author's Note: 10 Outrageous Cartoon Moments That Use Real Physics

I always learn a lot when I research and write a HowStuffWorks article, but this one was a serious crash course in physics. I'd understood a lot of these physical laws on a conceptual level, but really drilling down and looking at the formulas gave me a much deeper understanding. I was knee-deep in calculating Superman's pulling force on the inclined plane at one point, but had to cut that out because it was too long. I got a lot of help from my wife, who is a high school physics teacher.

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