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May 04 2012

The Physics of The Hulk's Jump. "If The Hulk were just like a normal human, but bigger, he would have the same value for a1 as a normal human. However, I think for The Hulk, he is a bit bulkier than a human. Let me just say that for The Hulk, his ratio is 1.25a1."

Is the 'The' in the Hulk's name always capitalised? Can't say I've noticed that in all the years that I've been reading about the character. Sure, when the 'the' is at the start of a sentence, or when you're referring to the title of the comic book, then there's a capital 'T' but otherwise I'm pretty sure it's just 'the' Hulk.

As for the rest, it does amuse me when real world scientists try to apply real world physics to the actions and powers of comic book heroes. When you're talking about a world where the natural laws of physics rarely apply, where magic is an accepted reality and where adamantium, vibranium, unstable molecules, Pym particles and the X-gene are everyday things, whether or not the Hulk should be able to jump as high as he does seems kinda small potatoes on the 'could it really happen' scale, I'd say.

Besides, the guy has gamma-irradiated blood! What else do you need to know? ;)
I always took it as an official title or designation, so the capitalized "The" is accurate. Maybe you're right, Five Horizons and it's just meant to be capitalized on the cover or when Hulkie is getting referred to at the beginning of a sentence...hmmm

:P
I thought the Blade movies did superhuman jumps well. To see it done realistically would be ridiculous. Instead, the action is shown at a different speed (not bullet-time but still slow), from a strange angle, and the viewer's mind fills in the missing pieces.

Same deal with superheroes throwing things. Arm speed determines how far something is thrown, more than brute strength. An Olympic shot-putter cannot throw a baseball farther than a major league pitcher. (Could throw a much heavier object farther, though.) When a super-strong character tosses something a mile away, the arm speed necessary would invoke laughter if it was done realistically in the movies.

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