The Science Behind The Easter Bunny

The Science Behind The Easter Bunny

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Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 8.36.07 PMThe Easter bunny, as prolific a symbol of Easter as Santa a symbol of Christmas. The tradition of the Easter Bunny dates back to more than 100 years ago. The idea has not changed much either. The Easter Bunny hops around on Easter laying colored hard-boiled eggs or artificial ones filled with candy or money. But how feasible is this? So far no known species of rabbits lay eggs, but there are an estimated 6.6 million undiscovered species. However out of the 6.6 million species most of them probably are plants and microorganisms, but there are a few hundred estimated species of mammals that are undiscovered. There are a few mammals that lay eggs, the platypus and echidnas. So, a very large platypus-rabbit-potentially human hybrid could pull that off. Secondly the Easter bunny originated in Germany, this means that countries with German or British roots have an Easter bunny. These countries include The UK, Germany, Canada, The US, New Zealand, and Australia. In those countries the combined population of children under 14 is roughly 96,710,000. In the UK the average number of eggs given to each child is 8.8. If we use this data for all the other countries, that means that 851,048,000 Easter eggs are laid by the Easter bunny on Easter. That’s pretty amazing. Considering the time change the Easter Bunny would have 36 hours to lay all 851,048,000 eggs. That’s 23,640,000 eggs per hour or 394,000 eggs per minute/ 6,566 eggs per second! The average population density of the countries previously listed is 92.5 people per sq. Km. If you take this number and multiply it by the average percentage of children in the population (17%), you get an average of 16 children per sq. kilometer. This means that to Deliver eggs to all 96,710,000 kids the Easter bunny would have to hop around 6,044,375 km (considering the circumference of the earth is 40,000 km, the Easter bunny could hop around the world 150 times)! That’s 167,900 km per hour! The fastest rabbits can run at 72 km/h. At 167,900 km/h that’s way over the top speed of the fastest manmade object, the new horizons probe at 58,536 km/h! Now to calculate the force of the Easter Bunny we need find the mass of the eggs. The average hard boiled egg has a mass between 50 – 75 grams. Since the Easter bunny is pretty big the eggs are probably on the larger side. At 75 grams a piece 851,048,000 eggs would weigh 63,763,600,000 grams or 63,763,600 kilos. With that now we can calculate force. With an acceleration rate of 0 to 167,900 km/h in 1 second the acceleration is 46,639 m/s^2. Now we can calculate force. Since f=ma, our force would be 2,973,870,540,400 N. This is a immense amount of force (the space shuttle has 3,900,000 N at launch)! G-force = force (N) divided by mass (63,763,600 kilos). This means the Easter Bunny is under 46,639 G’s! I’m not sure how many G’s a bunny can take, but humans can take 178 G’s max. Finally as many of you who have heard my scientific analysis of Santa, you may have inferred that the Easter Bunny would most likely catch on fire in a fiery ball of flames from the air resistance. In conclusion if some new jumbo-giant extreme colored hard-boiled egg laying rabbit-platypus-rodent was discovered who could travel at super fast record breaking speeds and had some sort of natural heat shield, then yes our eggs were delivered just as planned!

 

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