Elkhorn Nebraska Water TowerPosted: October 31, 2011
Yesterday, my brother suggested that the Elkhorn Nebraska water tower looked like a giant golf ball on a tee. Here it is now:
Then we had the following bizarre discussion:
If the water tower actually was a golf ball on a tee and you became a giant (to scale) with a giant’s driver (a golf club), how far could you hit that ball?
For simplicity (my specialty), we assumed the water tower’s diameter is 100 feet, a golf ball’s diameter is 2 inches, your average drive as a non-giant is 250 yards, and a mile is 1,500 yards.
So how far could a giant drive the giant golf ball?
What club would you use to hit it east and just clear the Missouri River? Assume 20 miles from the teeing ground to the River.
What width and and depth would be the Missouri River from the giant’s perspective?
If Kearney, Nebraska was a Par 4, what would be your first two shots?
Yeah, lots of arithmetic.
I expect SAR and DK to be neck-and-neck down the stretch.
EDIT: DK told me he needed answers–not questions. OK, the answer to Question 1 is 100 miles.
Now get down to some arithmetic, you lazy so and so’s.