caption contest, man chased by hippo

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This week’s caption contest is late, yet I make no apologies.  (And I’ll forewarn you that the next one or two might be late also, because of some major impending changes.)  Regardless of all that, here is a picture for you to figure out.  A man is being chased by a hippopotamus.  What might he be thinking?  What could he have done to get in this predicament?  What should he do to escape this peril?

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  1. Cow tipping does not translate well to wild animals. Mainly because there’s no fences beyond which the cow stops chasing you.

      • Momentum? That’s all there is to it? So if I get fatter (more mass = more momentum) then I could run faster? Is that how it works? No offense, but that seems contrary to the laws of physics. You need to show your math before I can believe you.

      • Yep, speed increases as a factor of mass and number of legs. As you approach the Mass Per Leg threshold, your speed increases. But once you exceed the MPL, your speed decreases.

        For some examples:
        Ants are very light, but have a high number of legs. And they are very slow.
        As we’ve seen hippos are fairly large, but with a moderate number of legs. And they’re fairly speedy. Take a human of that size, and they’d barely be able to move. But add some robotic legs to the human, and they’re mobile again.

        It goes without saying that the secret to faster than light travel is a 500,000 ton elephant, with between 1,400 and 1,500 legs.

      • I realize you stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and must think you know everything, but your examples still don’t pass muster.

        Adding robotic legs to anything could theoretically make it faster, if the mechanics are sufficiently advanced.

        A 500,000 ton elephant would sink into the Earth… that’s what, a billion pounds? How can that possibly not exceed your MPL (which you failed to specify, BTW). Are you just pulling this info from your butt?

  2. Since dude obviously can’t outrun a hippo, do you think farting in his face would be a good strategy? Would the hippo get distracted or more angry?

  3. Who came up with the word hippopotamus? Is it supposed to somehow describe a hippo? If you didn’t know what one looked like, what would you expect it to look like by just the name? Weird stuff…

  4. On July 11th, 2003, while gathering coprolite samples in the upper canopy of a kapok tree in the forbidding Cordillera Apolobamba range on the Bolivian/Peruvian border, I flung some poop over my shoulder, hitting this hippo. His response was as you might expect…

  5. Do not try this at home! (Ironically, I’ve heard there is a family who keeps a pet hippo in the house… seems like a bad idea for many reasons, like when it runs, plus the tail-spinning poop-flinging — which would be cool to see, from a distance; imagine that happening in your house!)

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