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13th Dec '17 9:56:04 PM PaulA
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** Imagine how slow sauropods would have been due to their gigantic sizes. The ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' animators found that ''Diplodocus'' would have to keep three feet on the ground at all times or they would trip over while designing early models.

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** Imagine how slow sauropods would have been due to their gigantic sizes. The ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' animators found that ''Diplodocus'' would have to keep three feet on the ground at all times or they would trip over while designing early models.
13th Dec '17 8:53:27 PM AaronOfMpls
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* Exploitation of the cube squared law was the driving factor of the race to build the largest luxury liners that dominated ship builing from the late 1800s to the 1930s. As a liner's six increases the the amount of free space to devote to more rooms (and thus more paying passengers) increases much faster than need to expand both common rooms and machinery necessary to propel the ship.However this was also a driving factor behind the Titanic Disaster. Laws at the time required life boats based off of Tonnage ratter than total number of people the ship carrier. The proportions specified in the law were calculated assuming much smaller vessels which meant far less efficient use of tonnage. When super ships like the Titanic rolled around the laws requirements for lifeboats were horribly behind actual passenger capacity.

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* Exploitation of the cube squared law was the driving factor of the race to build the largest luxury liners that dominated ship builing from the late 1800s to the 1930s. As a liner's six increases size increases, the the amount of free space to devote to more rooms (and thus more paying passengers) increases much faster than need to expand both common rooms and machinery necessary to propel the ship.ship. However this was also a driving factor behind the Titanic Disaster. Laws at the time required life boats lifeboats based off of Tonnage ratter tonnage rather than total number of people the ship carrier. carried. The proportions specified in the law were calculated assuming much smaller vessels vessels, which meant far less efficient use of tonnage. When super ships like the Titanic rolled around around, the laws law's requirements for lifeboats were horribly behind actual passenger capacity.



** Replace cubes and squares with cylinders and circles and you have the driving factor behind the dreadnought race in the prelude to WWI. The difference between a twelve inch gun and a fourteen inch gun doesn't sound like that much but it equates to a much larger heavier shell. The heavier the shell the more explosives it holds and the more armor it can punch through. So every time one nation came out with a battleship that could tote guns even half an inch bigger than the previous ship, all the other nations had to make a ship with the armor to withstand that firepower armed with equally large guns. This process was so vicious and rapid that many battleships were considered obsolete before they were launched.

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** Replace cubes and squares with cylinders and circles and you have the driving factor behind the dreadnought race in the prelude to WWI. The difference between a twelve inch gun and a fourteen inch gun doesn't sound like that much but it equates to a much larger larger, heavier shell. The heavier the shell shell, the more explosives it holds holds, and the more armor it can punch through. So every time one nation came out with a battleship that could tote guns even half an inch bigger than the previous ship, all the other nations had to make a ship with the armor to withstand that firepower armed with equally large guns. This process was so vicious and rapid that many battleships were considered obsolete before they were launched.
12th Nov '17 7:57:51 PM RaygunJustice
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* There was a short story which played with this concept; among other things, a supervillain unleashes an army of giant ants on a city. The ants are all killed, but someone realizes that in order for the creatures to support their own weight, their legs would have to made of some incredible super-strong wonder-substance. They harvest the substance and are able to reproduce it. It turns out this was villain's EvilPlan all along, as it causes the global steel industry to collapse overnight. The villain ends up ruling the world. Of course, if the ant attack actually worked, he wouldn't have complained. [[XanatosGambit Either way he'd win.]]
10th Nov '17 10:17:21 AM Eievie
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: ''When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier and its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier.''

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: :: ''When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier and its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier.''
10th Nov '17 10:17:09 AM Eievie
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''When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier and its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier.''

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: ''When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier and its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier.''
13th Oct '17 2:02:12 AM Trueman001
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** Early paleontologists believed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps, because they approach being too large to move under their own power without the buoyancy of water. But ScienceMarchesOn, and discoveries of new fossils or rethinking existing ones led to new schools of thought about dinosaur lifestyles, muscular and skeletal makeup, and even posture. Note that no land-dwelling dinosaurs were ever as large as certain sea creatures, though (except the near-legendary ''Amphicoelias fragilimus'').

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** Early paleontologists believed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps, because they approach being too large to move under their own power without the buoyancy of water. (One species, Stegosaurus, was actually named for the belief that it spent its life half-submerged; the Greek ''steganos'' meaning "hidden".) But ScienceMarchesOn, and discoveries of new fossils or rethinking existing ones led to new schools of thought about dinosaur lifestyles, muscular and skeletal makeup, and even posture. Note that no land-dwelling dinosaurs were ever as large as certain sea creatures, though (except the near-legendary ''Amphicoelias fragilimus'').
10th Sep '17 10:42:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''AnimalPlanet'' Animal Olympics played with the law. While they ignored the fact a human sized insect would be crushed by it's own weight, they did note that small animals have much more ''proportional strength''. So, a dung beetle the size of a human could lift many metric tons, while an elephant the size of a human could barely lift a fourth of it's now much smaller weight. The only reason why the insects didn't win all the events is because they often were either [[GoneHorriblyRight too good]] at their events (such as a flea that cleared the entire stadium completely) or too stupid to complete the event.

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* ''AnimalPlanet'' ''Creator/AnimalPlanet'' Animal Olympics played with the law. While they ignored the fact a human sized insect would be crushed by it's own weight, they did note that small animals have much more ''proportional strength''. So, a dung beetle the size of a human could lift many metric tons, while an elephant the size of a human could barely lift a fourth of it's now much smaller weight. The only reason why the insects didn't win all the events is because they often were either [[GoneHorriblyRight too good]] at their events (such as a flea that cleared the entire stadium completely) or too stupid to complete the event.
9th Sep '17 9:14:23 PM TroperNo9001
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* ''Webcomic/Archipelago'': Alice Pintur is a SizeShifter who can only change to smaller sizes than her normal (and she's not that tall to begin with). At first the villains laugh at her for this - especially compared with the other powers of the heirs - until it turns out that she keeps the same mass, making her stronger and tougher the smaller she gets. [[http://www.archipelagocomic.com/comic/?id=622 The first thing she does upon showing her power for the first time and becoming the size of a small child is crush a sword blade with one hand.]]

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* ''Webcomic/Archipelago'': ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'': Alice Pintur is a SizeShifter who can only change to smaller sizes than her normal (and she's not that tall to begin with). At first the villains laugh at her for this - especially compared with the other powers of the heirs - until it turns out that she keeps the same mass, making her stronger and tougher the smaller she gets. [[http://www.archipelagocomic.com/comic/?id=622 The first thing she does upon showing her power for the first time and becoming the size of a small child is crush a sword blade with one hand.]]
21st Aug '17 8:18:55 PM PaulA
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* In ''Creator/MercedesLackey's'' Valdemar books, it is stated that Gryphons can only fly because of magic--their wings are too small to lift a body with their mass. They were designed with special organs to gather and channel ambient magical energy, and in an area with little or no such, they can't fly.

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* In ''Creator/MercedesLackey's'' Valdemar [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]] books, it is stated that Gryphons can only fly because of magic--their wings are too small to lift a body with their mass. They were designed with special organs to gather and channel ambient magical energy, and in an area with little or no such, they can't fly.
6th Aug '17 3:08:01 AM Forenperser
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** The remakes, ''VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire'', introduce the Primal form of Groudon (the heaviest Pokemon to date), which weights just 300 grams short of a whole ''ton'', while only being 5 meters high.
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