The driver does nothing.
The driver does nothing.
Exactly. He’s burned two miles’ worth of fuel. He doesn’t need to.
That’s a better answer than mine. I thought it would be that if the bird had hovered over the truck without effect, there would be no harm in it’s landing on it: the truck had already supported the bird’s weight through the column of air between bird and truck. They sure are precise with those weight limits!
I figured he’d be ok because of fuel burned. He’s only 20 tons, so that’s a pretty light load for a semi, and I’ve never seen a straight truck haul livestock. That would be less that a third of a load for a semi, so it would get pretty good mileage (for a semi). I’ve seen reports of dead head fuel mileage of between 7 and 9 mpg. At 9 mpg and about 7 lbs per gallon, he should be able to handle a little more than a pound and a half.
Of course it’s the fuel. I edited that out of what I originally posted. I assumed 20 mpg.
It could also be methane from the animals.
No one even knows the weight limit of a 4 mile long bridge made out of bamboo and hemp, because no one’s ever built one.
20 mpg in a truck? Is the bridge downhill that way? You won’t get that in a super duty diesel pickup truck, let alone a class 9 truck hauling something!
Jeepers H. Christ on a bicycle! It’s called using a conservative estimate. That way no one can say “what if the truck got better mileage?” The Puzzler is NOT REAL. No one would drive a 20 ton truck over a bridge made of bamboo.
No need to get your panties in a bunch. I’d disagree that it’s a conservative estimate. I’d call it an erroneous estimate. I think a conservative estimate must still fall within the boundaries of what is realistic. I don’t know what kind of mileage we get with the semis on my father’s farm, but I know the two new F250’s don’t come close to 20 even when they’re not hauling anything.
Just mirroring your tone. No harm meant. How about “wildly conservative”?
"I think a conservative estimate must still fall within the boundaries of what is realistic."
In the same way that a four mile long bridge made of bamboo and hemp that can support a load of 20 tons is realistic? That squirming sound you hear is monkeys trying to fly out of my butt. Party on, Garth.
The truth is I picked 20 miles a gallon to make the math easier. I know roughly what a tenth of a gallon weighs and I didn’t want to look up the weight of a sparrow.
To reiterate: THE PUZZLER IS NOT REAL.
He could pee in a bottle and toss it out the window
No solution like that works because the extra weight is already on the car. Unless he sees the bird coming from a distance, decides to whiz in a bottle and throws it out before the bird lands, that’s a non-starter.