Physicists: Batman's Cape Not Safe For Gliding

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Fri, Jul 13th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to physicists at the University of Leicester, Bruce Wayne's Batman cape, while stylish, would not be sufficient enough to help him glide to earth safely without experiencing the same effects as being hit by a car at about 80km/h.

The tragic findings, published in the university's Journal of Special Physics Topics by four final-year masters students, conclude: "Clearly gliding using a batcape is not a safe way to travel, unless a method to rapidly slow down is used, such as a parachute."

The proposed parachute would surely diminish the impact of Batman's stylish flourish when he flicks the cape aside on landing -- not to mention, detract from the terror it instills in enemies when he goes for the full wing span, narrow-eyed bat impersonation, pre-attack.

Nevertheless, the physics is undeniable.

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