BECAUSE I HAVE NO LIFE AND THIS IS REALLY BOTHERING ME…
The prevailing theory on Tumblr on how Sherlock survived the fall was that he managed to land in a laundry truck.
Benedict Cumberbatch is 1.84 meters tall and by using his body you can measure how far from the building he would have had to jump to make it into the truck. Roughly 7.32 meters.
Sherlock is standing on the Pathological Department of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Google Street View shows what appears to be Routemaster double-decker buses which are 4.38 meters tall. The building therefore is roughly 14.6 meters.
You can use Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the distance which is 16.33 meters. FYI: The World Record for men’s long jump is 8.95 meters and that was done with a running start. Sherlock flopped over the edge with no horizontal directional speed. I don’t think it’s possible for the laundry truck theory.
EDIT: how much time he had to “steer” towards the truck while falling.
Time = √ 2(height)/gravity
Time = √ 2(14.6m)/9.8 m/s²
Time = √ 29.2m/9.8 m/s²
Time = √ 2.98 m/s²
Time = 1.73 seconds
Sherlock was falling for 1.73 seconds.
Question: Can you jump off a 14.6 meter building and land in a truck full of laundry 7.23 meters away in 1.73 seconds?
HOLY SHIT MATH AND PHYSICS
THIS IS LEGIT BECAUSE THEY USED MATHEMATICS
YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID
I am so bad at math but I appreciate it. This is QUALITY and jeez even visual aids YES THIS IS HOW I SHOULD HAVE LEARNED GEOMETRY
Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but this is not quite right.
People don’t fall in straight lines, they fall in parabolas. So Pythagoras has nothing to do with this. What we need is projectile motion physics.
The dark red is the path he would actually take.
So using these figures it still takes 1.73 seconds to fall vertically 14.6m with an acceleration of 9.8 ms-1.
But travelling horizontally there is no acceleration or deceleration. To travel the 7.32m to the truck Sherlock would only have to take off from the roof at 4.23 ms-1. (Because of air resistance he may have fallen slower and taken a longer time therefore this number may be even lower). Average human walking speed is between 4 to 6 ms-1 (I couldn’t find an exact number) so for Sherlock to have reached the truck in that time he would only have to step off. By falling the way he did it looks like he didn’t push off but there is actually a lot more horizontal velocity than if he had just stepped so he could actually reach the truck.
Also this explains why Sherlock chose such a tall building. If the height wasn’t as large he couldn’t have made it that distance to the truck.
tl;dr: Sherlock could have made it to the truck without any particular effort. The truck theory is still viable.
I’m going to regret jumping on this, but the Parabola theory above is the correct one. You don’t fall in a straight line like what the original theory said.
That said, in order to make 7.32m of horizontal displacement, you need 4.23m/s of horizontal speed, which is NOT walking speed. According to Wikipedia (on Walking), average human walking speed is 3.1mph, or 1.4m/s. 4.23m/s amounts to about 9.5mph, which is a running speed. If you don’t believe me, get on a treadmill and set the “speed” to 9.5. I guarantee you’ll be running like hell.
Taking into account air resistance and all that shit, I’d imagine he’d be pretty lucky to be able to land on the truck. But even if he was that lucky, landing on the back of that truck will really break some shit. There has to be a more elegant solution to this, although it was really really suspicious that the truck just drove by after a person jumped off the building and landed next to it.
I’m more intrigued by this:
The truck went missing in one scene. Then it reappeared and drove away, but in the following cut, the truck was back to where it was when it first started.
Maybe it was just badly edited. But maybe…
Well this is a lot to think about…
the sherlock fandom doesn’t just speculate
they break out motherfucking physics
i am screaming omg
Projectile motion ftw.
We’re getting into it now.
Let it be known that I am utterly flabbergasted at all of the Sherlock Holmes apologists.
Or, maybe, have you considered that he doesn’t demonstrate feelings in the same way as other people? That he’s severely socially inept and therefore has trouble understanding the nuances of emotion, which often makes him come off as a douchebag? Have you considered that maybe he’s, oh, I dunno, autistic (something Holmesians have been suggesting for years) and therefore what may look like insensitivity or plain terribleness is actually just difficulty with boundaries and appropriate conversations?
Because I highly doubt that you have, because you are far too willing to just condemn him as an asocial asshole because he doesn’t display emotion in the way that you would, and he doesn’t make mistakes that you would, and therefore you’re content to assume that he is intentionally being mean and evil and horrible.
I’m not saying Sherlock is perfect. No person - no character - is perfect. I have problems with things John has done, too. And I have problems with things that Sherlock has done. But I am NOT willing to write him off as some insensitive monster just because he makes some mistakes, and I really, really, really resent anyone who does. If that makes me an apologist, fine. But I see far too much of myself in him, and far too much of the people I love, to throw him away like that.
And, really, it makes me nauseous that you find it so easy to deem him an “abusive asshole” (an insult that hits me very viscerally, being as I’ve been called that myself far too many times for the exact same reasons that you are calling Sherlock that) because he makes mistakes, because he has trouble processing emotion, and because he wasn’t “human” enough for you at the onset.
I see both sides of the argument, and frankly I feel that the Hounds experiment thing was something in-character. It’s not a case of Sherlock simply being an asshole - it’s Sherlock trying to find truth and not knowing that he fucked up until much later. Even Conan Doyle Sherlock would have used someone he’s close to as a test subject.
Sherlock, to me, fluctuates between cold and manipulative and simply inept. You cannot brand him as one or the other.
Well, I think that experiment was absolutely in-character too. After all, this is how Stamford describes him in Scarlet:
“Holmes is a little too scientific for my tastes — it approaches to cold-bloodedness. I could imagine his giving a friend a little pinch of the latest vegetable alkaloid, not out of malevolence, you understand, but simply out of a spirit of inquiry in order to have an accurate idea of the effects. To do him justice, I think that he would take it himself with the same readiness. He appears to have a passion for definite and exact knowledge.”
And he said that the drug had already been tested “on a superior brain”, so he had to see its effect on an “average one”, which leaves John, as I’m sure he was thinking “Right. Who can I trust. John. Obvious. He’s always been happy to assist me. This should be ok. He’s just being helpful here, after all.” I’m not saying that this makes it ok, because it’s absolutely not ok; I’m just trying to figure out why he did it.
By the way, I find it amazing that John was more hurt when Sherlock implied that he didn’t consider him his friend than he was after this experiment. I find this very beautiful and moving in a twisted way.
I know it’s not just this experiment that OP was talking about though.
I think he is calculating and manipulative, but not for the sake of being so, but for a Higher Cause; getting to see the dead man’s feet, entering the flat, getting Anderson off his back, etc.
I don’t know what to make of the Christmas scene, to be honest. Maybe he felt cornered. Again, this doesn’t make it ok, this is just (or at least might be) a reason for his behaviour. He seemed quite tense to me. It’s not just about not liking Christmas or preferring to be alone; if he is autistic then it must have been quite a lot of stimulus for him. All those people in a small flat; so many expectations to meet, so many signs to look out for,.. And then there was the obvious emotional stuff concerning Irene.
My fandom is the eloquent-est.
So I had a bit of fun with photoshop today.
oh my god