Here's a humdinger of a thought experiment: How fast could people go before the combustion engine and other technologies drastically increased the speed of the human race? And how did they pull it off? Skis? Sled-dogs? Catapults? From ancient horseriders and viking ships to primitive luges and "Russian Mountains", the Outside/In team researches all sorts of old-fashioned methods of locomotion and presents biggest the speed trial of the millenium.
If you've got your own ideas about how humans hit record speeds during ye good olde days before the automobile, send us an email at email@example.com or call us on the Ask Sam hotline: 1-844-GO-OTTER!
Episode photo by William James, courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives.
Outside/In was produced this week by:
Outside/In was produced this week by Sam Evans-Brown, Erika Janik, Taylor Quimby, Justine Paradis, and Nick Capodice.
Special thanks to Scott Leonard and Philip Hoare.
Music from this week’s episode came from Blue Dot Sessions.
Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder.
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