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    If you dropped a spider off a skyscraper would it die?
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    Of course it would, as with most living organisms that has mass.
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    Why wouldn't it?
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    (Original post by Wonderbeard)
    If you dropped a spider off a skyscraper would it die?
    Probably not. They can produce silk threads while falling to reduce their terminal velocity and slow their descent.

    That's why you shouldn't look up with your mouth open near skyscrapers.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    That's why you shouldn't look up with your mouth open near skyscrapers.

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    Because many people throw spiders from skyscrapers :P

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    (Original post by Blue_Mason)
    Of course it would, as with most living organisms that has mass.
    What about a cat?
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    No, a spider probably wouldn't die if dropped off a skyscraper, even if it didn't weave any webs or anything. The mass of a creature, and thus the force exerted on it when it hits the ground, scales with the cube of its size, whereas its structural integrity scales with a lower power of its size. This makes small creatures very good at surviving falls - animals as large as rats can easily survive their own terminal velocities. On the other hand, if you dropped an elephant from its own height, it could easily break bones or die.
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    (Original post by Ayaz789)
    What about a cat?
    Depends on how cute the cat is
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    People saying yes are most likely wrong. You can drop loads of small animals and other living creatures from excessive heights and they survive fine. Not to mention half the time it may depend on the impact.

    Take a look into theoretical experiments dropping ants from high places.
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    (Original post by Ayaz789)
    What about a cat?


    I think spiders may be light enough to survive falling from any height, but I'm universally incorrect about stuff in general.
 
 
 
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