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How fast is 17,000 feet per hour?

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It's about 35,000,000 times as fast as Grass growing
In other words, the speed of Grass growing is 0.0000000280 times 17,000 feet per hour.
(for Kentucky Bluegrass, Poa pratensis) (a.k.a. Smooth Meadow grass, a.k.a. Common Meadow grass) (Summer months, ideal growing conditions)
Kentucky Bluegrass, one of the most common grasses in North America, grows about 0.0005 feet per hour in the summer months under ideal conditions. When left un-mowed, Kentucky Bluegrass grows to heights of 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 ft) and blossoms with a blue flower.
It's about twenty times as fast as a Sloth
In other words, the speed of a Sloth is 0.048 times 17,000 feet per hour.
(for Brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus)
The three-toed sloth moves along the ground at an average speed of 790 feet per hour. Long thought to be lengthy sleepers, a 2008 study concluded that sloths sleep an average of only 9.6 hours per day.
It's about three times as fast as an Iceberg
In other words, the speed of an Iceberg is 0.30 times 17,000 feet per hour.
(a.k.a. Berg) (Newfoundland iceberg average)
Moved by ocean currents and wind, icebergs can drift at speeds of about 6,000 feet per hour. The largest iceberg ever recorded was a found near Baffin Island, Nunavut and was estimated to be nine billion metric tons.
It's about one-and-one-tenth times as fast as Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan)
In other words, the speed of Walking Pedestrians (in Manhattan) is 0.910 times 17,000 feet per hour.
(Manhattan; average speed; 8,978 person-sample)
A 2006 Study by the New York City Department of City Planning found that pedestrians in that city walk at an average rate of 15,000 feet per hour. Pedestrians wearing headphones, the study went on to find, walk at a slightly faster 17,000 feet per hour
It's about three-fourths as fast as Michael Phelps
In other words, 17,000 feet per hour is 0.740970 times the speed of Michael Phelps, and the speed of Michael Phelps is 1.34960 times that amount.
(at the Beijing Olympics, 2008; 200 m freestyle) (a.k.a. Michael Fred Phelps) (swimmer; 1985-)
Setting a world record, Michael Phelps swam the 200 m freestyle in 1:42.96 for an average speed of 22,943 feet per hour. Phelps would go on to win nine gold medals individually in the 2008 Olympics - more than all but eight of the competing nations.
It's about half as fast as a Crocodile
In other words, 17,000 feet per hour is 0.530 times the speed of a Crocodile, and the speed of a Crocodile is 1.90 times that amount.
(American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus) (swimming speed)
An American crocodile can reach speeds in the water of up to 33,000 feet per hour. On land, larger crocodiles can "gallop" when fleeing danger at speeds of up to 66,000 feet per hour.
It's about one-fifth as fast as a Bull
In other words, 17,000 feet per hour is 0.210 times the speed of a Bull, and the speed of a Bull is 4.80 times that amount.
(for animals involved in the Running of the Bulls, a.k.a. Encierro, San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain) (herd average speed)
The herd of the annual Encierro in Pamplona, Spain runs at an average speed of 79,000 feet per hour. The Encierro is run annually from July 7th through July 14th and involves 42 bulls, 77 oxen, and an estimated 17,000 runners over the course of the event.