If a penny was dropped from the top of the Empire State Building and it hit someone on the head, would it go through him like a bullet?
A penny dropped from the top of the Empire Building would hit the ground in approximately 8.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of about 280 feet per second, not considering any updrafts, which would probably slow the penny’s descent. Compare this to a .22 caliber bullet, which typically has a much higher velocity – 800 to 1,100 feet per second. So, if the penny accidentally hit a pedestrian, would it go right through him? No…but it might fracture his skull.
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