Usain Bolt MPH: Here's Everything You Can't Do in the Time It Takes Him to Run a 100M Dash


Usain Bolt is currently called the fastest man in the world and can famously dash 100 meters in fewer than 10 seconds (9.58 seconds, to be precise, a record he set on Aug. 16, 2009 in Berlin). The 29-year-old Jamaican sprinter can run at speeds of around 28 miles per hour. He can run faster than most people can do most things.

Bolt will compete in the 100-meter dash semifinals Sunday night. He has swept the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 4 x 100-meter relay during he past two Olympic games. As the world gears up to witness superhuman speed in real time, we present 7 things you can't do in the time it takes Bolt to run 100 meters. Because everyone needs a confidence boost from time to time.

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Run 100m.

Unless you are Usain Bolt, in which case, hi!

Cook an egg, or anything else for that matter.

Not even the microwave can save you here.

Brush your teeth.

Brush for two minutes.

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Solve for X.

Well, maybe you could, depending on the equation. This writer probably can't.

Send that email you've been avoiding.

It will probably take longer than 10 seconds to compose an adequate reply if the thing has been haunting you for days, weeks, months. Best left ignored until you have more time.

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Even get the Olympics livestream going. 

Mic has been waiting on NBC's watch live site for something like 30 seconds now, and the commercial hasn't even played yet.


Monopoly takes approximately 1 million years to play. What you can do in 10 seconds is get up and "accidentally" overturn the board.