Topic 27
Don't Outrun Your Headlights

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra, after a Danish Proverb

It's late at night, dark, pouring rain. The two-seater whips around the tight curves of the twisty little mountain roads, barely holding the corners. A hairpin comes up and the car misses it, crashing though the skimpy guardrail and soaring to a fiery crash in the valley below. State troopers arrive on the scene, and the senior officer sadly shakes their head. “Must have outrun their headlights.”

Had the speeding two-seater been going faster than the speed of light? No, that speed limit is firmly fixed. What the officer referred to was the driver's ability to stop or steer in time in response to the ...

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