Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stormtrooper Suck Explained by Science!

Or why can't a trained Imperial Storm Trooper seem to hit the broad side of a planet?!

The humor website Cracked recently published an article that makes this actually more plausible than it seems. Here's the science:

All throughout the Star Wars trilogy (yes, we're calling it a trilogy, and always will) the enemy Stormtroopers spend almost every battle firing wildly, missing slow-moving targets, and are generally unable to land a shot roughly in the same zipcode as the good guys. But we know they're not incompetent: We see their handiwork elsewhere in the movies -- like when our heroes stumble across a destroyed sandcrawler -- and Obi-Wan Kenobi himself even says: "These blast-points... Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise." These are supposedly squads of cold, calculating, efficient murder machines, professional soldiers literally bred for the purpose.

Yet, the second you put an Alderaan Princess in front of them, you've got five Stormtroopers missing a stationary target roughly eight feet away, three firing their guns wildly into the sky, and one asshole trying to ride his blaster rifle like a pony -- and none making the shot. Fans jokingly refer to it as "Stormtrooper aim." But it's not lazy film-making (or at least, not just that): There's actually a perfectly logical, scientific reason behind this behavior. Soldiers in real wars behave in exactly the same way.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.cracked.com/article_18858_the-biggest-star-wars-plot-hole-explained-by-science.html#ixzz15TkYWRML

And may the Force be with you always!

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