Originally Posted by wiseblood
If you did something in 100 seconds, and then you do it in 1 second, you are 99% faster. (99 seconds difference / 100 seconds original time = 99% faster.)
Okay, let's see how this works.
In 100 seconds, my moped travels one mile: its speed is 36 miles per hour.
In 1 second, your intercontinental missile travels one mile: its speed is 3600 miles per hour.
So, the ICBM is 99 per cent faster than the moped. Right?
It's okay, we know you were just winding us up.
The arithmetic has been canvassed thoroughly
in comments on Kropotkin's story, here
And as usual, he had it right all along.