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It’s a wonder that humans are at the top of the pyramid in our animal kingdom. We’re not the fastest. We’re not the strongest. We’re not the biggest. But how inferior are we really?
The internet has a few ways to find out, from apps to compare your speed to animals, to tests that compare your vision. There’s even a personality test to find which animal you’re most like. And finally, Wikipedia has a storehouse of images comparing humans to all animals in history.
1. Survival of the Fastest (Mobile): Which Animal Can You Outrun?
Like daydreams, we all have nightmare scenarios too. Imagine being in a jungle with a tiger dashing towards you. Would you be able to outrun him? With Survival of the Fastest, you can find out.
It’s a web app, so you don’t need to download anything. But it works only on smartphones. Open the site, press the Start button, and start running. The app will calculate your speed as you run.
When you finish your run, a funny little animation will show which animal’s speed you match with. It’s cool, it’s cute, and it’s a nice way to motivate yourself to higher speeds on daily runs.
2. Animal Eyesight Test (Web): Do You Have a Hawk’s Eyes?
Are you as blind as a bat, or are you eagle-eyed? Let’s put your eyesight to the test against the best the animal kingdom has to offer.
It’s a simple online game where you’re given a grid of colored squares. One of the squares is a different shade. Find it and click it. The test will run while you get the squares right, and as soon as you click a wrong one, the test is over.
Based on your answers, it will show if your vision is as good as a bat, mole, dog, cat, tiger, or hawk. And if you do really well, you might get that elusive “robot vision” medal! But in case it’s a poor score, you can make web pages easier to read.
3. What Animal Do You Lift? (Web): Beast Mode!
This isn’t really a comparison of your strength against another animal, but it’s a fun web app nonetheless. Plus, it works perfectly on mobile browsers, so you can use it at the gym to have a good time with your workout buddies.
Simply key in the amount of weight you are lifting, either in pounds or kilograms. The app will show you which animal you are roughly carrying. So, between your friends, you could have competitions to “bench press a pig” or “deadlift a gorilla”. Much more fun than body weight exercises, right?
Android users might want to try the What Animal Can You Lift? app, which adds photos and a little more polish to the experience.
Download — What Animal Can You Lift for Android (Free) [No Longer Available]
4. Animal in You (Web): A Fun Personality Quiz
What’s your spirit animal? Or if you’re a Mortal Kombat fan, what’s your animality? There’s a fun little personality quiz online to find out, with testimonials from CNN, Dr. Phil, and others.
Before we begin, you should know, this isn’t a scientific test. Treat it as the fun it is and you’ll have a good time. It’s a series of nine questions, all with multiple choice answers. Depending on your selections, the app will figure out which animal you are most like.
It’s entertaining, and explains reasons for why you matched with that particular animal. In case you want more of this, we have some other sites with fun and insightful tests.
5. Animal-Human Size Comparisons (Web): Wikipedia’s Archive of Silhouette Comparisons
Ever wondered how big you would be when standing in front of a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Or how tiny you are next to a blue whale? Wikipedia has the answer.
This massive archive of diagrams shows the human silhouette next to the silhouette of another animal. In one picture, you will realize how tall or large man is, when compared to other living beings.
Some of the charts are much more detailed too. For example, check out the largest land mammals chart, or the big chart of rhino sizes. You can while away hours on this site, and then plotting together multiple graphs for your own size comparisons.
Which Animal Comparison Are You Curious About?
So yes, we aren’t the fastest or the largest species on Earth, but that’s not all that matters. In fact, there are other comparisons you are probably curious about.
For example, I’d love to compare life spans, or maybe even a test to know the strength of our bites. What comparison are you curious about?
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