Roald Dahl was factually inaccurate
Students at Leicester University have answered the age old question of “Was Roald Dahl being scientifically accurate when he described 501 seagulls lifting a giant peach in his classic children’s story James and the Giant Peach.”
The students estimated the size of the peach, described by Dahl as being tall and wide like a small house, and derived that it would take 4,890,579 Newton’s of force to lift the massive fruit into the air. They then sorted out the carrying capacity of a seagull (based on its wingspan, the density of air around it and the speed it would travel) and derived that James would have required nearly 2.5 million seagulls.
For shame Mr. Dahl, factual inaccuracies in children`s stories is just something I cannot abide. I had better not find out about an Oxford student’s discovery that Foxes are incapable of stealing cider from deranged farmers.