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#### paul.fr

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##### how high can a flea jump?
« on: 13/11/2007 17:05:32 »
and how high would that equate to if the flea was a six foot tall human?

#### Karen W.

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##### how high can a flea jump?
« Reply #1 on: 15/11/2007 18:58:36 »

http://msucares.com/4h_Youth/4hentomology/entomfaq9.htm
From Mississippi State University

"How far can a flea jump?"

"Fleas have been known to make leaps up to 13 inches, about 200 times the length of their own bodies. This would be equal to a 900 foot jump by a six-foot man."

AND I just found this and think I should keep it handy!

I found it on the web:

http://www.realwomen.co.nz/content/view/43/17/

How high can you jump?

"Flea trainers have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them. Fleas are trained by putting them in a cardboard box with a top on it. The fleas will jump up and hit the top of the cardboard box over and over and over again. As you watch them jump and hit the lid, something very interesting becomes obvious. The fleas continue to jump, but they are no longer jumping high enough to hit the top. Apparently, Excedrin headache 1738 forces them to limit the height of their jump.

When you take off the lid, the fleas continue to jump, but they will not jump out of the box. They won't jump out because they can't jump out. Why? The reason is simple. They have conditioned themselves to jump just so high. Once they have conditioned themselves to jump just so high, that's all they can do!

Many times, people do the same thing. They restrict themselves and never reach their potential. Just like the fleas, they fail to jump higher, thinking they are doing all they can do. If You Think If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't! If you want to win, but think you can't, It's almost a cinch you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost; For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of the mind. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger and faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can."

Is that all..really or does that not mean they also learn from repetition or pain like it said??? LOL
« Last Edit: 15/11/2007 19:01:16 by Karen W. »

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##### how high can a flea jump?
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