The Fastest Flying Taco

by Laura Overdeck

We aren’t supposed to play with our food, and we’re definitely not supposed to throw it. So these guys really broke the rules: they built a cannon that launches tacos. The Voodoo Taco restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska fires foil-wrapped tacos into the air like cannonballs. They built it to send food to hungry fans at University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey games.  If you can stop watching the game and look up in the sky, you could catch your next dinner.

Wee ones: If the cannon shoots 5 tacos into the air, what numbers do you say to count them?

Little kids: If you’ve launched the first 9 tacos out of 12, how many more do you need to launch?  Bonus: Which flies faster, a taco flying 42 miles an hour or a taco flying 45 miles an hour?

Big kids: If the user launches a set of 12 tacos, refills the cannon and launches the next 12, how many tacos fly through the air?  Bonus: If 1/4 of those are caught by lucky fans, how many get caught?

The sky’s the limit: If you launch 3 tacos and the 1st travels 300 feet, the 2nd travels 80 feet, and the 3rd lands halfway between them, how far does the 3rd taco fly?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Little kids: 3 more tacos.  Bonus: The 45-mile-an-hour one.

Big kids: 24 tacos.  Bonus: 6 tacos.

The sky’s the limit: 190 feet. The tacos land 220 feet apart, so a taco landing halfway will land 110 feet past the closer one and 110 feet closer than the farther one.

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