The real-life physics of Super Mario: How could a portly plumber jump that high?

by admin December 30, 2016 at 2:39 am

Able to jump five times his own height, run at a steady 11mph, and punch through solid brick, Mario is capable of wondrous feats. But what is it about the body of the squat plumber that allows such miracles of athleticism? When you peel back the layers of Nintendo’s infamous character you reveal a medical marvel that’s more likely alien than human.

You really only get a sense of Mario’s abilities once you quantify and compare him to his human counterparts.

So, what makes a Mario? With Super Mario Run now leaping up the iPhone App Store charts, we put the anatomy of the world’s most famous plumber under the microscope.

Measuring-a Mario

Canadian personal trainer Evan Ungar holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Highest Standing Jump’, managing to leap a whopping 5’3” with no run up: