How Strong Is King Kong? And Could He Even Stand Up?

In physics, big things are not like small things. Here’s what that means for a giant gorilla.

It’s time for Godzilla vs. Kong—a classic battle between two impossibly giant creatures. I’ve only seen the trailer, and it looks like a fun movie. But movies aren’t just for fun, they are also for physics. In particular, this is a great chance to consider the physics of scale—what happens when we make small things into big things? For instance, what happens if you take a normal gorilla and make him into a giant gorilla and then you name him King Kong?

If we want to see what happens when you have a giant

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