In the end, it’s concluded that the airspeed velocity of a (European) unladen swallow is about 24 miles per hour or 11 meters per second. But, the real question is not about swallows at all. King Arthur in the movie had two coconut shells that he banged together to simulate the sound of a horse galloping.
So, answering the main question here, the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is something like 20.1 miles per hour or 9 meters per second .
King Arthur was the fourth- the first two questions were the same as for Lancelot, Robin and Galahad, but the third was: “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” Arthur asked which kind of swallow: African or European, and when the bridgekeeper answered “I don’t know that”, he was thrown into the gorge
This is given as evidence that the bird could not, in fact, carry a 1-pound coconut . To further diminish the case for coconut – carrying swallows , the average coconut is approximately 1-and-a-half pounds, approximately 34 times heavier than a European swallow .
ERIC IDLE was the nicest of the six members of Monty Python. He was born in the North of England… well when I say the nicest he wasn’t absolutely the nicest. Michael Palin is generally recognized as being the nicest. Actually Terry Jones is pretty nice too and certainly he’s very nice at parties.
French : Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of silly persons! French : Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. French : You don’t frighten us, English pig dogs.
Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot. Bridgekeeper : Whatis your quest ? Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail.
The Bridge Keeper asks the question, “What is the capital of Assyria?”. Well Bridge Keeper, depending exactly on what time in history you’re referring to, Assyria has had four capital cities: Ashur (or Qalat Sherqat ), Calah (or Nimrud ), the short-lived Dur Sharrukin (or Khorsabad ), and Nineveh .
Arthur: The swallow may fly south with the sun, or the house maarten or the plummer may seek warmer climes in winter, but these are not strangers to our land! Guard: Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate ? Arthur: Not at all! They could be carried.
What is your name ? ARTHUR: It is ‘Arthur’, King of the Britons. BRIDGEKEEPER: What is your quest? ARTHUR: To seek the Holy Grail.
Shh! Knight of Ni : We are now the Knights who say “Ekky-ekky-ekky-ekky-z’Bang, zoom-Boing, z’nourrrwringnmmm”. Other Knight of Ni : Ni ! Knight of Ni : Therefore, we must give you a test.
In several scenes the monks chant in Latin: “Pie Jesu domine, dona eis requiem”. The translation of this is: “Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest.” It’s part of the standard Latin funeral rite.
Monty Python’s coconuts are horses, except that they absolutely are not horses, but coconuts . Worse, they’re coconuts , but coconuts cannot exist in Arthur’s medieval England.
Overall, it would likely take at least 10 to 15 European swallows to even lift a single coconut, let alone fly with it at a reasonable velocity.
Ximinez: ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition ! Our chief weapon is surprise surprise and fear fear and surprise our two weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope