# Could a human eat a whole horse?

Could a human eat a whole horse? There's the saying "I'm so hungry i could eat a horse" but i can't find any information online about if anybody has tried to.

If you ignore bones, how long would it take to eat a whole horse?

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Do some mathematics.

First, get an elephant and a horse. Weigh each of them.

Borrow some notation from the Python programming language, but do not weigh or eat a python.

Let w(h) be the weight of the horse.

Let w(e) be the weight of the elephant.

Eat the elephant, and remember how long it took you to do that. Call that length of time t(e).

Make a guess that the time for eating a large dinner is perhaps proportional to the weight of the food. Let r be the ratio of the weight of the horse to the weight of the elephant.

r = w(h)/w(e)

The approximate time for eating a horse is then calculated as:

t(h) = r*t(e)

Notice that in this exercise we have wisely avoided actually eating the horse.

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• Bring me a horse.

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• Even a newborn foal weighs, on average, well over a hundred pounds. There's simply no way for a human to eat that much in one sitting.

The phrase simply refers to the fact that it is considered incredibly distasteful to eat horse meat.

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