Hyderabad: An image of a `Tropical Cockroach' is viral on social media. Users claim Tropical Cockroach is the fastest moving object in the world.


This was posted on Instagram by Facts4genius, which like the name suggests, claims to provide facts to people.

Fact check:

This claim is false.

There has been a lot of research to find the fastest fauna in the world. It has taken research, spanning across decades to determine the fastest insect. In 1991, scientists at the University of California concluded that the fastest insect is the American Cockroach at a marvelous speed of 5km/hr.

However, this precedent was revised by scientists in the Netherlands in 1996. They found that the Australian Tiger Beetle surpassed the speed of the American Cockroach and ran as fast as 9km/hr, making it the fastest insect in the world yet.

This was illustrated in this article by the BBC in 2014 http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141021-the-fastest-insect-in-the-world

In a broader sense, the fastest object in the world is recorded to be NASA's Parker Solar Probe clocking a whopping 531083.52 km/hr. https://www.cnet.com/home/energy-and-utilities/nasa-solar-probe-becomes-fastest-object-ever-built-as-it-touches-the-sun/

The fastest thing on a universal level on the other hand is light at 3x10⁸ M/S

It is clear that the Tropical Cockroach is by no means the fastest object in the world. Hence, this post is FALSE.

Claim Review :   The fastest object in the world is the Tropical Cockroach
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Nivruthi Pasupunuri

Nivruthi Pasupunuri is a student of BA LLB (hons.) at NMIMS Navi Mumbai. She is a diligent researcher and a spirited debator. She has a keen interest in constitutional law and wishes to teach the same as a professor of law someday.

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