How far would The Proclaimers walk for you?

Katherine DAVIES, Matthew Perkins

Abstract


The Proclaimers released their no.1 hit song, I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) in 1988, claiming that they would walk 500 miles to “fall down at your door”. In the song, they say this phrase 8 times, totalling 4000 miles of walking. This paper investigates the locations that The Proclaimers could reach, how long it would take them, and the quantities of Scottish delicacies they would need to consume to fuel their journey. It was found that they could reach the major cities of Cairo, New York, and Dubai, with the furthest being Lahore in Pakistan. The journey to Lahore would take them 53.5 days to complete, needing 832.5 bars of deep fried Mars bars, 237.9 kg of haggis, or 249.8 L of Irn-Bru to provide the energy for the journey.


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