Beauty of a Parabola

When a cricketer throws a cricket ball the ball executes a parabola.

When a nuclear bomb detonates the mushroom cloud is actually a parabola.

Rockets fired from launching pads execute a parabola in space.

Streamlined flow of fluid through a pipe forms a parabola.

Hertz stress profile on metals takes the shape of a parabola.

Lubricating film under load forms a parabola.

Shape of tree top is parabolic.

Shape of a mountain peak is approximately a parabola.

Vapor coming off a cooling tower tries to form a parabola before it disperses.

Why?

Is parabolic motion antigravity?

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