The Archer's Paradox in SLOW MOTION - Smarter Every Day 136

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Byron Ferguson travels the world doing live exhibitions. I should note, that Byron doesn't call himself the "Best" archer, or the "Most Amazing" archer or anything like that. These are my words, because to me, he really is the most amazing archer.
He's a cool dude with the right balance of humility and confidence, and I have an incredible amount of respect for him as a person. I'm under no obligation to recommend that you hire him for your live event... but I do. Book him through his wife Wanda here under "Exhibition Shooting".

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There's an ASTM standard for measuring spine. ASTM F2031-05

Here's a manual for how it's measured using one particular device.


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💬 Comments on the video

Sure, he shot an aspirin in slow motion. But can he do it at full speed?

Author — Lord Kiltridge


6:30 The last thing the Sheriff of Nottingham's men ever saw.

Author — PhantomSavage


Straight as an arrow has a whole new meaning now.

Author — ippielb


When I watched the part where the arrow flew towards the camera I couldn't help but think that millions of people throughout the ages, that is the last thing they ever saw.

Author — Fevos Man


We've been spending all our lives, livin' in an *_archer's paradox_*

Author — Ezra Z


That is unreal. Byron must have some sort of calculation going on in his head similar to a knife thrower predicting how many times the blade will rotate at a given distance to get it to land point first. But arrow movement is so fast how could you even see the wobble in real time to begin with, and with the proper depth perception to know where it will be at the target? That's a level of skill that's way over my head.

Author — NightHawkInLight


"okay, so the stiffness of an arrow is called the spine, right?"
"And so what is the spine, Byron?"
"The stiffness of the arrow"
🤣🤣🤣 Well he's not wrong there.

Author — Muhd Khaleeq


So the term "straight as an arrow" doesn't really mean what we think it means...

Author — thfpt


"The Archer's Paradox. Because a perfect arrow flies forever, and that's impossible."
Oh wait, wrong paradox.

Author — Kruhl Sentru


Katniss watched this before going to hunger games

Author — Blackfire139


Before the spine tester came into focus at 5:07, I thought for a moment it was labeled "ACME Spine tester" and I got a little concerned XD

Author — Hauss Pray


A swarm of bees attack

Everyone else:
Then this guy is like: Quick, get my arrows

Author — Mureithi Kivuti


1:50 - How on earth he got this (camera, and "crossbow") shot right? Maybe not the first time? Good job anyway!

Author — Szabolcs Mate


Dude I love how you get down to business. 2 seconds, and we are already onto the video



"It's still wizardry" very true. Knowing the frequency and being able to exploit it.. dayum.

Author — Benjamin


I've got a feeling that the longbow archer had distant relatives at Agincourt?!

Author — mac man


4:45 or C: The Aspirin had it coming and it was meant to be.

Author — GSAU


That last shot of the arrow wobbling toward me was insane!

Author — DJ Hero


4:57 "Okay so the stiffness of the arrow is called the spine, right?... And so the spine is.... what, Byron?"
"The stiffness of the arrow." 😂

Author — Nate Birt


Simply the best vid on archer's paradox on the internet. Imho.
Thank you!!!

Author — Arsen Linn