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

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  • Damin Parish
    Damin Parish16 klukkustundum síðan

    I shoot competitively at a college level I had no idea about arrow wobble lol our brains just do it naturally

  • Michael Lawrence
    Michael LawrenceDegi Síðan síðan

    Simply Wow!

  • jnanamurthy m
    jnanamurthy m3 dögum síðan

    very good video

  • Punched Godnobigdeal
    Punched Godnobigdeal3 dögum síðan

    This was the first video I saw from you and I’ve been hooked ever since

  • Alex Gouthro
    Alex Gouthro4 dögum síðan

    Excellent explanation!

  • J. Thomas Roulain
    J. Thomas Roulain4 dögum síðan

    At 0:08, he shot an aspirin out of the air in regular motion.

  • Napthaly C. Dansalan
    Napthaly C. Dansalan4 dögum síðan

    7:10 so this is how it feels to be headshots by an arrow

  • MinerKingX
    MinerKingX8 dögum síðan

    something else that will blow ur mind the audio in slow motion is all fake

  • John Gizzi
    John Gizzi9 dögum síðan

    Great Demo.

    TREMILBERG9 dögum síðan

    Robin Hood has competition! I once shot the glow off the cigarette my co-worker was puffing on as he walked by - with a rubber band - but this is insane.

  • Simon Pruszynski
    Simon Pruszynski12 dögum síðan

    So the fethers act like propultion like fish tail upp and down since its a cross pathern. The fethers on the glas shot look just like a propeller.

  • Cryptococcus Neoformans
    Cryptococcus Neoformans13 dögum síðan

    lets think about epic ancient war opening in movie. there are so many arrow just vibing around like sneak in to the screen.

  • Alex bethell
    Alex bethell16 dögum síðan

    This is not a paradox

  • Muffinz ovo
    Muffinz ovo17 dögum síðan

    Ok so you can tell your parents "im as straight as an arrow!" And they will be none the wiser

  • Larry Bishop
    Larry Bishop17 dögum síðan

    Is it just me or did it look like when he shot the mirror he shot the cam

  • curtis bostick
    curtis bostick18 dögum síðan

    You get a shot of an arrow flying at the camera and you don't take the chance to make a James Bond parody?

  • soldemediodia andalucia
    soldemediodia andalucia18 dögum síðan

    super clear 👏👏

  • FatShady07
    FatShady0718 dögum síðan

    I wanna be friends with Byron.

  • NoviceDart
    NoviceDart18 dögum síðan

    This honestly gives me more respect for Pixar, in the arrow through the arrow scene in brave, which shows the archers paradox in perfect detail

  • Jacob Potischman
    Jacob Potischman18 dögum síðan

    Am I the only one who felt like he’s just wasting the guy’s time. Like why bother asking him “so this is science, not black magic, right?”

  • The smasher Or ???????
    The smasher Or ???????19 dögum síðan

    This is fake, the arrow is a paid actor!

  • AceOfHarts_
    AceOfHarts_19 dögum síðan

    another paradox is the yes no paradox. all you have to do is ask if the next word that you say will be no and then try to answer truthfully.

  • GC_Roades
    GC_Roades19 dögum síðan

    Eeew long bow recurve gang

  • zindmore
    zindmore20 dögum síðan

    Shock dart

  • Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf20 dögum síðan

    “How do the arrows fly straight?” (Laughs in compound bow)

  • Dynamice
    Dynamice20 dögum síðan

    That first compound bow launch with no helical or offset on the no.

  • Average Joel1007
    Average Joel100720 dögum síðan

    Great Stuff!!! Amazing Archer!

  • Bubbles Rizzoli
    Bubbles Rizzoli20 dögum síðan

    So it's basically telemetry with a bow not a rocket

  • SixtyOne
    SixtyOne21 degi síðan síðan

    this is cool, subbing

  • John Westmoreland
    John Westmoreland21 degi síðan síðan

    1:51 i’ve never been so shook. camera didn’t even move

  • Joshua Wise
    Joshua Wise21 degi síðan síðan

    I use those razors too, they a thallus are really good. I get a whole month supply of blades pretty cheap at Walmart

  • Валерий Костышак
    Валерий Костышак21 degi síðan síðan


    UNKNOWN GAMER21 degi síðan síðan

    Oliver Queen: 📝📝📝

  • Sanjay Sajan
    Sanjay Sajan21 degi síðan síðan

    All this while I thought they just aimed a little bit to the right

  • formalJester
    formalJester21 degi síðan síðan


  • Matthew Graham
    Matthew Graham22 dögum síðan

    Cool video, cool channel. Earned a sub

  • spruce bingsteen
    spruce bingsteen22 dögum síðan

    You never described how he hit a target with the wobble spine of an arrow you just put up your ad and then gave us ore shooting footage

  • Key Man
    Key Man22 dögum síðan

    The arrow literally just dodges past the bow. That's amazing xD

  • Brian McCoy
    Brian McCoy22 dögum síðan

    I work at lumenok its cool to see other people wearing our logo

  • CROW21K
    CROW21K22 dögum síðan

    I clicked on this by accident but I watched the whole video

  • Soggy
    Soggy22 dögum síðan

    1:51 2 for flinching

  • JuanJose Mendivil
    JuanJose Mendivil22 dögum síðan

    Never thought of that with bows to be honest.

  • Christopher Coward
    Christopher Coward22 dögum síðan

    That guy is a sniper 😂

  • Jeremy Rigdon
    Jeremy Rigdon22 dögum síðan

    Who's idea was it to put the link to another video at the end ON THE VIDEO... Srsly, I was curious what he was talking abt

  • goldeneddie
    goldeneddie22 dögum síðan

    Errm, is it just me or am I doing this wrong? I just aim slightly to the side of the target.... I thought that's what we all did!

  • First Last
    First Last22 dögum síðan

    Him shooting at the "camera" made me jump, I wasn't expecting that at all.

  • I'm just a guy
    I'm just a guy22 dögum síðan

    That camera shooting with the mirror was smart But dont let it bounce back

  • HG-Javelin gaming
    HG-Javelin gaming23 dögum síðan

    He was better as Hank from breaking bad than robbin hood in my opinion

  • Jessy And Meika
    Jessy And Meika23 dögum síðan

    He’s pretty much Hawkeye

  • john templeplate
    john templeplate23 dögum síðan

    6:06 byron is NOT using "science" - he's using measuring tools. you idiots sound like religious nutbags when you speak like that

  • Rukkah Jack
    Rukkah Jack23 dögum síðan

    surely the spin keeps the tip in the same place, allowing the arrow to bend behind it

  • NewStreamLine
    NewStreamLine23 dögum síðan

    Science? Definitely not. It's black magic, for sure. 😉

  • DownSouth Ninja
    DownSouth Ninja23 dögum síðan

    somebody just give me a slingshot he makes my brain hurt

  • Evescent
    Evescent23 dögum síðan

    dude, i just came back here and there was just so much going on really.. the aspirin is moving, it is small, the arrow is moving, the earth is moving, the whole solar system is moving, the aspirin is small, the arrow is wobbling, it all happens so fast, which means he calculates so fast? and lastly, the aspirin is small and moving and the arrow is wobbling like crazy.......

    CRAZFO!!! SHLAM24 dögum síðan

    What if I just shoot it slightly off target?

  • Josh Wunder
    Josh Wunder24 dögum síðan

    6:33 jump scare time

  • ReaperLeviathan5
    ReaperLeviathan524 dögum síðan

    R.I.P. to the people watching this in vr at 1:51.5

  • Amanda D
    Amanda D24 dögum síðan

    this is SO interesting

  • Clayton Magary
    Clayton Magary24 dögum síðan

    So he designs his own arrow heads and you never plugged them for him....

  • Riot Rodriguez
    Riot Rodriguez24 dögum síðan

    Who else flinched? I did

  • Luke Dobrzyniecki
    Luke Dobrzyniecki24 dögum síðan

    How is this a paradox if it follows physics?

  • Darkness Darkrai
    Darkness Darkrai24 dögum síðan

    Iv'e never watched any archer videos and i've never watched this guys channel and i still get reccomended this

  • Will B
    Will B24 dögum síðan

    Okay was anyone gonna tell me how scary 6:33 would be, I literally jumped lol

  • Darin Loken
    Darin Loken24 dögum síðan

    It is an episode of this on MythBusters

  • Pillsnpie Gaming
    Pillsnpie Gaming24 dögum síðan

    Lol no he didnt shoot in slow motion. You filmed him in slow motion while he shot an aspirin with a arrow using a long bow

  • Fedor Kochemasov
    Fedor Kochemasov24 dögum síðan

    Doesn't he knock an arrow wrong?. If you pull with your right hand, the arrow should be on the right side of the bow. Other way around with left hand. How they are shooting is how they do it in movies, which is wrong. Either I missed something and they do it on purpose or I don't know why would he shoot like that.

  • Ga Wa
    Ga Wa25 dögum síðan

    Byron. Legend. 60 y.o. boy scout.

  • Lawrence Michael
    Lawrence Michael25 dögum síðan

    Dude is using aimbot. Report him.

  • Grey VR
    Grey VR25 dögum síðan

    Grr. Arg. I thought this was going to be Zeno's paradox of the arrow, and it isn't.

  • Djentile 777
    Djentile 77725 dögum síðan

    The joy on his face hearing you get excited about measuring arrows was pretty cool. And is that Ripecheep?

  • StutterPunk
    StutterPunk26 dögum síðan

    So he's like the archers in rangers apprentice? Shooting between the eye slits in helmets from 500 yards

  • The Rat King
    The Rat King26 dögum síðan


  • U.E. U.E.
    U.E. U.E.26 dögum síðan

    Wow! 😃👍

  • QMan1234red
    QMan1234red26 dögum síðan

    7:09 *D A N G E R N O O D L E*

  • SuperElite7979


    24 dögum síðan


  • KY0GA
    KY0GA26 dögum síðan

    I always wanted a "giant slingshot" that is actually a longbow for arrows.... where the shaft was a Y.

  • TmPlott
    TmPlott26 dögum síðan

    7:10 imagine its 600 AD and ur out on a walk and u hear something rassle behind u in the bushes, you turn around and see this

  • Kay Birt
    Kay Birt26 dögum síðan

    me: *aims slight right of the target

  • CollieAgility
    CollieAgility26 dögum síðan

    Still wondering why not just drill a hole in the tree/bow so it doesn't have to bend around it.

  • Dale Schofield
    Dale Schofield26 dögum síðan

    Byron is a great guy! I have always enjoyed watching him. I have spoke with him several times and he is quite humble for a guy who is amazing to so many!

  • name's Zeus
    name's Zeus26 dögum síðan

    I learned nothing

  • SuperElite7979


    24 dögum síðan

    Why is That?

  • TaKeoTora
    TaKeoTora26 dögum síðan

    When you are an archer, there are three things that you need to know. Your personal arrow length, the strength of your bow and your spine. The spine is not determined by your opinion, it is calculated from your arrow length and bow strength. If your spine is too flexible, it'll fly of to the right and if it's too hard, it'll fly of to the left. An arrow is only flying 'straight' when you have the correct spine suited for you. The rest is skill. By skill is meant that there are many more factors than your spine that determine your accuracy, at least for recurve and longbows. The placement of your arrow on the bowstring, how you pull the arrow, how you grip the bow, how you release the arrow and even how you breathe while doing all of this.

  • CaptainKirkDiggler
    CaptainKirkDiggler26 dögum síðan

    7:01 So, that's what the world would look like if you were The Flash or Quicksilver.

  • Random crap daily Ayy!
    Random crap daily Ayy!27 dögum síðan

    6:12 he reminds me of Jim Carrey

  • subforsubguywithchannel
    subforsubguywithchannel27 dögum síðan

    So this is the archer from that meme template with the arrow going through the eye hole on the helmet

  • Outerthoughts
    Outerthoughts27 dögum síðan

    Hey. Whens Queens of the Stone age coming out with a new album?

  • Wolfgaming142
    Wolfgaming14227 dögum síðan

    what a badass

  • Hubert Szulc
    Hubert Szulc27 dögum síðan

    that's a texas, hairless legolass, with the old man voice and young man hobby. I wonder if he only shoot arrows, couse he looks like one of a guys who also can toss a lasso in air through 10-15m and catch a wild horse. Like a lonely rider or cowboy

  • Aaryan Nepal
    Aaryan Nepal27 dögum síðan

    Real life Arjun

  • Samuel Liebermann
    Samuel Liebermann27 dögum síðan

    0:10 he didn't shoot the aspirin in slow motion. He shot it in normal speed.

  • Гармаш Олексей
    Гармаш Олексей27 dögum síðan

    Sniper's a good job m8!

  • EthanFelcry
    EthanFelcry28 dögum síðan

    Just one of those videos that find me at 3am

  • TheFallenWaterMelon
    TheFallenWaterMelon28 dögum síðan

    Wait i have that exact crossbow

  • Trancera
    Trancera28 dögum síðan

    Wait, how did he shoot the aspirin in slow motion? were you at regular speed?

  • Lynx Firenze
    Lynx Firenze28 dögum síðan

    That man is an incredible archer. Even with all the help in the world it's still an incredibly skilled shot to hit an aspirin in motion (the tolerance for error would be ridiculously low, given the tiny size of the target).

  • William Julius
    William Julius29 dögum síðan

    So arrows need to bend? Or is it just a long bow vs compound bow thing. Because the arrow has to go around the bow I understand why it needs to bend. Is there a material that wont bend and still shoots well?

  • CloudSteele
    CloudSteele29 dögum síðan

    "SO, you make your own arrow heads right?" "No, I just designed them (, someone else makes them for me!)." What a freaking flex.

  • Sir Ghostington

    Sir Ghostington

    20 dögum síðan

    @Little Tinkers no, but it's probably made by Antur Achery

  • Little Tinkers

    Little Tinkers

    20 dögum síðan

    @Sir Ghostington are you the one who makes it for him?

  • Sir Ghostington

    Sir Ghostington

    23 dögum síðan

    @Electric Spider he said its made in Austria, my home country

  • Electric Spider

    Electric Spider

    25 dögum síðan

    like how many in the USA get China to make it's products

  • ShowTimeWithBrandon
    ShowTimeWithBrandonMánuði síðan

    That's not a paradox. That's an incorrect assumption at the offset (that arrows are firm and not flexible). Incorrect premises always lead to incorrect conclusions. Welcome to debate theory.

  • mario yu
    mario yuMánuði síðan

    The thoughtless south africa evolutionarily gather because machine intralysosomally decay on a damaging decade. jazzy, macho freon

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