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

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  1. Hello my name is name

    Hello my name is name17 soat oldin

    Muscle memory is a beast


    NORKIE18 soat oldin

    Sounds to me like we have the technology to make things better. Even with wood.

  3. Xyro911

    Xyro911Kun oldin

    I will say, this man is probably a hunter and or competitive. I prefer to learn weapons with a tactical use. I like to learn a bow, knife, gun, sword ect. With the intent of using it as a weapon, not a tool. Not dissing though, competitors and hunter have alot of skill going into what they do. They just wouldn't bode well against someone who is lethally trained.

  4. Cyan

    CyanKun oldin

    I would argue that the toy designer had a better design with the hole in the middle.

  5. LittleYorgee

    LittleYorgeeKun oldin

    It’s called practice. He isn’t doing any sort of math equation in his head. It’s funny to see how nerds try to explain something as simple as pointing and shooting. The wobble of an arrow is so small that it doesn’t matter. The guy literally just points and shoots.

  6. Super Stuff

    Super Stuff3 kun oldin

    Got me with that mirror shot lol

  7. Michael Zwart

    Michael Zwart3 kun oldin

    That`s not a longbow Dustin, thats a flatbow made of composite material. Maybe clear that up. I`m EU champion longbow and it is offensive to call his bow a longbow.

  8. Gregory Pilon

    Gregory Pilon4 kun oldin

    Two for flinching

  9. Green God

    Green God4 kun oldin

    2:26 I wonder if any of his neighbours see this. What must they think?

  10. Bartek Dymecki

    Bartek Dymecki4 kun oldin

    Heavy hunter arrows 💪🏼

  11. 0YouCanCallMeAl0

    0YouCanCallMeAl05 kun oldin

    OK he obviously doesn't KNOW EXACTLY where the tip will be, if he did he'd never miss.

  12. Erik Andersson

    Erik Andersson7 kun oldin

    He shot an aspirin? That had a much smaller impact after I misheard it as an astronaut first... Hmmm...

  13. Knightmare Fuel

    Knightmare Fuel10 kun oldin

    Or just shoot the arrow from the other side like it was meant too.....

  14. ハンナ

    ハンナ13 kun oldin


  15. A SKill

    A SKill13 kun oldin

    "Not bad..."

  16. Bean Time

    Bean Time14 kun oldin

    1:50 how many takes?

  17. polard keren

    polard keren14 kun oldin

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  18. whtvr -

    whtvr -16 kun oldin

    man this guys is getting odl and fat


    EMBRACING ASD17 kun oldin

    hmm, he is drawing the bow from te center, try a japanese bow... and then see what happens with the Archers Paradox.

  20. Jazmine The cat

    Jazmine The cat19 kun oldin

    Is there a paradox for recurve bows?

  21. David Duong

    David Duong22 kun oldin

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  23. mathewng1988

    mathewng1988Oy oldin

    This reminds me of the time the Slow Mo guys shot their camera.

  24. RustCole01

    RustCole01Oy oldin

    If Percy from the Green Mile were watching this video he would insult your arrow for being a limp noodle....

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  26. Sym doxe

    Sym doxeOy oldin

    Dude's a wizard!

  27. Dreamcyfer

    DreamcyferOy oldin

    I don't care what science is in play, I practiced archery for years growing up and I always shot by just "feeling" where was going to go from countless previous fires...that's the truth, he doesn't need to "KNOW" in his mind anymore how many flops the arrow will make....he just visualizes what he wants to happen and let's it happen...that goes for ALL shooting really. I have done quick-draw with balloons and all that...the more you THINK about what is going on and what you are doing, the worse you will preform....It's not a "think thing" it's a "feel thing", not witchcraft either. Just the marvel of the human minds ability to outperform the ghost so-to-speak...Until after the fact with a slo-mo then you can pick it apart with science...But guarantee that guy doesn't have to really think more than a moment for those shots and it's not possible to calculate that fast, it's feel...

  28. Randy Bracciodieta

    Randy BracciodietaOy oldin

    Only a warlock would purposely break a mirror, that’s bad luck for 7 years bro

  29. Randy Peddycoart

    Randy PeddycoartOy oldin

    Awesome! Can you make an updated video to this please! The arrow shots are so cool to watch in slow motion! More Please :)

  30. Jyotiraditya Deka

    Jyotiraditya DekaOy oldin

    Boomers : How do you kids aim so good in video games with your *Electronic computer mouse* Also Boomers :

  31. David Villasenor

    David VillasenorOy oldin

    you got to watch Lars Anderson he takes this to a whole another level

  32. Tylor Banks

    Tylor BanksOy oldin

    Snipers of the archery world

  33. Akash G

    Akash GOy oldin

    "Please consider subscribing" That sounds so much nicer than the typical line

  34. Hopkins Tree Experts

    Hopkins Tree ExpertsOy oldin

    I hate that after watching your channel for years I am just now realizing I haven’t subbed

  35. Vincent Pang

    Vincent PangOy oldin

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    RE AIOOy oldin

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  37. Scared spooder

    Scared spooderOy oldin

    I thought he actually shot the camera lens

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    omfg just play rust......

  39. Maryetta Jeanmarie

    Maryetta JeanmarieOy oldin

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  40. Kirtikumar Kadam

    Kirtikumar KadamOy oldin

    its snakes around lyk a dik!!!

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    Sole IceOy oldin

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  42. mike hill

    mike hillOy oldin

    I wanted to see Demetri catch the arrow in flight like the old days near Mongolia.

  43. Dave Haskell

    Dave HaskellOy oldin

    The funny thing is, is when your actually using a bow non of this is actually an issue. Its happening, you may or may not be aware of it, but, do you need to know this to be proficient with a

  44. Zz k a r m a zZ

    Zz k a r m a zZOy oldin

    When competing yes you do

  45. Arun Kumar

    Arun Kumar2 oy oldin

    आज का अर्जुन

  46. Bryanmendiola Mendiola

    Bryanmendiola Mendiola2 oy oldin

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  47. ᆞIKEpenn

    ᆞIKEpenn2 oy oldin

    Byron is no match for Lars anderson

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  49. Xeon

    Xeon2 oy oldin

    5 Years later the algorithm comes in clutch.

  50. David Carpenter

    David Carpenter2 oy oldin

    Cool love that guy ,,, going to have to remember it if I ever try a long bow ... I'm doing the recurve thing right now ... Thanks ... David ...

  51. Byambaa Battulga

    Byambaa Battulga2 oy oldin

    Kindly suggesting a channel: Altan Ifo, about Mongolian Horseback Archery

  52. ogre lg

    ogre lg2 oy oldin

    то что стрела гнется это прекрасно. Но простой эксперимент легко отменит всю эту теорию. Достаточно заложить стрелу не со стороны указательного пальца, а с другой стороны. Смотрите на 2:49. И подумайте что будет если стрелу заложить с другой стороны. А если думалка не работает - просто сделайте примитивный лук и сравните.

  53. russo thuga

    russo thuga2 oy oldin

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  54. Daniel Ingram

    Daniel Ingram2 oy oldin

    The twisting of the string in foreign alternative shooting techniques. What effects to the arrow occur when an archer twists the string before release? Just thinking.

  55. Rach B

    Rach B2 oy oldin

    Byron needs his own series of videos on all things archery! He's so cool. 😎

  56. James Quirk

    James Quirk2 oy oldin

    keeps repeating a shot until it happens. he sucks. look up Stacy Grosscup a true expert

  57. Master E

    Master E2 oy oldin

    5 yea ago but still helpful. No wonder my makeshift bow and arrow never worked :0

  58. Luke Arts

    Luke Arts2 oy oldin

    such a shame that you block the entire outro with a ref to another (as nifty is it may be) video. It literally obscures 99% of the screen. I only get to see ambient colors from the outer 2px frame... Other than that, awesome useful video, as usual!!

  59. RobynTheHood

    RobynTheHood2 oy oldin

    I like this guy

  60. Cid Gundyr

    Cid Gundyr2 oy oldin

    Hawkeye is this your great grandfather?

  61. Tolly Zhang

    Tolly Zhang2 oy oldin

    6:34 Who else thought that was the camera lens

  62. BlondHairedDominic

    BlondHairedDominicOy oldin


  63. Jeff Flipp

    Jeff Flipp2 oy oldin

    Where did you get that bombers shirt? That’s the same colors and mascot from my high school.

  64. Tyler Evans

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  65. C SwanSong

    C SwanSong2 oy oldin

    Very cool video...!!!! Thank you 😊

  66. Nelson Stack

    Nelson Stack2 oy oldin

    pair of dockers. oceans tide. lol.

  67. No Scratch Lifestyle

    No Scratch Lifestyle2 oy oldin

    Robin hood.

  68. Avagesh Marcus

    Avagesh Marcus2 oy oldin

    He made an old man look really cool 2:48

  69. Garrett Widner

    Garrett Widner2 oy oldin

    This is excellent content. Deserves at least, oh, 14 million views.

  70. Jim James

    Jim James2 oy oldin

    Science and engineering rock.




  72. vikas tiwari

    vikas tiwari2 oy oldin

    That man is a legend 🙏

  73. maxsight

    maxsight2 oy oldin

    Truly 'mindbending'!

  74. crazyjr

    crazyjr2 oy oldin

    So basically, it's like the movie Wanted, only with arrows, not bullets. The arrow curves around the bow

  75. Matt Page

    Matt Page3 oy oldin

    Love the RHS shirt. Very cool to see.

  76. Raymond Lo

    Raymond Lo3 oy oldin

    6:33 moment you know you should not touch his daughter...

  77. Glenn Thoughts

    Glenn Thoughts3 oy oldin

    Byron: "Lucky me" Smarter Everday: " Whatever man" 🤣😂

  78. Dylan Zrim

    Dylan Zrim3 oy oldin

    I know it’s 5 years old, but in my yard, I’d shoot a rabbit sized target from 10meters. And then from 20. At 10 the target would tumble for a few feet. At 20 the arrow just hits it like it’s any other target, it barely moves. Arrows get faster as they fly yes? This would mean at 10 feet the arrow is going slow enough to hit harder? Think armour piercing rifle ammo vs hollow point pistol, rifle will slow and deform less, leaving a small(er) hole, from the same range as the pistol hollow point. But take that rifle, shoot it from a point where the projectile slows down considerably before hitting the target and the results would be night and day. Incoherent ramble over.

  79. JewelTheJaguar 742

    JewelTheJaguar 7423 oy oldin

    I've always wanted to try archery

  80. Nick Koiter

    Nick Koiter3 oy oldin

    ruined the end by the massive link button

  81. Israel

    Israel3 oy oldin

    WELL WELL WELL, CodE BuLlEt ViEweRs waTcH this so I MIGHT AS WELL!!

  82. WaterWarrior36

    WaterWarrior363 oy oldin

    please daddy shoot me with the wiggle snake

  83. Fernando matsumoto

    Fernando matsumoto3 oy oldin

    wow, buddy... such a great video!

  84. The 6 Paths Of Anime

    The 6 Paths Of Anime3 oy oldin

    But how is this a paradox. It’s just physics

  85. kurzackd

    kurzackd3 oy oldin

    1:58 - b*I*ndable. ... Iowa? -_-

  86. Benjamin Hackett

    Benjamin Hackett3 oy oldin

    Another trick he uses is that his longbow has a shooting notch in it, I noticed. There will still be significantly more wobble in the arrow than a modern compound bow, but the notch helps compared to a traditional English warbow, which had no notch and therefore would push the arrow to the side more. The wobble of his arrow is present, but not much more than one arrow width. Also, I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that he shoots from a known distance so that he can always hit at the nodal point, similar to knife throwing. All that said, even if the wobble didn't matter in his shots whatsoever (but it does to some degree), his accuracy, precision, and timing are unreal. I.e. on the first two, his accuracy is how close to center he consistently hits and his precision is how small a group he can consistently hit. Most modern pistol, or even rifle, shooters cannot hit a moving target the size of an aspirin at any distance, and plinksters usually spend much more time aiming their shot that he does.

  87. Le Retard

    Le Retard3 oy oldin

    Wtf who tf shoots an arrow with the bow inclined to the right instead of keeping it erect

  88. Chrisi234

    Chrisi2343 oy oldin

    i cant handle these slomo sounds since i saw the video that showed exactly how fake they are. I appriciate the thought of adding sound and i did like it but it freaks me out now


    GAMMARAZOR3 oy oldin

    4:57 Did- Did they just break into his house with a camera and he just went along with it?

  90. Nico Modenese

    Nico Modenese3 oy oldin

    I thought he shot the camera lol

  91. N M

    N M3 oy oldin

    Byron is a god and super humble guy.

  92. Graph Guy

    Graph Guy3 oy oldin

    A man’s man and a great American legend

  93. flanker

    flanker3 oy oldin

    What if you were shooting an unbending arrow? Like woven carbon fibre or even aluminium? I imagine the arrow would just go left in that case?

  94. Juliana Louise Tan

    Juliana Louise Tan3 oy oldin

    while youre at it when shooting target at a distance using trajectory angle (300 movie or gladiator) does it still have enough velocity to penetrate flesh let alone shields in phalanx formation

  95. Steve Adamo

    Steve Adamo3 oy oldin

    What an awesome video! Good job 👍👍

  96. Kawika Lo

    Kawika Lo3 oy oldin

    6.8k dislikes? I mean, what's there to dislike? Is he too good for some people? Are there people better than this? Is the information wrong? What is it?

  97. Andrew Davis

    Andrew Davis3 oy oldin

    I swear I thought that was tommy lee Jones 😂

  98. GhostRider2224

    GhostRider22243 oy oldin

    This is all lies, he’s still a warlock

  99. Maxi Bwoy

    Maxi Bwoy3 oy oldin

    The arrow is TWERKING

  100. Alex T

    Alex T3 oy oldin


  101. Chris Wu

    Chris Wu3 oy oldin

    1:51 I felt that

  102. Shogun Autoworks

    Shogun Autoworks3 oy oldin

    Suddenly I understand carbon fiber and aluminum arrow

  103. RatdogDRB

    RatdogDRB3 oy oldin

    Mr. Byron Ferguson IS "The Man" for longbow shooting !! I've got a couple of his DVDs. Love this little tidbit on arrow spine spec. Makes perfect sense.