What is one thing you’ve ALWAYS wanted to see in slow motion? Don’t worry, I know. A lightning bolt.
Awesome! It’s really like a lightning web before it becomes a bolt.
In the last blog we looked at 10 human feats of speed ranging from eating fast to stacking fast. A lot of times it is difficult to appreciate the speed at which those tasks are performed because the human eye cannot process that much information that quickly. That is why we have recruited the help of technology to give us yet another super power. The ability to slow down time.
Well, not exactly. But we do have the power to slow down film to a rate where we can see unusually fast things in extreme slow motion. And the results are nothing short of awesome.
The history lesson:
The effect of slow motion, or slowmo, was invented by Austrian physicist August Musger. The technique works by filming something at a frame rate much faster than it will be played back, thereby giving the effect of watching time pass by slowly. For example, if a camera films at 48 frames per second (FPS), and the film is played back at the standard 24 FPS, then the effect would be to see the action at half speed.
The use of slowmo was popularized in film making by Japanese director Akira Kusosawa (Seven Samurai), and later saw use in American film making with directors like Sam Peckinpah (Wild Bunch). The concept of slowmo may have predated film making, first being used in Japanese Noh theater.
Since the Japanese popularized the use of slowmo, we see much use of it in popular media and television.
Here the modern samurai Isao Machii cuts a flying bb with a katana. He doesn’t have to dodge bullets, he cuts them in half!
Samurai cuts flying bb with katana
Here is another clip of a katana vs. a bullet. Proof of the incredible strength of Japanese sword making.
I think the best part of the video is the dubbing over the Japanese old man. “I told you! My swords rule!” =)
Katana vs. bullet
Did you think the last clip wasn’t cool enough? Then how about the same sword, going up against a 50 caliber machine gun?
Katana vs. .50 caliber Machine gun
The incredible sword cuts through 6 .50 bullets before finally giving in. If I ever get a sword for a present, I want a Japanese katana.
Slowmo became even more popular with the invention of High Speed Cameras which could film at thousands of FPS. Things previously not visible to the human eye are now rendered in extreme clarity. For example, we can now watch bullets slice through random objects. Destruction is always best in slow motion.
Bullets in slow motion
When you mom told you to not play with your food, she never said anything about not shooting it!
Previously used only for scientific research in large industries, High Speed Cameras became more commercially successful as costs for equipment and film became more affordable. Now such cameras are used in the field of media in shows like MythBusters. In the British show called Brainiac: Science Abuse, a popular segment is featured called “Things, but very slowly”.
A face slap very slowly
They sure picked a great subject to be slapped, the ripples through his face are priceless!
A water balloon popped very slowly
What good is a water balloon that doesn’t hit someone? Here we watch a water balloon hitting a face, but very slowly.
Water balloon to the face
Haha, I love how he is always the victim in these clips. His partner seems to have a fun job.
Ever wonder how popcorn works?
Popcorn, but very slowly
His narration makes popcorn sound so, sexy. Oh those spongy endosperms in that hot oil… mmmm….
As more people became interested in slow motion captures, film makers became more creative in what they decided to film. This one is as random as it could get.
A crossbow bolt through a fish tank
Next time you have a crossbow and an empty fish tank, you’ll know what to do.
A karate chop through a brick
This clip makes it even more impressive that he can break the block with his mushy deformed hand.
High speed cameras are getting ever faster. Using new technology that no longer employ a shutter and film, some cameras can film up to 25 million FPS. How anyone can even stand to watch film that slow is beyond me. That’ll really be like watching grass grow.
Hoped you learned something from this post and got some entertainment out of it. Please comment below!
Speed has always been a key ingredient of human success. And no, we’re not talking about the narcotic substance.
It was the fast hunters who made the kills and triumphantly returned to feed the villagers. It was the fast armies that out manuevered their enemies and achieved glory on the battlefields. And it is the fast athletes that get the big contracts and endorsement deals.
In a society where time equals money, speed is a valuable trait to have. If you can run fast like Usain Bolt or swim fast like Michael Phelps, your speed can make you a star and bring in the big bucks. Unfortunately for most of us, that only works if you are the fastest. Being 2nd best often doesn’t matter much at all. For example, do you remember who finished 2nd behind Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash?
If you didn’t know, it was Richard Thompson. Sound familiar?
If Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps’s success resulted from them being the fastest, does being the fastest in other things also bring success? That is the question we are looking to answer with the help of these 10 fastest humans.
We all know someone who chugged beers really fast in college. They were pretty successful when it came to partying, but can drinking fast bring you success in other ways? Watch this Japanese dude drink, wait, inhale this bottle of liquid.
The best part about it is the faces of the witnesses. They all look like they’ve just seen a ghost!
From drinking we go onto cooking and food.
Fastest pizza chef and fastest pizza eater
What a combo these two make! They could have a traveling show together.
So the pizza chef has been at the same Domino’s for 18 years? I guess cooking fast didn’t help his success much. And eating fast just looks disgusting after a while. Scratching those two off our list.
Hmm… maybe eating fast might not get you very far, but how about clapping? This guy actually holds the Guinness World Record for clapping! That’s gotta mean something.
Try using his technique and not end up looking like an idiot, it’s not possible.
There may not be any successful clappers, but there definitely are successful rappers. And this guy is the fastest of them all. That’s gotta guarantee success right?
It turns out you can’t really be a successful rapper if no one knows what you’re rapping about.
Okay, now moving into the world of business. Being fast in business has always led to success. Domino’s Pizza pioneered the fast pizza delivery and went from near bankruptcy to overnight success. Let’s see if the same can be said of being speedy in the office.
Many things a secretary does is repetitive and almost robotic. What about a secretary that can do those things even faster than a robot?
Maybe stamping fast isn’t that important for business success, but crunching numbers must be! Make sure you watch the whole clip.
Stupid Excel! She could have been a contender! She could have been somebody…
Okay, forget the office, let’s go out west and find some ACTION!
Fastest gun in the west
Bob Munden not only holds multiple world records, he’s also an arrogant SOB! Here he shows us his quick draw move and how he hits 2 targets with one shot. Or is it two shots… we don’t know, it’s too fast.
He seems like the most successful of the bunch so far, but let’s keep looking.
Child prodigies are always pretty successful. We had Bobby Fisher who became the youngest chess grandmaster, and Steven Purugganan seems to be on the same track, or should we say stack.
The future of stacking is limitless! Steven did make a Mcdonald’s commercial, making him the best success so far.
One thing we know is the geeks are successful. Just look at Bill Gates with those big glasses and nerdy grin. They labor hard into the night in front of their computers making black magic happen on our screens. So let’s look at some other geeks, really fast geeks.
Fastest Rubik’s cube solver
Can you believe the number of people attending this event? It’s almost as crazy as Domino day!
This last one is just plain ridiculous.
We wish we knew what he talks about in his intro. We are still wondering how he came upon this unique and strange skill.
Fastest Snooker maximum break
This clip doesn’t count since Ronnie O’Sullivan is already a very successful snooker player. But what he does here is amazing.
Maximum break means getting the maximum number of points in a game of snooker. It is extremely rare, and even rarer at this speed.
This was an unofficial video but he sure looks like the fastest we’ve ever seen.
Well there you have it folks, it seems that just being the fastest at something does not make you successful. It seems that it is also important to be the fastest at something many other people care about. But who knows, we could be wrong. Keep doing what you are doing and get ever faster doing it, at least you might get mentioned here.
In part 1 of our feature on Sport Science, we looked through the eyes of science and biomechanics at ball striking sports such as baseball, softball, and golf. Today, in the second part of the feature, we will look at a sport where the target being struck, is the athlete himself.
American Football is often considered the most demanding sport there is, both physically and mentally. Football players are incredibly strong and athletic, performing feats most of us could only dream of. At the same time they play under immense pressure, where the outcome of each play could be the difference between victory and defeat.
Every Sunday, millions of viewers gather in front of their TVs to watch these amazing athletes compete. And often we find ourselves wondering, do we have what it takes to be a professional football player? Lucky for us, Sport Science is here to answer just that question. And in order to do so, they have recruited stars like Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Chad Johnson, Ray Lewis, and Jerry Rice, the best of the best of the NFL.
We will look at each position on the football field and find out just what it takes to become a premier football player, using science and the study of bio-mechanics.
The Offensive Lineman
Offensive linemen are the biggest men on the football field. They are in charge of protecting the Quarterback, and also creating running lanes for the Running backs. However, very little focus is paid to what these men actually have to deal with. This episode takes us into the line of scrimmage to see what the offensive linemen have to deal with on every play of the game. You think you can handle Kris Jenkins? Just watch.
It is amazing to see the amount of technique that it requires to be an effective lineman. Not only are these guys big and strong, they also have solid fundamentals which help them use their strength to its maximum potential.
These guys are the secondary line of defense. They are fast, aggressive, and are a nightmare to Quarterbacks in a blitz or Running backs in the open field. In this episode we look at one of the best Linebackers in the game, Ray Lewis, and see just how much power he can hit with.
There we have it, Ray Lewis hit harder than a battering ram. Now imagine him running at you full speed on a football field…
The Running back
This is the blue collar grunt work position on the football field. It requires extreme toughness to carry the football and run straight into the teeth of the defense to gain those precious yards. The fear of any running back is the fumble. Therefore running backs are required to have great strength in order to hold onto the ball. But just how strong is their grip? Rudi Johnson steps up to the challenge, and the results are shocking.
Running backs do not only use their strength, but also great technique to make sure the ball is secure. Using the four point harness and keeping the ball tight will go a long way to reduce the number of fumbles of any aspiring running back.
The Wide receiver
The wide receiver is one of the more glamorous positions on a football team. They are the ones running full speed down field, and making spectacular catches for touchdowns. Our previous list looks at the best 10 catches in football, and will give you an idea just how athletic these guys really are. In this episode of Sport Science, two of the best wide receivers to have ever played the game, Chad Johnson and Jerry Rice, steps into the laboratory to demonstrate their athletic abilities.
Great lessons for wide receivers out there. Increase your range to become a bigger target, and use your fingertips to pull in those tough catches.
He is the leader, the field general, and sometimes the heart and soul of a football team. Great Quarterbacks can lead a team to greatness, and poor quarterbacks can doom their team to mediocrity. A quarterback has the most responsibility of anyone on the field. They have to call the plays, read the defense, make adjustments, and when that’s all done, they have to throw the ball accurately with defensive lineman and linebackers charging him at full sprint. No wonder even the best quarterbacks only complete 60% of his passes.
Drew Brees is one of the best passing QBs in history. He is the 2nd QB ever to throw for 5000 yards in a single season, and is the 2008 offensive player of the year. If anyone can hit a bulls eye, he can. Drew attempts to hit a bulls eye from 20 yards. And the results are astonishing.
Drew’s accuracy is unbelievable. Proving that professional football players are truly amazing athletes, and their multi-million dollar contacts are probably worth the work they have put into the game.
We saw a great defensive lineman, and we saw a great quarterback. But what if we put them against each other? Ben Roethlisberger and Luis Castillo go head to head to tell us the answers.
As Al Pacino says in his pregame speech, it really is a game of inches.
This will be the first part of a 2 part feature on Sport Science, a TV show dedicated to the use of science and biomechanics to unlock the mysteries behind the many aspects of professional sports.
Sport Science is a Fox Sports show which uses the latest in athletic technology to study the modern athlete. It applies the principles of the scientific method to answer intriguing questions and shatter long held myths about all the sports we love.
A typical episode begins with a general question. Some questions seek to compare sports, such as baseball vs. cricket, while other questions are aimed at athletes. Once the question has been posed, professional and amateur athletes are brought into the Sport Science facility and undergo a series of experiments. The results from the experiments are analyzed and a conclusion is presented.
One great part about the show are the big name athletes. We not only get to see stars like Ray Lewis, Fedor Emelianenko, Drew Brees, and Jerry Rice, but we also get to see the biomechanics that makes them so great. We get to see Ray Lewis crash through a bolted door, Drew Brees hit bulls eyes with a football, and Fedor crush a dummy with a choke hold. Another great part of the show are the technologies they use. Here’s a peek into the toys they get to play with on Sport Science.
Professional sports have always been heavily laden with myths and superstitions. People believe that boxers should not have sex before a fight, that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports, and hitting a golf ball Happy Gilmore style is impossible. Are they true, or just myths waiting to be debunked? Well, with Sport Science, we can finally answer those questions and many more.
Here are 5 of the best Sport Science clips that will change the way you think about these sports.
#5 Golf – The easiest way to gain an extra 10 yards on your drives
Having a long drive is one of the biggest advantages of a golf player. The best players have always been near the top of the list of long drivers. Sport Science looks into the biomechanics of the long drive, and how to add a few extra yards to your drive with very little effort. Here’s the secret.
#4 Golf – The Happy Gilmore golf swing
In the movie Happy Gilmore, Adam Sandler converts his hockey slap shot into a golf swing which he uses for his 400+ yard drives. But would that actually work in real life? 2008 PGA player of the year Padrick Harrington sets out to answer that question.
#3 Cricket – How does hitting in cricket compare with hitting in baseball?
Baseball can be said to have evolved from the game of cricket. But in which sport is hitting more difficult? In baseball it’s about the pitches’s speed and break. However in cricket the ball can bounce, and the players are not protected from being hit by the ball. Diamondback power hitter Mark Reynolds and an National team cricket player battles head to head to find out.
#2 Baseball – Is hitting a baseball the hardest thing to do in sports?
Facing a 95 mile an hour fastball is no joking matter. It goes from the pitcher’s hand to home plate in less than .4 of a second, faster than a human blink. Even the best hitters hit around .300. But is there something even more difficult to hit than a baseball? Jennie Finch attempts to prove there is.
#1 Boxing – The low blow
The most infamous low blow happened in Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota, with Golota being disqualified for repeated low blows. We (guys) all know how much it hurts to get hit in the family jewels, but why does it hurt so much? World class boxer Abner Mares helps us to uncover the mystery.
Since it’s not a professional sport, it is included as the bonus clip. Wiffle balls are incredibly difficult to hit, and the biomechanics of the game is very different from that of baseball. So what if the best Wiffle ball pitcher went up against a major league batter (James Loney)? The results are very surprising.
Sport Science is a great show and filled with tons of lessons that the amateur athlete can use to improve his/her game. The next part in the series will feature lessons we can use in our own pursuit of athletic greatness.
What are Japanese pranks?
If that one had you laughing, then you’ll definitely enjoy the rest of these pranks.
This is what someone wrote about Japanese pranks. “If it doesn’t cause psychological scarring, then it doesn’t count as a Japanese prank.” Oh how true that is.
Just a word of warning, DO NOT watch these at work. You WILL be laughing out loud and draw a great deal of attention to yourself. Unless that is permitted at work, watch these in the privacy of your rooms.
#9 Screaming prank
Wouldn’t it be fun to go around screaming at random strangers and recording their reactions? We might be nervous about the consequences, so let’s watch someone else do it in Japan!
#8 Wake up prank
Ever have trouble waking someone? Get these guys and your victim will be afraid to ever sleep again!
#7 The Ring prank
Ever watch the ring? Not like these girls. A good combination of funny/scare.
#6 100 vs. 1
Do most people go along with the crowd? In this case, you almost don’t have a choice!
#5 Hot water prank
Ever feel like someone is out to get you? Well this guy certainly should worry. His friends on a comedy show apparently has it out for him and is setting up hot water traps aimed at him all over the place. Although they are considerate with the ice bucket.
#4 Sniper prank
Based on a scene from the show 24. How would you react if snipers killed everyone around you? The show is called Panic Face King, and check out the face this guy makes.
#3 Kids vs. Zombie Prank
What would you do if you believed zombies were coming after you in your house? Would you make a stand and fight? That’s what these 3 kids did against the evil zombie.
#2 The ski lodge prank
Amazing setup, people caught completely unaware, and nudity on the ski slopes makes this one of the best ever.
#1 The port a potty prank
This one is people being caught in the most embarrassing moment possible. Classic.
Wow, that was a good workout for the abs. Thank God that some people in the world are willing to prank unsuspecting strangers without fear of consequences. We appreciate you.
Please comment below if you enjoyed these pranks, we would love to have your feedback.