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  • Hey it's me Destin, welcome back to Smarter Every Day.

  • I know when you think about archery you think about Nottingham,

  • and one guy in particular, Robin Hood.

  • But I'm gonna tell you about a guy today in my home town

  • that might even be better than Robin Hood.

  • You're getting Smarter Every Day.

  • (someone in distance) - Hey!

  • Hey, he might!

  • - (Brady Haran) Better than Robin Hood?

  • (Destin) [UK accent] He might be!! [laughs] Let's check it out, we'll see.

  • You gonna agree with me Ms. Wanda?

  • - I will.

  • (Destin) For years in high school I heard about this famous archer in town

  • that can hit anything you threw at him.

  • And now I'm at his house drinking his sweet tea.

  • - I shot that moose in Newfoundland.

  • - This is Byron Ferguson.

  • He and his wife travel all over the world doing exhibition shooting at live events.

  • I politely asked if what I heard was true and if I could make a slow motion video about what he does.

  • So Byron you wanna tell em what we're gonna do today?

  • - Well what we're gonna do today is some exhibition shooting,

  • starting with a wooden disk tossed up in the air

  • and then we'll see what the smallest target is we can hit.

  • - Alright.

  • - But first we gotta hit this wooden disk.

  • - Start with the wood disk, work our way down.

  • We've got a Phantom Miro, that's kind of why I'm here,

  • I'm running the high speed camera.

  • So, let me get to that.

  • [music]

  • [Crash] (Destin) Impressive,

  • but let's quantify exactly how difficult that was.

  • In geometry there's an equation for something called circle packing.

  • It's a way to determine how many little circles of a certain size

  • you can fit inside of a bigger circle.

  • You can pack 310 arrows into the presented area of the wooden disk.

  • The next target cuts the circle packing number down from 310 to only 55.

  • (Destin) How did daddy convince you to throw stuff for him the first time?

  • - I had no choice. He told me to do it, so I had to.

  • - [laughs]

  • (Destin) Alright, he hit that too.

  • Let's cut the circle packing number down from 55 to 21.

  • According to geometry, this is over twice as hard.

  • [Bump sound] OK how's he doing this?

  • I can understand how a modern archer can do this with a compound bow

  • because he has a really complicated sighting system.

  • The archer looks at the sighting pins at the front of the bow

  • using a peep sight that's attached to his string in the back.

  • These pins are aligned based on a bunch of different ballistic variables

  • like the tension of the bow and the weight of the arrow etc.

  • Byron Ferguson does not shoot a modern bow.

  • He shoots a longbow that he designs himself,

  • and he doesn't have any form of sights on it.

  • His brain is like a ballistic fire control computer.

  • It's not just about accuracy though, it's also about timing.

  • Once he figures out where the target is going to be,

  • then he has to be accurate enough and well timed enough with a 70lb bow

  • to hit that target.

  • So he can hit a golf ball.

  • Let's go to something over 4 times more difficult, a life saver.

  • [Clank]

  • [Swoosh]

  • [Crunch... Pooof]

  • This is amazing, but we are at our last option,

  • a single aspirin tablet.

  • Finally, a miss. Well, kind of.

  • According to the high speed his accuracy was dead on.

  • You can see that the aspirin tablet jumped

  • straight up from the arrow shaft

  • which means he was lined up perfectly.

  • His timing however was off by a whopping 8 milliseconds.

  • Obviously, this is still super impressive.

  • Byron however is disappointed,

  • and asks me if he could do it again.

  • The rumors were true.

  • There's a guy from my home town in Alabama that can literally hit anything you throw at him with a bow and arrow.

  • Let's see what he has to say about how he does it.

  • - People ask me all the time how can you hit an aspirin tablet?...

  • Cause I'm shooting at the center.

  • The center of the aspirin tablet is exactly the same size as the center of a beach ball.

  • Always shoot at the center.

  • - The center of an aspirin tablet is the exact same size as the center of a beach ball.

  • - Correct.

  • - It's just a point isn't it?

  • - A very minute point.

  • - Pretty awesome.

  • Alright, that was one of the more manly episodes of Smarter Every Day.

  • And another manly activity.. [gunshot].. is shaving.

  • That brings us to our sponsor today.

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  • On Smarter Every Day.

  • The sponsor is Harrys.com.

  • I actually used Harrys before they were a sponsor for Smarter Every Day so I'm not just saying this,

  • it actually is a product that I use and I like it.

  • You go to Harrys.com and use the promo code "SMARTER" and you get a really cool shave kit.

  • The way it works is they send you the razor,

  • they send you the refills,

  • and the way it works is, once it goes bad you just pop the old one off,

  • pop the new one on and you're good to go.

  • It works really well.

  • This one's called the Winston, this one's called the Truman.

  • The Truman comes in a bunch of different colors.

  • But if you want to support Smarter Every Day,

  • go to Harrys.com, use the promo code Smarter.

  • It actually ends up to be pretty cheap.

  • It's cheaper than those disposable ones at the grocery store.

  • These are better too.

  • 5 blades. I like it.

  • So there you go.

  • I think you'll enjoy it.

  • Go to Harrys.com, use the promo code Smarter.

  • If you think we've earned your subscription here on Smarter Every Day,

  • click right over there to subscribe.

  • I'm Destin, you're getting Smarter Every Day.

  • Have a good one.

  • - Byron Ferguson?

  • - Yes!

  • - He's awesome! Forget Robin Hood!

  • [laughs]

  • I mean, could you show us a video about Byron Ferguson?

  • - I can. Let's do that right now. [laughs]

  • And another manly activity is..

  • [gunshot]

  • missing what you're shooting at.

  • - You don't put that arrow on the string,

  • you just hold it like that.

  • - Yeah.

  • - And then, right down the lens.

  • - [laughs] That is so messed up looking.

  • Well there's two different types of razors.

  • The one that I use a lot is called.. [gunshot].. the Winston.

  • But there's another one that you can use called the Truman.

  • [gunshot]

  • [laughter]

  • Did you learn down here on the creek?

  • - Some of it, yep.

  • - Flint Creek?

  • - Flint Creek shooting at garfish.

  • - There's a lot of stuff learned down on Flint Creek isn't it?

  • [laughs]

  • [Sound of an arrow hitting a target]

Hey it's me Destin, welcome back to Smarter Every Day.

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