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Archer Lars Anderson demonstrates the dark art of ‘uncentering’ an arrow on release to bend its flight.

Achieved by a combination of air resistance and a deliberately offset shooting technique, the trick can send arrows around corners, over obstacles and even – with a sufficient headwind – right back to the archer.



John Green of Mental Floss sheds the light of science on thirty of the so-called ‘life hacks’ doing the rounds on the Interwebs of late.

Previously: Strange Deaths From History


A foolproof card trick invented by magician Jim Steinmeyer and demonstrated by BoingBoing’s Mark Frauenfelder, who found it on the Futility Closet Blog:

Remove any nine cards from an ordinary deck, shuffle them, and deal them face down into three piles. Choose any pile and note its bottom card. Then assemble the three piles into one, being sure to place the chosen pile on top.
Suppose the card you chose is the three of spades. Spell T-H-R-E-E, dealing one card face down onto the table with each letter. Place the remaining cards on top of these five and take up the whole packet. Now spell O-F, and again place the remaining cards on top of these two. Then spell S-P-A-D-E-S and place the remaining cards on top.
Now pick up the packet and spell M-A-G-I-C, dealing the final card face up. It’s the three of spades.

Go on. Get the cards.