On the set of Blade: Trinity, Jessica Biel was supposed to fire an arrow directly at the camera, so the camera was surrounded by Plexiglass except for a 2" x 2" square in front of the camera lens. Biel managed to shoot the arrow through the hole and destroy the $300,000 camera. youtu.be/VApoQKeCcVk
Yamato, the largest battleship in history at 863 feet in length, was so big that she had forward- and aft-pointing arrows painted in the interior so sailors don't get lost ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?s…
Today I learned about Arash, a heroic archer-figure of Iranian mythology. According to folklore, at the end of the Iran-Turan war, Arash imbued an arrow with his life energy and fired it. The arrow traveled a thousand leagues, and where it landed marked the new border between the warring countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The use of mistletoe as a Christmas decoration derives from a Norse myth. Norse god, Balder's only weakness was the mistletoe plant. On learning this Loki, the god of mischief carved arrows from the branches of plant which were used to kill Odin's son. history.co.uk/articles/ho…
Canada once developed and cancelled production in 1959 of a fighter jet called the Avro Arrow that was decades ahead of any other jet in the world. Rumors ran rampant for decades of one being hidden away in the UK, in 2011 an ejection seat was found in the UK ctvnews.ca/avro-arrow-mys…
The gas icon in the cluster guage of your car has an arrow that points to the side your gas tank is on jalopnik.com/the-inventor…
There is a yearly event in Hungary where various peoples of Asian nomadic celebrate the first week of August called the Great KurultΓ‘j. In addition to a nations parade, they ride horses, shoot arrows, etc. Hungary, Turkey, Mongolia, the ex Soviet states, and even Manchus participate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
An unsolved problem in physics is the arrow of time. Physical processes at the microscopic level are time-symmetric: if the direction of time were to reverse, the theoretical statements that describe them would remain true. But at the macroscopic level, this is not the case. frontiersin.org/articles/…
Today I learned of the maned rat from Africa. The only poisonous rodent, and only mammal to use toxins from another species to defend itself. If threatened, its mane erects and exposes an area for the predator to bite that has absorbent hairs it has smeared with poison from the bark of the poison arrow tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Alexander the Great once suffered an arrow wound that pierced his lung. He fought on as long as he could, but eventually collapsed on his shield. His army was able to protect him long enough to win the battle and to escape. They cut the arrow out of his chest and amazingly he fully recovered. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
It took 8 days to deliver Lincoln's Inaugural Address by Pony Express to California, critical to the state's decision on secession. Young "Pony-Bob" Haslam, riding through Nevada territory fought Paiute Indians, receiving arrow wounds to his arm and jaw but still finished his leg in record time. americancowboy.com/ranch-…
Magellan didn’t actually circumnavigate the globe. He was killed by a poisoned arrow in the Philippines, and his expedition (under the leadership of Juan Sebastian de Elcano) completed the trip without him. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Japanese warrior named Saitō Musashibō Benkei is said to have killed in excess of 300 trained soldiers by himself while defending a bridge. He was so fierce in close quarters that his enemies were forced to kill him with a volley of arrows. He died standing upright. military.wikia.org/wiki/B…
The band Rush stopped using guitar amps on stage, instead replacing them with useful appliances like washing machines. During their Snakes And Arrows tour, a roadie in a chicken suit basted rotisserie chickens behind them. youtu.be/QuL_euRslTc?t=60
Rod Serling got the idea for the Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" from a conversation with a friend, to whom he paid $500 for the rights. More people would pitch episode ideas to Serling in person over the years, but none were ever produced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
That, in 13th-century Norway, hunting elk with bows and Arrows while skiing was made illegal in order to maintain the local elk population. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The skin of a honey badger is so thick that it can withstand multiple machete blows, arrows, and spears. The only sure way to kill one is via a club to the skull or gunshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
The Toda tribal people from South India practiced polyandry for centuries. A Toda woman when married was automatically married to her husband's brothers. When the wife became pregnant, one husband would ceremonially give a bow and arrow to the wife, and would be the father of that child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
During the making of Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood, stuntmen were shot with actual arrows by a professional archer. They were paid $150 per arrow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Ancient Mongol Warriors were said to have worn silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break the silk but ends up embedding the arrow in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open. blog.patra.com/2014/05/29…
In 1915 the Boy Scouts created a secret society with its own symbols, handshakes, and private rituals. It was eventually named "Order of the Arrow" and was inspired by Native American and Masonic culture. Their society was also influenced by the poem "Hiawatha" and novel "Last of the Mohicans". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ord…
The Presidential seal doesn't change in a time of war. The eagle usually faces the olive branch, but on the Resolute desk, it faces the arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
There have been 32 nuclear weapons accidents since 1950s. They are known as "Broken Arrows". 6 have been lost and never recovered. atomicarchive.com/almanac…
The famous Juan Ponce De Leon was an adventurer until he took an arrow to the thigh ducksters.com/biography/e…
The Persian Empire counted how many soldiers in a battle died through counting the arrows that each soldier would place in a basket before a battle. When the soldiers came back, they each picked up an arrow and the remaining arrows would be counted to calculate the total amount of deaths warhistoryonline.com/inst…
An Irish postman was able to deliver a letter with no written address, but had a hand-drawn map of the delivery area with β€œHere please” written on an arrow pointing to an illustration of a lighthouse. The letter had been sent by a blogger who regularly challenged the postal service. irishexaminer.com/ireland…
In traditional Mongolian weddings, still practised in remote areas, the groom is attired as a warrior and armed with bow and arrows, wearing a sky blue tunic with a black-trimmed red overskirt, and goes to the home of the bride on horseback, accompanied by four or five men taiwantoday.tw/news.php?u…
Commodus, a Roman emperor often portrayed in media as vile and cruel, would shoot hundreds of animals with arrows and javelins every morning, and fought as a gladiator every afternoon, winning all the fights. He was strangled by his wrestler partner and declared a public enemy post death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of Saitō Musashibō Benkei, a Japanese warrior who is said to have killed in excess of 300 trained soldiers by himself while defending a bridge. He was so fierce in close quarters that his enemies were forced to kill him with a volley of arrows. He died standing upright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about the Transcontinental Airway System, a network of about 1,550 concrete arrows and beacons on the ground that helped American pilots fly at night. The arrows were used from the 1920s until the 1950s when radar and other technological advances rendered them obsolete. mercurynews.com/2016/01/0…
Today I learned about PfeilstΓΆrche, storks who appeared in Europe with arrows stuck in their bodies. The arrows were from African hunters, providing proof of migration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfe…
In 525 BC, the Battle of Pelusium marked Egypt’s decisive defeat by the Persians and a milestone of psychological warfare. As Eygptian considered cats as sacred, the Persian Army used Cats as a shield. The Egyptians did not dare to shoot their arrows for fear of wounding the animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
It's actually possible to shoot arrows around corners/obstacles youtube.com/watch?v=qc_z4…
Skilled archers can shoot arrows so they turn in the air, hitting targets behind obstacles youtube.com/watch?v=qc_z4…
Heels were first made by the Persian cavalry to keep stability while shooting arrows. It later became popular in Europe as masculine symbol until 1630 when women followed the fashion. First a military asset then a masculine symbol and now feminine. bbc.com/news/magazine-211…
Joan Jett's song "I Love Rock N' Roll" is actually a cover song. The original one was sung by a group called The Arrows. youtube.com/watch?v=8AT_P…
King Henry V survived being shot in the face by an arrow when he was the their to the throne. youtube.com/watch?v=pppnM…
In 2003, North Korea suggested several symbols which were included in international Unicode, later becoming emojis. They requested β˜• to mark tea houses on maps and ⚐ & βš‘ for military battles and victories. They also requested ⬆, ⬇, β¬… (but no right arrow), β˜”, ⚑, ⚠ and ⏏. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KPS…
Today I learned of a sport named archery tag, a dodgeball-esque game that use foamed tipped arrows archerytag.com/about
Chumash hunters would dress like deer and graze alongside their prey until they were close enough to fire an arrow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Today I learned of the Standing Death of Benkei, a large, Japanese Warrior monk who fought off hundreds of trained warriors so that his master had enough time to commit ritual suicide. He was finally killed after being riddled with arrows, but he remained standing after death. britannica.com/topic/Benk…
The hwacha was a rocket launcher from 15th century Korea, which fired up to 200 rocket-powered arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwa…
Henry V survived being struck by an arrow in the face at the age of 16. It was buried 6 inches deep and had to be slowly removed over the course of several days. medievalists.net/2013/05/…
In 2016 a group of British children directed a police helicopter to the location of suspect by laying down and forming an arrow. cnn.com/2016/04/03/europe…
Today I learned of the Talheim Death Pit, a mass grave dating to 5000BC, containing the remains of 34 bodies, bearing some of the earliest evidence of habitual warfare, including fatal adze, axe and arrow wounds to the back of the head. It has been suggested that this site represents an early form of genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
"Archers Paradox". Whilst straight, arrows were actually designed to flex and bend in flight youtube.com/watch?v=O7zew…
In 1859, the aboriginals of Andaman islands armed just with Arrows and spears, went on a battle against the highly armed British who had setup a penal colony in Andaman, only to be crushed within a few hours, as they didn't know the British had already been tipped off about the impending attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In the 1500s, Incas had cotton armor so densely woven it could repel spears and arrows almost as well as metal armor pintsofhistory.com/2011/0…
There's a stone age tribe of people untouched by civilization who kill you with arrows if you come near their island badassoftheweek.com/index…

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