The flight of an arrow is often used as a metaphor for going straight. Xeni Jardin says that Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame has a new show called Mythbusters, Jr. where he teams up with young people to see how straight an arrow flies. He recruits an expert archer Byron Ferguson who can shoot an apple thrown in the air. Pretty amazing.
How good is master archer Byron Ferguson, who is helping @donttrythis and his #MythBustersJr co-hosts out on tomorrow's Straight as an Arrow myth? Yeah. THIS GOOD. Watch Wednesday at 9p on @ScienceChannel. pic.twitter.com/3HLFVWUDNs
— MythBusters (@MythBusters) January 16, 2019
Then Ferguson tries to shoot an arrow through 12 rings each 3 inches in diameter lined up in a row and that proves too difficult. But that may not be his fault because the laws of physics will determine the trajectory of the arrow and if the arrangement of rings don’t match up, he can never succeed. I don’t know to what extent that was taken into account in setting up the rings. But that he managed to get through several rings is pretty impressive.
In testing the "straight as an arrow" idiom, master archer Byron Ferguson attempts to use a longbow to shoot an arrow through 12 3-inch-diameter rings. (Keyword: "attempts.") #MythBustersJr: Battery Blast premieres Wednesday at 9p on @ScienceChannel and streaming on #SCIgo. pic.twitter.com/6TGGwVju93
— Science Channel (@ScienceChannel) January 15, 2019