Episode 78: Walking on Water

Air Date: April 25, 2007

Ninjas have the ability to run across water.

busted

To test this myth, Adam tried various special shoe designs, including Mizu gumo, which were meant to increase the his surface area on the water or increase his buoyancy. However, the shoes either failed to keep Adam afloat or made too much noise as he tried to cross the body of water. Jamie then created a Non-Newtonian fluid from a mixture of water and corn starch, which made the water solid enough for Adam to run across unaided. However, it is unlikely that ninjas had access to large amounts of corn starch, so the myth was busted.

Ninjas can catch arrows in midair.

busted

To start off, Jamie fired arrows blunted with tennis balls while Adam tried to catch them. Though it took several tries, Adam did manage to catch the arrows flying through the air. However, these arrows were only moving at a third of the speed as a normal arrow. In order to test a full speed arrow, Adam and Jamie built an artificial hand that could close with both human and superhuman speed. The artificial hand managed to catch the arrow easily in superhuman speed, but the human strength setting was just not powerful enough to grip the arrow in time.

(This myth was revisited in Episode 109: Return of the Ninja, with similar results.)

Ninjas can catch a sword in between their bare palms.

busted

To test this myth, the build team constructed a machine to swing a sword as well as a pair of artificial hands to try and catch it. However, during their tests, the hands were simply not fast enough to catch the sword, plus they suffered damage as they attempted to stop the blade. When they consulted an expert, he pointed out that it would be more prudent to either block or dodge the sword rather than trying to catch it with your bare palms. He did show that with the use of Ninja Shuko Climbing Claws, he could easily block a sword with a single hand.

73 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    awwww… shucks… ninjas are so cool though.

  2. Dead Serious says:

    Umm…I remember seeing a guy catch arrows out of mid-air on the old ABC show “That’s Incredible!” I would think that’s proof enough that it can be done.

    • Your wrong says:

      It’s called movie work

      they change it to make it look like they cought it!!

  3. James says:

    Generally all of the arrows you see being caught are either from a very long range or using a fairly weak longbow. Re-curve and compound bows have a much higher velocity.

    I would have to agree though, since even those lighter weight bows are real bows. And the arrows are normal real arrows. Then it can be done.

  4. Sam says:

    Here’s a video of someone catching an arrow:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=uLj8eK814o0

  5. Guillaume says:

    The problem with their arrow test was actually a bit glaringly obvious – for once I’m disappointed with their thoroughness. They neglected to make the robotic hand move! When you go to catch an arrow, you don’t keep your hand in one spot and hope for the best. You can move your arm along with the arrow, decreasing the relative velocity of the arrow and giving you a longer window of time to make a successful catch. They should have factored this in somehow, but alas they just fired an arrow at a stationary robotic hand and concluded from that that the window of opportunity was too small.

  6. Jawa says:

    Look at Adam!

  7. jamoecw says:

    the catching blade thing was done by using the climbing claws and using two hands to catch the blade with the claws, not the hands, which would allow the ninja to disarm his opponent.

    as for the arrow thing, that was not jsut ninjas that did that, it was a parlor trick across the middle east as well (due to the abundance of low powered bows during early persian era), and i doubt they used period japanese long bows fired at range. i beleive that japanese longbows were weaker than europian longbows, but my perception might be scewed due to the fact that i mainly look at welsh longbows over the other europian longbows.

  8. Chris says:

    The myth wasn’t necessarily even that an arrow or sword could be caught, but wether it would be practical to do so under battle field conditions.

  9. Carissa says:

    The myth with the ninja water shoes:
    What if they tried walking on water on all fours?? Like the water spider? This would distribute body weight more evenly over the surface tension of the water, thus more chance of floatation for silent, sneaky ninja. Please try it? Without plunging feet first?

    The quality of the wood: Was balsa would accessible in 16th century? Maybe try something that’s not particle board?

    Just some ideas…

    • MSpears says:

      What they missed is that ANYONE can walk on water, and the only equipment you need is… water, and a solid floor.

      Fill a glass with water. Pour it on a tile floor. Now start walking. Congratulations… you’re walking on water! ;-)

  10. Brian says:

    Generally all of the arrows you see being caught are either from a very long range or using a fairly weak longbow. Re-curve and compound bows have a much higher velocity.

    “I would have to agree though, since even those lighter weight bows are real bows. And the arrows are normal real arrows. Then it can be done.”

    How many time would an archer shoot an arrow at someone at 5 feet away

  11. Mason says:

    You guys can’t catch arrow or sword,that’s because you don’t learn the skill deeply.

  12. voltaire says:

    the art of catching arrows not only involves the speed a hand closes around the shaft, it also involves moving your hand and body to match the trajectory of the arrow…. given the intensions of the combatant an arrow is generally aimed at the body of the opponent and therefore a the motion of the target is already in motion to evade, and the technique is aimed at deflecting not catching.

  13. Brad Hoehne says:

    With respect two the “walking on water” and “catching an arrow” portions of this very enjoyable episode, I think the failure of the Mythbusters to reproduce the myths comes down to a simple lack of practice. It seems not unlikely that Adam, fine human specimen that he is, was not the ideal test subject for determining the efficacy of the various “walking on water” shoes. Perhaps an expert, well-trained in Ninjitsu (sp?) skills and a bit more fleet of foot, might be able to achieve a bit of cross-water tiptoeing with, for instance, the Mizu Gumo sandals.

    I think two things were missing in the “catching the arrow myth”. First, as Guillhaume pointed out, the prospective arrow-catcher may be able to move his or her hand in the direction of the arrow’s flight, effectively reducing the relative hand/arrow speed. Second, one could reduce the need for superhuman reaction time by simply anticipating the probable trajectory of the as-yet-unfired shot, much as batters in baseball are able to partially anticipate the potential trajectory of a pitch before it actually leaves the pitchers hand. There’s a brief window of time, while the bow is drawn back, in which the arrow catcher could visually gauge the probable direction and velocity of the soon-to-be-fired arrow.

  14. Brad Hoehne says:

    … and one more thing: In stopping a sword with the palms of the hands, one could similarly anticipate the direction and velocity of the blade and move the hands along with that motion, thus reducing the relative hand/blade motion. Seems less plausbile, though.

  15. Lewis says:

    man, no catching arrows? no catching bullets with your teeth? what about “The Last Dragon?” it documented bruce leroy doing both!

  16. Chris says:

    catching arrow, still not a good idea to try un an actual combat scenario, if you have the time and leisure to anticipate the trajectory and timing of a bow shot, especially at range, and especially if we are talking about weaker bows, you definately have the time and ability to move out of the way. Walking on water, again, berhaps possible, but completely impractical, remember the thing about burying poles underwater? Seems a lot easier, less strenuous way to acheive the same effect. Why would anyone train, for as long as it would take, to learn how to perform a parlor trick, when there is a simpler way, that looks just as good, and has less chance of backfiring?

  17. Tix says:

    I’m from brazil…my english is not so good…In the myth that a ninja can
    catch an arrow on midair…Adam and Jamie do completely wrong…you need catch it making a circular moviment with your body…You can’t catch it …when the arrow touch your hand u make thye moviment..try it…i bet you will catch it

  18. Laura says:

    i saw someone catch an arrow on ripleys believe it or not. it was from alot further away. but he still did it.

  19. Jay says:

    Did anyone bother writing in? Mythbusters are famous for doing revisits of previous myths. Since they (Adam) seems to love Ninja myths they might be happy to revisit the whole show.

  20. Jay says:

    Just another bit of myth-fact..

    MIZU GUMO DESCRIPTION:
    A Mizu Gumo is a water crossing device that was used by the ninja. It was an inflatible seat that surrounds the hips of the ninja and suspends him in water. The pouches that held the air were usually made out of rabbit skin and horse hide.

    So why do we have round wooden shoes in the Mythbusters episode????

    • MSpears says:

      A myth-understanding (pun intended) of the Mizo Gumo by Adam and/or the research team?

  21. Cody says:

    Please tell me how you can walk on corn starch!!! PLEASE REPLY!!!!!!

  22. sprucebranch says:

    Cody: walking on corn starch is easy; mix corn starch with water in the right proportion, and you get a material that natives call “ublek.” If you hit the material hard, it sort of “freezes” into shape for a moment. “slapping” your way across the surface, you can walk across it. Soft insertion makes it act more liquid-like.

    Catching arrows: You guys, being able to do this in a “combat setting,” depends on what you mean. The combat setting I’ve heard referenced is bodyguarding; in those settings, you have other bodyguards doing interference from close combat, and you are standing by the “emperor” or V.I.P., and trying to ensure that he doesn’t get hit by the archers.

    In this scene, arrow catching is feasible in a combat setting.

    Now, the usual arrow work I’ve seen with higher-powered bows has been arrow DEFLECTION, and all the arguments placed here are cogent; one moves one’s hand with the arrow to increase timing allowed, the movement is circular (with arms or with body) to allow for more time, and the farther the bowman is (say, past your perimeter, if bodyguarding), the more you can “time” the hit. Also, seeing the bowman, it is more possible to deflect, as the bow aim helps show where the arrow comes.

    In addition, I’d like to add that the speed of the “grip” can be increased by rotating the hand. Once the fingers and palm, or thumb and palm, (or whatever) bracket the shaft, you close the hand AND ROTATE the hand, which will increase the speed at which the “aperture” will close (again, in theory).

    Frankly, deflecting arrows is much easier; the Mythbusters guys did it with painballs, for pity’s sake. Even I can deflect arrows sometimes. Even from a good bow.

    As for crossing water, pshaw; even the items they used would have been fine, if the “ninja” had a paddle; they’re basically small boats.

    And for sword catching….well, in my younger days, I did some sword DEFLECTING….and that’s much easier than sword catching. And once you close on the guy afterwards, you grab his hands, which gives you the effect of a sword catch, anyway.

    also, for sword catching, in theory, you wouldn’t do it with a static hand, and there are several ways it can theoretically be done.

    One, you start with a contact on the flat of the blade, then you do a contact on the other side CLOSER TO THE OPPONENT. So, instead of the hands being opposite one another, they’re offset, on each side of the blade, about a foot-and-a-half apart.

    This gives you enough leverage to stop the blade, even disarm, if you’re plenty strong.

    Of course, you have to get close enough to contact the blade before it’s past 60 degrees (so, 30 degrees past vertical). Timing and distance, here.

    Another deal with this is what cut is being used. If I’m unarmed and my opponent is doing a down-cut, well, these are pretty easy (on the scale of easiest to deflect cuts versus hardest). A gut-level disemboweling is hard to deflect, but is slightly vulnerable to a quick close before the sword gets into cutting parts of its swing….but, again, I have to have substantially better timing and distance than my opponent has.

    At any rate, sword catching would almost never use a hand that wasn’t moving with the blade…at least, I can’t think of any.

    And sword deflection (which, again, I’ve done, but only works if you’re a lot better than your opponent) is much, much, much easier.

    You just have to pray for a particularly stupid opponent.

    And, remember, ARM catching is even easier; if they guy really winds up, you can close, catch the arms which hold the blade, and punch his ticket.

    Of course, any opponent who really winds up is someone whose genes aren’t likely to pass on, anyway; that level of stupidity is almost invariably fatal in a swordfighter.

  23. Sean says:

    About the walking on water test, your shoes had spaces in the outer ring that allowed water the pass through or fold under pressure which allows it to cut through the water. Its like the paper clip test in high school. you have to ease it flat on to the water, then shuffle across.
    Please take this into consideration.

  24. Cody says:

    Thank you -sprucebranch- P.S-I like orange!

  25. Ken says:

    @Jay. You are absolutely right, they used the wrong kind of tool. Mizu gumo were generally air bladders tied together in the shape of the weird thing Adam used. You could stand or sit on them and there was even a collapsible paddle made of a fan of bamboo strips that was used for movement. I tried “writing” them about it but all they have is a message board I found out.

    Also, the sword catching was accomplished using the hand bands called shuko that were shown in the show. Ninjas could no more catch a sword with their bare hands than Penn and Teller can “catch” a bullet in their teeth. The whole point is convincing someone you can.

  26. dude6935 says:

    That guy in the Ripley’s video even did it blind folded!!! The shot was from 75ft at a little over 100 mph with what appeared to be a modern compound bow. That looked pretty confirmed to me. Where was their research guy for this myth??

  27. Jenni says:

    I never actually got to see this episode, when we were watching just after they introduced the myths Discovery channel had technical difficulties, it lasted THE WHOLE episode. We concluded that the ninjas had broken into the Discovery channel HQ and didn’t want their secrets revealed.
    Anyways, I’m pretty sure I saw an episode or Criss Angel MindFreak (yeah he totally rox) where he caught an arrow with his hands.

  28. sandra says:

    i’m no technical person nor someone who knows a lot about ninja. but i think they could run on water if they have the skill and speed. it’s like when you throw a “flat” stone over or across water and the stone does a few skips on the water before sinking when it loses the speed.

    • MSpears says:

      No, sorry, Sandra. No human can run that fast. I’ll try to explain why.

      To avoid sinking, you need to generate thrust equal to your weight by pushing water down and backwards with each step. If you had a size 9 shoe, you can’t push more than around 3.5 liters (0.92 US gallons) of water at a time or you would sink too far and friction with the water would slow you down too much. So you have to push that much water FAST enough to offset your weight.

      If you weigh 75 kilograms (about 165 pounds), you’d need to push the water back at about 11 meters per second (or a little over 24 miles per hour). Since the water pushes back, you actually need to go at least twice as that, or you would stand still.

      That means you’d have to run about 80 kilometers per hour (almost 50 miles per hour), which is impossible even in my simplified explanation which ignores things like fluid drag.

  29. Sean2 says:

    I seen a tv show where a dude catches an arrow. The show was chris angel mind freak. He stood right next to the target and a guy with a modern bow stands about 30 feet away. Chris Angel was wearing a metal glove to not hurt his hand. But he spends several hours with the archer trying to catch arrows. He trys catching the arrow by starting from above the arrow and coming down on top of it. Like I should he spends several hours trying to catch the arrow but just when their are about to give up and go home, he does his thing where he believes that he is going to catch the arrow. He does end up catching the arrow, you have to see the show to understand. It wasn’t one of his tricks we he hovers its just him catching an arrow.

    And guys the setup of having an arrow fired at a hand a few feet away is silly no body would get a point blank shot on a ninja. The ninja would have had to be seen at a distance of say 30 feet and shot at that distance not point blank.

  30. Sean2 says:

    The running on water myth is possible but not just on water. In 3 Ninjas which is a movie there is a part where they run across a pond, lake thing. They have square lilly pad things on the water and there are about 1 x 1 meter. They run across the pads with grace and skill and the bad guys following them try to follow an end up falling in the water.

  31. Dickson Pang says:

    re: catching arrows

    check for a video by Sensei Ron Duncan. It
    shows Sensei Duncan catching arrows and other incedible feats such as going thouigh a flail pattern. If memory is correct it has a slo mo footage of the feats

    dickson

  32. Miss Wendy says:

    Also in the latest edition of the Guinness World Book of Records 2008 it has a new record – “Arrows caught by hand in Two Minutes” – standing at a distance of 8m (26ft) from two archers, Anthony Kelly (Australia) caught 36 arrows in two minutes in Beijing China, on 15 December 2006.

    Granted, there was a distance involved, but 36 arrows! That’s awesome…

  33. Eric says:

    You can catch an arrow!!!!!!!!

  34. Brandon says:

    RE: Running accross water

    Think about that for a second or two. It is common sense that it is impossible to ‘run accross water’. Anyone who buys into that bunch of crap watches way too many movies.

  35. Kaos says:

    Cody and Sprucebranch:

    Walking on water like you were talking about was not only done with cornstarch.

    Custard powder works as well, as Jon Tickle from “Brainiac: Science Abuse” has shown before.

  36. Gene.K says:

    Maybe you should make shoes that have a engine controled by your hands, but still can float. That would be so COOL!

  37. Kusumura says:

    “…However, it is unlikely that ninjas had access to large amounts of corn starch, so the myth was busted.”

    Bahahahaha, that just made my day.

    I have a suggestion… In some of the old Ninja/Samurai shows, the respective individual would break a reed or such and use it like a snorkel… Is it possible?

  38. Anura says:

    My sons kung fu teacher Anthony Kelly (who alot of people have mentioned)holds something like 11 world records,is known as the arrow catcher, he’s proof it can be done.
    Not everyone can do it, not many are as dedicated, but it can be done.

  39. Teri says:

    Look at the Guinness Book of World Records. There is a record holder for catching arrows. IT CAN BE DONE. How much more proof does one need?????

  40. Jery says:

    I would just like to comment on that sword catching thing… but not saying Im an expert on it but, I think, that move would be more probable if they aimed the catching mechanism closer to the base of the sword where a samurai warrior would hold it… A better chance at least to catch it being respectively slower than the actual tip of the sword. Also, I saw that move on a Voltes 5 episode where BigBert was trying to catch a butterfly… hehe

    • Enrico Martinez says:

      Yep!
      The Butterfly Technique!
      It’s not the movement of the sword that make’s it like a butterfly; but rather the movement of the swordsman is likened to the butterfly.
      Knowing how the Butterfly/Swordsman move, thus knowing where the sword will be, thus catching the sword in mid-air with bare hands.
      But it would be more practical just to catch the hands that yields the sword; its bigger, softer, and slower than the sword’s metal part you want to catch.

  41. G Hall says:

    The problem with that guy off of Ripley’s Believe it or not, is that he is a cheat.

    Anyone can catch an Arrow if someone throws it to them, which is basically what his mate does. Arrows don’t travel at 100mph, they travel at speeds of about 200mph, which means that the guy on Ripley’s can only catch an arrow traveling at HALF speed!

    As for the guy catching arrows in the GBoR, I saw that on TV once, and those arrows were being fired EXTREMELY slowly! they were losing altitude before he caught them, and they were only shhong from like 10 meters away!

    Now, all that being said, I full heartedly beleive that you can catch or at least deflect an Arrow. I play paintball were you get shot at by small projectiles travelling FASTER than arrows, and they are realatively easy to dodge and/or catch/deflect.

    Cheers!

  42. Dayat says:

    I thought someone caught an arrow in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, even blindfolded with a modern bow.

  43. Dayat says:

    Oops, sorry. Didn’t read the last post

  44. Nemi says:

    I saw the episode only recently and I saw the return to the ninja myth episode as well. I noticed a few things that were off big time. I am no ninja, but I have studied them and samurai for years as a hobby. Ninja’s do not have alot of time to be able to remove objects from their feet such as the mizugumo. I also noticed the inequality of the device that Adam had created due to it’s flexability and (unfortunate to admit) poor crafting skills of the mizugumo is also a factor in place. They did not use twine either, instead they used leather straps for each area. The type of device that ninja’s would use would be smaller; approximately the size of their feet and a little larger. They would also be slightly bowl shaped and be either quick to remove or be able to be used in battle.

    The next part of the myth was catching an arrow with the bare hand which I noticed was also flawed. The fact that they shot the arrow at only a short distance away from the hand would throw the numbers off greatly; an arrow at that distance will fly at a distance of 200 per sec. But Samurai archers prefer to be at a distance from their enemy because a ninja could and would attempt to disable the archer at any closer range becuase they are a greater threat than the samurai that was in front of them. With the added distance, an arrow does make a distinctive sound while flying through the air. There are some humans in the modern world that are quite capable of having advanced hearing that can pick up the sound of an arrow flying through the air. This is also said about ninja’s because they purposly train their bodies to a degree of inhuman specialities and specs. With the greater distance as well the arrow will slightly loose speed over distance as well as wind direction and stuff like that. There is a possibility with the factors taken in that the myth would not be busted.

    The final part of this myth would be the sword catching. As said before, a ninja would not have the time to remove stuff from their person before or during a fight breaks out. They wear Shuko; their swords and weapons were modified for allowing them to keep their shuko on the hands at all time. (Shuko are razor sharp, a ninja would use all at their disposal). With the extra protection on the hand and the speed they are moving with the extra stopping potential a ninja would be able to stop a sword between their hands (the myth never said anything about bare hands :) )

  45. Sarah says:

    With the arrow catching myth, I watched on guiness world records and this guy from australia caught heaps of arrows! so it has to be possible

  46. Robbie says:

    Adam is not a Ninja. When you are busting a myth; don’t just bust it because the majority of the population can’t catch one. It takes allot more training then just shooting the arrow a few times and guessing when to grab it. You guys need to seriously do more research before busting a myth. Eventually people are going to consider you an unreliable source, which I think you are already there for me, not sure about the rest of the folks. I mean come on is this not the Discovery Channel? Wealth of knowledge? Are you guys just making up this crap up as you go? I believe that the “Discovery Channel” is getting tarnished with “Mythbusters”. What was the speed of the arrows? At the time what was the fastest bow, compared to modern day bows? After all this is what the show is about? Right?
    Can Adam do a kick flip on a skate board and then rail grind? Probably not without allot of practice, actually “definitely not”. Can you make a machine that does a kick flip on a skate board then a rail grind? I would like to see you try. LOL this show is getting ridiculous. Just because a machine can’t do it, does not mean that someone in this world can. The human body is much more sophisticated the nmachines.

  47. drs says:

    Well, I don’t think that Mythbusters accounted for the fact that human reactions aren’t based on current position as much as predicted position. You don’t grab for a baseball where you think it’s at, you grab for where you think it will be, and the same can apply for an arrow.

    In order to set up the arrow myth, they’d have start grabbing for the arrow well before the arrow actually gets to them, and yes you would move your hand to reduce relative velocity to catch it. You’d still move your arm after catching it as well because you obviously couldn’t bring something with that much momentum to an instantaneous halt.

  48. caleb says:

    WHO SAYS RECURVED BOWS ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN LONG BOWS.

  49. OS says:

    Fact: seen my former martial arts instructor catching arrows (modified tip for safety) shot from 7 lb pull kids bow, shoot from ~12m.

    Safety issue with stronger bow…but since he usually caught arrow within first half of shaft, he might catch one at twice the speed…no idea if he could grip it hard enough to hold on though.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I think that they could’ve done a lot more to prove those myths. :-/ Regarding the catching arrows myth, moving your hand backwards vs. keeping it stationary or moving forward makes a difference as well as the bow and arrow being used. About the
    Mizu Gumo, they didn’t use any air bladders. Instead they used wooden pad-like structures. I think these deserve a re-visit to clear things up. Just my thoughts though.

  51. Maxymhammer says:

    Its very cool!!! Mythbusters busted the myth about
    ‘Ninjas have the ability to run across water’

  52. Chris says:

    they just had a guy on Time Warp that caught arrows fired at close range. So, busting this “myth” was stupid.

  53. Matthew Plunkett says:

    I agree with Chris.

  54. Jon Whyel says:

    Yes, there are many examples on Tv and youtube of “arrow-catchers” but the bows arent fired at full strength, providing the “arrow Catcher” enough time to react

  55. Richard says:

    I walked on water in a pair of boots similar to that shown in hte pool on mythbusters. I does work!

  56. Aminpro says:

    Someone did catch an arrow at full speed with bare hands in Timewarp .

  57. nurbsoldier says:

    These guys are not ninjas. I don’t see how they can count these tests as valid. Classic ninjas spent their entire lives training, so these tests are anything but scientific.

  58. jerome says:

    They should do the walk on water myth again.Theres popular youtube video that looks real.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe3St1GgoHQ

  59. Annie Reh says:

    In the 1960′s my husband walked across pools, ponds and lakes using a commercial product called Water Shoes. They were large fiberglass covered foam with plastic flaps on the bottom. We still have them and he still uses them.

  60. Mythbusters are dumb says:

    You can walk on water with buckets tied to your feet or foam. Ninjas easily could have used buckets. You can catch arrows if you close your hand before the arrows is fired. Swords can be stopped easily with iron gauntlets. Mythbusters suck.

    • MSpears says:

      You’re missing the point with the sword, I think. The point was to catch it with your bare hands, using your palms. THAT is what they tested for, and that is what they busted.

    • Mr. Epic says:

      No offense, but if you close your hand before the arrow is fired, you’re just going to end up with and arrowhead in your hand: and it’s not going to be in your palm either.

  61. Akef says:

    Everybody knows that ninjas arent human, but superheroes. So, check your source, losers :)

  62. Private Sterling says:

    The mizu gumo shoes used in the episode were to my expectations not crafted with materials that would be more commonly present in places such as china or japan. Bamboo is relatively more buoyant due to air pockets inside the wood itself making it a much better choice for flotation devices. Even adding bamboo to the bottom of the center panel of the mizu gumo would have had improvements, but making it all out of bamboo, and having bamboo shafts allocated on the underside of the pads on the inside corners of each panel would’ve probably at least let him stay up a little longer.

    The only other problem I can see with this is when he used the current day water walking shoes he jumped in distributing all weight evenly, and did eventually successfully float with them, however with the mizu gumo he used one foot at a time allocating more weight to a single sandal instead of distributing weight evenly between the two.

  63. Eric says:

    Water shoes: shouldn’t there be some traction on the bottom of the shoe to catch the water? perhaps one directional flaps that collapse when gliding forward and pop out when pushing backwards? Sounds like a possible revisit…

  64. Tom says:

    What was the bow called when the arrow was caught with the tennis ball I have been searching the Internet but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  65. DJ says:

    Treat wooden “shoes” as a stepping stones. link 9-10 across pool and run over them do not have them on your shoes. Momentum will get you over the pool if you are precise enough. ha ha try that Adam

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