MIT students get to have all the fun... Mike Nawrot and Romain Teil constructed their fully-functional, homemade wooden roller coaster in just two weeks, aptly named the Reverse Cowgirl. We've seen lots of thrill-seeking backyard contraptions, but this one imprisons the rider in a freaky vertical position:
Petanque is the French game of boules, popular throughout the world. Although pétanque, bocce, bacci, boccia, kubb, curling, lawn bowling, and marbles are related, they all have their own components that make them different. Here are the basic rules of playing the game of petanque.
Oh, no! A phalanx is approaching! How can you defeat their shield wall? Answer: a spear! Even if you're not going up against a shield wall, spears are still useful weapons to use in a boffer live action roleplay game because of the advantage that reach gives you. This introductory video shows what makes a spear, how to hold it and footwork.
Learn how to whistle very loud with your fingers inside your mouth in simple steps. 1. First fold the front part of your tongue backwards and insert any two fingers from both hands, then blow the air out. 2. You can use your two small fingers, index fingers, middle finger and; others to blow out the whistle. 3. The most difficult part is using your thumb and index finger together to blow a whistle. 4. You can also use any two fingers together and also your thumbs by practicing with them to pe...
In this tutorial, we learn how to whistle with your fingers in your mouth. First, you will grab your two pinkie fingers and place them inside your mouth on either side. Seal them with your tongue and blow across the remaining hole that is in your mouth. From the side, you should be able to see just one area where the air is coming out of from your mouth. The air should blow across the top and will control the pitch of the note that you are playing. From here, you can learn how to play songs a...
The Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club would like to help you learn how to lawn bowl. Just watch this great video introduction to the much under-appreciated game of lawn bowling.
This tutorial shows you how to fight with a knife, dagger or other sort of short sword if you're engaging in boffer combat. You aren't totally helpless if someone comes at you with a longer weapon, and this video demonstrates what you can do!
Just starting to get into the Society for Creative Anachronism? This tutorial shows you some basic footwork and few useful strategies when you're fighting with just a basic buckler (punch shield) and a sword. Though aimed at the SCA, this tutorial will work for anyone into theatre combat, boffer larps or other reenactment organizations.
It's quite the challenge to be able to bounce up and down on a pogo stick, but once that's mastered, it's time to start learning some tricks. Start off with the 180 flip, the no footer, and the peg grab pogo stick tricks. Follow along with the demonstrated steps in this instructional video and learn how to do a few basic pogo stick tricks.
What do you do with your prusik cords so that you can continue to climb or travel? Learn how to bundle up your prusik cords so that they're easier to manage and carry.
A shield isn't just for defensive maneuvers - you can also use a shield in several different ways to augment your weapon attacks. This tutorial shows you how you can use a shield effecitvely in boffer combat or at a fighter practice.
Straw Bale mazes are fun for children and adults a like and are a great way of having fun with the whole family! In this video you'll learn how to put create the maze, pull together volunteers, and get the sponsors you need!
This tutorial shows you firstly what a boffer spear is (and is not), and then goes over the basic stances and techniques you can use when you're on the battlefield and fighting with a foam spear. Learn how to overcome an entire phalanx with a ranged weapon!
Learn how to coach your tee ball team with the help of these awesome warm-up exercises for you to practice.
Here's how you can fight against a shield wall if you're wielding a spear when playing in a boffer larp (live action roleplay). And after those strategy tips, here is some advice on how you can team up with a shield fighter for a deadly tag team.
This video covers how you can be more effective with boffer tactics that teach you how to use a polearm against a line of players wielding swords and shields. This tactic is even better if you have a swordsman to back you up.
This shows how to make a ladder golf set. You need PVC pipe and a saw to cut it. You will also need connector pieces. This Instructables video is a fun outdoor game. Make golf ball bolas using golf balls and nylon rope. Drill through the balls to make the bolas. You throw the bolas underhand at the ladder.
When most of us are snowed in, typical activities include movie marathons, hot chocolate, and complaining about being bored. Maybe, if we're feeling ambitious, we'll build a snowman.
Why role play online with an avatar when you can live out your princess-rescuing and spellcasting fantasies in real life? Amtgard is a real life, live action RPG in which people roleplay in set up situations.
Spear fighters can be intimidating, especially if you have built up a reputation as being good. This tutorial shows you how to best help your side if you're a spear fighter, as well as how to go up against someone else who is also fighting with a spear.
Want to be the best spear fighter you can be? This tutorial show you two basic shots you can make when wielding a foam spear on the fields of battle at your next boffer larp. You're also shown how you can thwart a javelin shot with a spear.
"There is something you should know... I am not left-handed!" What to do when you're coming up against an opponent who's actually a lefty? This boffer combat tutorial shows you a few good strategies you can use when going up against lefties, especially when you both have shields.
So you've mastered the basics of using a shield and going up against an opponent who also wields a sword and shield. This tutorial shows you how to both stage an effective side attack, and how to defend against an opponent making the same attack on you.
Becoming better at boffer combat is not a matter of mastering fancy sword moves, it's about being able to force an opening in your opponent's defenses and taking advantage of it without leaving yourself open for a counter-attack. This tutorial shows you precisely how to create these situations and take the most advantage of them.
This video focuses on the tower shield techniques. First you're shown how you can get a hit in on an opponent who is fighting with a tower shield. At the same time, you learn ways to become better at boffer fighting with a tower shield yourself.
In this tutorial, we see how to whistle loudly by putting your fingers in your mouth. First, place your two fingers from each hand into your mouth. You will use the middle and pointing fingers from each hand. Place your fingers underneath your tongue and hold the tongue back while you whistle. Push the tongue to the back of your mouth making a seal around your lips. Push air out of your mouth going out into the middle. This is the easiest way to make a loud whistle sound while just using a si...
Getting an outdoor itch to start something new? How about the ever-so-fun game of shuffleboard? Begun more than 500 years ago as a game for European royalty, shuffleboard is becoming more popular with Americans who see it as a less expensive alternative to golf.
My stomach is doing somersaults just watching this. Looks fun, albeit incredibly dangerous. Take it down a notch (or fifty) and build an indoor swing this winter. Previously, Deeply Trusting Female Volunteers Bod to Redneck Science: First Human Slingshot.
The String Drill is a tee ball drill you can do with the players to help teach them how to hit the ball correctly and have a good batting stance.
Air New Zealand is looking for a spokesperson for the Antarctica: No Ordinary Place, No Ordinary Assignment project, a two-week adventure in Antarctica, where the chosen candidate will join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards to document environmental issues and important research being conducted by research teams sponsored by Air New Zealand and Antarctica New Zealand.
It's massive, it's dangerous, and it looks HELLA fun. Shot by filmmaker Devin Graham on the Canon 5D Mark II, it's most likely the widest slip 'n slide in the world (the exact location remains a secret):
What's with Russians jumping to icy depths (re: near death)? Exhibit A.
Snow fort + Star Wars = coolest dad in the world. Says Redditor jabo27 : “I actually measured out my son’s big toy AT-AT to get the different parts to the right ratio, but then that all went out the window when I actually started building it in the yard. At least you can crawl into the head (from the back side), through the neck and up a deck on the body. and then slide down it’s ass.”
Please. Do NOT try this at home. Previously, Russian Roulette Bridge Jumping.
Remember jumping rope on the playground as a kid? The Kings Firecrackers of Ohio have taken the schoolyard practice into Hollywood epic proportions- literally. The talented 4th-8th graders have inspired a movie in the works. (Bring it on, Bring It On.)
Usually there's something semi-dissatisfying about greatest hits compilations on YouTube, but People Are Awesome is pretty amazing. And being this is WonderHowTo, we are all about celebrating people doing amazing things. (*In fact, if you're continual reader, you will see many familiar faces below.)
The Lying Down Game doesn't require the skill parkour does. In fact, it doesn't require any skill at all, which means anyone and their grandma can do it. Founded in the UK, The Lying Down Game is described as "Parkour...for those who cant be arsed". The rules are simple:
If you're fighting with a spear at a boffer larp, you'll eventually need to stage a retreat. This video shows you how to pull off a retreat that will hinder your opponent - make sure you have a sidearm or dagger to protect yourself.
If you're just getting started in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and are looking for some good ideas on how to get a set of armor for cheap to let you engage in heavy combat, this video, of an SCA class deaing with armor, is for you!
This tutorial is for those who want to become better boffer fighters, and shows you how to employ both feints and baits when on the battlefield. This is specially aimed at those who prefer to fight with two weapons, or Florentine style.