Here’s What Happens When You Give A Basketball Some Backspin… And Drop It

Drop a basketball from somewhere high up and it basically just falls straight to the ground…. but add just a little backspin, and something incredibly cool happens.

It’s called the Magnus effect, and in the video below, Derek Muller from Veritasium, will explain exactly why just adding a little spin on a basketball can make travel so dramatically from its expected path.

They’re at the 415 foot Gordon Dam, located in Tasmania, just in case you were wondering…

Pretty cool huh?! You probably never expected that… I know I didn’t! If you liked this, check out what happens when you light 10,000 sparklers in a bucket.

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