Tuesday, October 28, 2008

[video] Ancient Discoveries - Death Weapons of the East

"In the ancient texts of Homer and on the walls of Egyptian tombs lie exciting clues that are causing historians to rethink just how sophisticated centuries-old societies were. This eye-opening series — filmed on location and using brilliant computer animation — will change the way you think about the past. From drawings that show the Egyptians may have unlocked the secret to flight with primitive helicopter designs, to a 6th-century Chinese 'wind car' that could travel up to 30 miles per hour, and 600-year-old designs from Italy for a 'rocket car' apparently fueled by gunpowder, Ancient Discoveries unearths clues that connect the present with the times long-ago in astonishing ways. Reconstructions of ancient machines and hands-on demonstrations bring ancient discoveries to life, including mechanical maids that could fetch water for people on their own (created by the inventor Philos in the 3rd century) and machines of warfare that give a new vision of what truly defined the Egyptian empire." -- iTunes Store

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Episode Summary
The oldest known weapon is the staff. Watch with surprising results a comparison test between a staff and a shotgun. Learn about the ermei--a deadly Chinese underwater attack weapon. Which is more powerful, a meteor hammer or a punch? Can Chi Warriors really kill a man with a single touch? Investigate the ability of eastern warriors to withstand pain such as smashing concrete on live human heads. Finally, ancient Chinese crossbows are examined, including one small enough to fit up your sleeve.

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