These ridiculous YouTubers risk life and limb to catch basketballs off a 540-foot dam

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The How Ridiculous YouTube channel has already shown us what will happen if it tries to bounce a bowling ball off a trampoline from 540 feet in the air. Now, the Australian YouTube stars are trying to catch basketballs at the bottom of that same enormous dam.

In a video titled “CATCHING BASKETBALLS at TERMINAL VELOCITY from 165m Dam!” the trio drop sports balls off the top of the Swiss structure. Then, one-tenth of a mile down, they try to catch them all—an Australian rules football, a foam Nerf football, and a basketball.

Not only do they have to contend with a ball that could potentially damage their hands, arms, face, and skull, but a herd of sheep at the bottom of the dam also could provide a distraction to the person who’s trying to make the catch.

Sure, it seems nearly impossible to be successful—or even to put yourself in position to make a catch, once you account for the element of wind, the speed, the open space around you, the sheer mentality of catching an object you know will probably hurt you, and the fact you have to determine if you’re staring at the ball or the drone they’re using to take overhead footage. But a few adjustments are made to give themselves better odds.

Here’s how it went.

Turns out that the How Ridiculous YouTubers are probably better (and more courageous) catchers than just about everybody you know.


Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.