Brathwaite’s Albatross Gets Science Channel Spotlight

Disc golf's most famous video broken down on "Outrageous Acts of Science" last night

Philo Brathwaite’s albatross from June’s Beaver State Fling was already the disc golf shot heard ‘round the world.

Last night, that world got a little bigger.

Brathwaite and his shot were featured on the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, an hour-long program that dissects famous internet videos and the science behind them. Mixed among clips featuring a record-breaking rail slide, a bee removing a nail from a brick, and a remote-controlled human, The Albatross clocked in at number six on the “Power Up” episode’s countdown of 20 impressive feats.

For good measure, panelists on the show broke down the physics involved in the masterful flight, and a lengthy interview with Brathwaite was included. Brathwaite’s closing thoughts on the shot captured both the beauty and complexity of the sport:

“The theory of disc golf is actually quite simple. Physically achieving that is something you learn over time.”

The Science Channel, as of early 2015, was available in more than 75 million homes worldwide, and also boasts a robust internet presence. The episode marked the second time The Albatross was given a lengthy play on cable, after Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 highlighted the shot during the summer.

Watch the full episode of Outrageous Acts of Science here (sign-in required).

  1. Steve Hill
    Steve Hill

    Steve Hill is the editor of Ultiworld Disc Golf. He provides reviews from the perspective of a low-powered player at Noodle Arm Disc Golf, and in the past served as the associate editor for Rattling Chains. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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