A physics lesson that includes a participant lying down while holding a cinder block with another participant hitting the block with a hatchet – what could go wrong, right?
Apparently quite a lot could, and did, go wrong for one AP physics teacher who attempted to demonstrate a lesson to his students using a cinder block and a hatchet. As soon as the man holding the hatchet counted to three in preparation, the painful video that was captured of the incident went from normal speed to slow motion.
The man swings down the hatchet, skimming past the cinder block that rests on the participant’s chest. The hatchet then moves a little too far down, hitting the brave participant directly in his most sensitive of areas.
“This was my AP Physics teacher in high school, he does this demonstration every year,” said Aderspatron, the Reddit user who originally shared the video online, along with a GIF of the incident from another angle. “My friend who is still in high school sent me this video and the gif captures the whole thing.”
Though it was initially believed that the seemingly injured participant was a student, it was revealed via Reddit that the man who was hit was, in fact, the physics teacher.
“The dude who was hit is the teacher. He was just fine - it was a graze - not a full on partitioning. The person holding the axe is a member of staff (either an assistant principal or a hall monitor) that we asked to come help with the demonstration,” Redditor Haneefmubark said. “The teacher walked funny for like a couple of days and then he was just fine.”
Would you be brave enough to do what the physics teacher did for the sake of science?