World’s Fastest Everything

I love this video, because it shows a hidden link between these varied (and occasionally goofy) abilities. When we see somebody who’s superhumanly fast at something, we intuitively chalk it up to “natural speed” — the implication being that a regular person’s reflexes could never operate that fast.

But here –especially in slow-mo — we can better appreciate the real reason they’re so fast: efficiency. There are no wasted movements. They anticipate–each movement sets up the next. The cup-stacker, the stamper, the gun-reloader, even the pizza-maker share a stripped-down, restrained, targeted quality to their movements that is the true heart of speed — because they have systematically built skill circuits that are tight, restrained, and hugely efficient. (Well, except for that guy who removes his clothes in two seconds.  That is natural talent.)