Slow-Motion Flaming Tennis Should Be An Official Olympic Sport

It looks like the usual tennis superstars are going to walk away with all the medals at this year's Olympic games -- yawn. So to make it more interesting and unpredictable four years from now, perhaps the organisers of the Rio games should consider adding flaming tennis balls into the mix, and filming everything in super slow motion.

That's exactly what The Slow Mo Guys did with their high-speed Phantom Flex camera. But while soaking a tennis ball in gasoline, setting it alight, and smacking it with a tennis racket is inherently a stupid and dangerous idea -- watching the results captured at 2500fps are downright beautiful. So maybe every Olympic event should involve fire in some capacity? [The Slow Mo Guys]


    While I'm not recommending you actually try it, here's one a bunch of us did on a camping trip one night. Wrap a toilet roll with wire, soak in petrol, light it and play soccer. Jeans and sturdy boots recommended. It's asking for trouble but hey, there's always someone out there looking for some out there fun.

    Being a Street Fighter fan boy, I loved his reference to a "Hadoken Style Fireball"!

    We used to use news paper tied with string and metho for the accelerant.

    I think metho burns cloder than petrol, adding at least a little bit of safety. Or so we told ourselves at the time, anyway.

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