Ever wonder how cannons evolved? No? Neither did we, until we were forced to make this video. Enjoy.
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tell you that it's not a real event it didn't actually happen please don't sue
us. all right so if we can shove something into a tube and make that to
blast that something outwards well that tube is a cannon. that ammo doesn't even
have to be cannonballs. hence the existence of water cannons and
t-shirt cannons though luckily not wet underwear cannons that would hurt. all
right early cannons had a hilariously short
range and were mostly made out of wood. yep someone actually said hey let's use [ wooden cannon explodes]
wood to contain a small explosion what could possibly go wrong?
well we're guessing that person was the lucky recipient of a Darwin Award . anyway
our innovative ancestors quickly figured out that wooden cannons were a bad idea.
probably after they watched that one doofus explode. nothing changes a plan
faster than chunks of Peter raining down on you. right well it wasn't long before
they were making large iron or bronze tubes that could fire long distances and
the ones who figured it out the fastest like the Ottomans quickly laid their
hands on some massive empires. right the best technology wins. they also avoided
hearing about a 60% chance of Peter chunks in the forecast.
cannons quickly replaced most of the siege weapons we described in the last [weather man predicts falling human parts]
lesson. which might make the last lesson feel pointless but hey there's a
takeaway here. don't waste your time on this earth with pointless things. we hope
you've learned something today. catapults ballistae and trebuchets suddenly
looked kind of silly next to Canon's sorry guys we still love you for
your nostalgic charm. cannons also did a number on the age building eye walls and
waiting until the nasty soldiers went away. well fortified became a thing of
the past. after all it's not exactly fortified if there are giant cannon ball
shaped holes everywhere. eventually some people started saying these ginormous
cannons are great but uh you know what would be better? [inventor talks about smaller cannons]
smaller cannons. like and that's how smaller and smaller cannons were made
eventually there were indeed things called hand cannons. and they were
suspiciously like guns. except way Dumber. why well the earliest handguns hadn't
been lit like cannons this meant people had to aim the gun with one hand and
like the fuse with the other. well 1400s the matchlock had been invented which
had a little lever that touched the wick to the Gunpowder. easier ? maybe but still
not easy. and we humans are loved things to be as easy as possible.
anyway early gunpowder weapons might not look like much, but guns had enough fans [man in suit of armor carrying flint lock pistol]
that they evolved crazy fast. and even slow guns were way better than bows
arrows in boiling oil. by the 17th century a military gap was growing all
over the world between those who had gunpowder and guns and those who did not.
and those who did were quick to use it to their advantage. now soon the world
would pine for the quaint loving days of the trebuchet. for the simple days where
one could die simply by being smashed by a giant rock. [man is smashed with rock]