Why Snatch Blocks are AWESOME (How Pulleys Work) - Smarter Every Day 228

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We discussed Snatch Blocks on this episode of the No Dumb Questions podcast:

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Read Plutarch's account of Archimedes:

The wikipedia page on Block and Tackle is really good:

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SmarterEveryDay 7 month ago
Snatch Block! I want to take a moment to thank those of you who support Smarter Every Day on Patreon. I'd also like to point out 2 things about this video. #1. You'll notice Jeremy Fielding is in this video. He's the "Contraption Fabricator" that's started working with me now because of your support on Patreon. He's a great designer, father, and friend. You'll be seeing more of Jeremy around thanks to those who support at https://www.patreon.com/smartereveryday/ #2. If you'd like to 3D print the Snatch Blocks and pulleys we use in this video they are here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4022579 #3. I really enjoy KiwiCo and I think you will too. I got them as a Christmas gift for my children years ago, and it was a huge hit. It was after that experience that I reached out to their team and asked if I could advertise for them because of how good it was for our family. I think you'll enjoy it too. https://www.kiwico.com/smarter It was 3 things... I ended up pointing out 3 things.
unsteddie music 7 month ago
Wife: carry me babe husband: snatch block!
Brad Bradleys 5 month ago
My girlfriend always sabotages her friend from getting laid. She is such a snatch block
Dylan Cla 5 month ago
I figured out the mystery of all mysterys THE PYRAMIDS BUILT WITH SNATCH BLOCKS.
Piotr Kubiec 5 month ago
Safety note: never stand near the wire when You pull out a stuck car.
Michael Rabon 6 month ago
I felt like I was watching Sesame Street for adults... "The word of the day is: Snatch Block" "Lets count the ropes! ONE... Ah! Ah! Ah!. twoooo... Ah! Ah! Ah!" It was wonderful.
spacechicken 7 month ago
Kid: "Hey dad, why did you call my sister Rose?" Destin: "Because mom loves roses" Kid: "Thanks, dad" Destin: "No problem, snatch block"
Cyrill J. Hardie 5 month ago
Destin: (pulleys) are my favorite things in the world Laminar Flow: *surprised Pikachu face*
Cool Water 4 month ago
Husband: hey babe do you wanna? Wife: I have a headache. Snatch block
AJAY 4 month ago
@02:17 Child: "It's a lot more easy." Adult: "It's a lot easier?" Smarter every way
David Kowalsky 5 month ago
"You can't push a rope." Truer words were never spoken. Jack Daniels has tried to push rope many times but never succeeded.
Daniel22457 7 month ago
Was it just me or did his accent get stronger when working with the old guy.
Gavinboy3000 6 month ago
6:55 "I'm gonna level with you. Jeff is the kind of guy I want to be when I grow up."
Joseph Underwood 5 month ago
"You can't push a rope"...this guys never been past round 4...🤣🤣🤣
Desmond D'art 5 month ago
People these days: "How could people centuries ago pile up these huge Rocks on stonehenge?" Foreman back then: "We need more Pulleys!"
Jason Biltz 4 month ago
Just took an exam in my dynamics class that had a question about pulleys and forces. Really wish I had seen this earlier 😂
Komoluna nole 7 month ago
I felt like I was watching a really long advertisement for a product called snatch block
Josh M 5 month ago
Snatch block: When a girl invites you to go home with her but her ugly friend shows up and says she needs a ride home.
MajorTomOO 4 month ago
"Hey man, can I check out your snatch blocks?" Destin 2019
Dick Dastardly 5 month ago
Oh snap, Jeremy Fielding. That dudes helped me out of some tight spots with motors.
Kyle Wood 5 month ago
"it's a bird!" "No, its a plane" "No, it's snatchblock!" 😂
Scholar Whip 6 month ago
I would have died if the sponsor was SnatchBlock.
aBOMBanation 05 6 month ago
Girl: “A lot easier” Also girl: *struggling*
MrExillion 6 month ago
12:35 I was expecting the sponser to be: "Snatch Block! Inc."
Khai Quan-Nicholls 4 month ago
3:13 I don’t understand this bit. How come the first arrow is pulling the rope one way and the next arrow is pulling the rope the other way? I would expect all the arrows to be going the same way.
wayne Agustino 4 month ago
when using a SNATCH BLOCK avoid standing inside the SNAP BACK
Victor Rosales 6 month ago
This guy is the physics teacher we hoped for but never got.
Jonny Small 5 month ago
I like how he's excited about everything. Live your excited life, my dude.
scout2nut 5 month ago
Matt over at "Off The Ranch" made a call out to this video, adding a snatch block to his new truck box tool kit after seeing your video.
Raptor CC 5 month ago
I want to use this in a way that tricks my friend into thinking he is 500 pounds heavy.
Central Intelligence Agency 5 month ago
0:50 zzzzzzzzzzzerooo! That's a back injury waiting to happen.
Jake Pultorak 7 month ago
Teacher: "you can't pass only giving one answer" Me: "S N A T C H B L O C K"
bigruckus45 4 month ago
Snatch block-o-meter: 37
Keenan Mitchell 5 month ago
He casually says “my friend chris hadfield”
Da Vinci 4 month ago
"The day you can use a Snatch Block is a good day". You're funny. Thanks for these perfect explanations
HNo3 4 month ago
12:03 Dwight, is that you?
Lucy Tycho 7 month ago
I love how Destin's accent thickens so much when around other Alabamians
gtm624 4 month ago
This is good I’m gonna send this to my friend. I was recently trying to explain these principles.
Jonathan Felix 4 month ago
Destin, I found your channel a couple years ago and really enjoyed the content, but MAN have you stepped it up!! Your production is so snappy and entertaining that I just can’t stop!
pedro oliveira 6 month ago
9:29 Me when I meet Darth Vader
Engineering Juice 6 month ago
And this is how Archimedes was able to single-handedly pull an entire Greek ship to shore... pulleys and the power of leverage.
Martti Suomivuori 6 month ago
You must respect the wires under tension. If they snap, they can kill.
Zac Orten 5 month ago
Every time you say "SNATCH BLOCK!" it reminds me of The LEGO Movie when Benny screams, "SPACESHIP!"
younghex 4 month ago
8:16 my thoughts exactly
M Zav 5 month ago
04:27 *hold on, that's illegal*
Indigrient 4 month ago
Youtube: wathc this Me: I don't want Youtube: wathc this. You will love this Me: * watching it* *loving it*
Dylan Meek 7 month ago
YouTube video: talks with slight southern accent Talking to another Alabaman: southern accent triples in strength.
TheRealisticNoob 5 month ago
The way he was saying “Snatch Block” at 12:05 and for a little after, reminded me of Pat McNamera’s “Basic Dude Stuff” series lmao
Darmi Games 5 month ago
I still remember, when our physics teacher told us, how does it work😂
Alexander Wingeskog 5 month ago
Never really thought about pulleys, but in my head it's like a gearbox.
cadmiae _ 5 month ago
And that's how I fell in love with physics
Locutus De Borg 6 month ago
"what is the answer to the meaning of life?" *"SNATCH BLOCK"*
Henninger Henningstone 5 month ago
"hey can i check out your snatch block" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
TheSeanpatrickobrien 6 month ago
I just had two pulleys, and I'm going for another after this
Kim Olsson 5 month ago
12:20 Hahaha this is just like some crazy action figure commercial! Nanananana SNATCH BLOCK! In stores now! Wire sold separately.
Geezee 5 month ago
I love how he loves everything
Joe Masterson 7 month ago
What really clicked for me was when I realized where the trade-off in the effort was. It's not magic. As you double the force lift you must also double the distance the rope travels. Need to lift a 100lb weight 10 Feet? With one pulley you can make it feel like a 50lb weight, but it needs to be pulled for 20ft. Two pulleys make it feel like 25lbs but 40ft of "distance". all the way down to making the load feeling like it only weighs 1lb but you must make that 1lb weight travel 100x the distance. This idea preserves the energy in the system. You're still expending the same amount of energy, but in a less intense way.
Sean Madden 5 month ago
You've made my day! Thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm.
Too Shea Moto 4 month ago
9:17 time for some new tires, esp if going off road...
Spion Silver 5 month ago
i just come here to hear you .. yell "snatch block!"
On the job Daily 4 month ago
Amazing so impressed!! Thank you 🙏🏼 keep up the amazing work
Madison Pictures 7 month ago
After yelling “SNATCH BLOCK” about every 15 seconds. ”The sponsor of this video is kiwiko” Me: Uhhh 😳 excuse me?
RollBotic 6 month ago
You literally summed up half of my statics and dynamics class 😂😂
fitito 600 5 month ago
7:05 the hands of de old man look huge against the blond guy, it's impressive how the hands could talk about your life, your work
Noah White 6 month ago
Thank you! Helping out the rest of my life lol
Joshua Charlery 4 month ago
You're the reason I appreciate physics now! I got a 97% on my first midterm.
Crustcheese 6 month ago
Destin: "These are like my favorite thing in the world" Laminar Flow: "am i a joke to you?"
LisztyLiszt 5 month ago
9:17 You need new tyres mate.
Chase 5 month ago
I think I need to buy one of these, just so I can yell "SNATCH BLOCK!!" at random times.
RamesGamesLC 5 month ago
Destin in a nutshell: 'SHOW ME YOUR SnAtCh?!!!1 [block]'
RGF 5 month ago
Your video genuinely made me laugh for the first time in over a month. Thank you.
Ciel 7 month ago
"I'm really good with pulleys and stuff" "Prove it" "Give me a warship and I will" "Yo dawg, here's your warship" I wish 2019 were this simple.
Pep sea 5 month ago
7:33 me: knows how to use a snatch block Also me: Gets instant friends
Zero Entropy 5 month ago
Way to make a sponsor ad fun and entertaining, I actually watched it!
리오Leo 5 month ago
3:51 "Block and Tackle" A book series I'm reading has two bulky, mean kids. Their names are Block, and Tackle.
Алексей Изотов 5 month ago
That's awesome! All my life I thought that these things just for friction reduction for saving ropes.
Captain Anarchy 7 month ago
"I got pulleys on pulleys on pulleys" - Archimedes 2200 years later... Everyone: "Snatch block!"
Mark S 5 month ago
"Yes, you can probably explain with words" but he doesn't, best line of the video.
Sam Will 4 month ago
Thank you so much what a good explanation I remember this like 40 years ago and science class great job and the kids did a great job too
Christopher Stroh 5 month ago
Holy dear God. This is the most eloquent.... ...Holy wow; I'm going with 'nailed it'.
younghex 4 month ago
9:17 some one needs new tires
David Jr 7 month ago
Who else thought the sponsor would be “snatch block” lmao
Chris Lawrence 5 month ago
Lived up to the title. That was so awesome! Likewise with your sponsor. Great partnership :-)
jeriah moon 6 month ago
Jeremy Fielding is everybody's best buddy <3 They just don't know it yet. So awesome that you guys hangout :D
Bibek Kumar Parida 5 month ago
I think my mind would blow up if I keep on watching these videos every day 😂
jerrystringer06 4 month ago
You’ve definitely just helped me help my wife how to get heavy items up into & out of the attic when she can’t wait for me to get home! Thanks!
Bookjunkie 7 month ago
"Jeff is the kind of guy I wanna be when I grow up" Nice to hear sentences like this from a grown man with kids and a hugely successful YouTube channel.
Saket Vaibhav 5 month ago
Omg. I love this! I have so many questions though!
TheHolkop 5 month ago
Tha! "The snatch block" I encounter this thing every evening.....
mesikamoto 5 month ago
It's great, I learned something :D
Matt Alexander 6 month ago
LOLOL!! Omg!! “Hey man, can I check out your snatch block?!” That was the most hilarious bit I’ve seen in your videos!
notahotshot 7 month ago
Destin: "Pulleys are like my favorite thing in the world." Laminar Flow: "Am I a joke to you?"
Reed Stemen 6 month ago
I’m going to keep a snatchblock in my toolbox and yell “SNATCHBLOCK!” when my crew walks out to a machine repair.
honestkiddy 5 month ago
Thanks for the vid! Love the snatchblocks, community and kiwico 😁
Werner Brix 4 month ago
Your Jeep needs some new tires ;) And: Yes, I like your video. Good energy, good message, good reason.
Sebastian Devon 5 month ago
You are the BEST! It was very interesting, informative and funny) I appreciate what you do. Thank you from Russia.
Jacob Hood 7 month ago
“It looks like it comes from a boat, or something like that”. Definitely from slaughter house.
angel cordero 5 month ago
Your excitement for science is amazing. I always love watching your videos.
Jeremy Kilgore 5 month ago
Hey - there's Mark Rober in the video too!! 13:48 Love the collaborations you two do.
Mason T 5 month ago
You would love watching a drilling rig trip pipe. The one I work on has a 12 line block being pulled by a 2000 hp draw works. Capable of lifting 1.2 million pounds.