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Turns out it's also a great spot to practice your basketball shot

July 16, 2015

Some people head to specific destinations on the hunt for the perfect vacation photo op. Others have a different way to commemorate their journey. Derek Muler—creator of the science-focused Veritasium YouTube channel—recently took a trip to Gordon Dam in Tasmania. His visit was notable for one very intriguing reason: a basketball shot. He decided to toss a ball with a bit of backspin over the edge of the dam and to everyone's surprise it flew right off into the waters far, far away. Of course, there's a bit of science to back up the manuever. Watch and learn:

He isn't the only one who has been toting around a basketball on visit to this specific dam. Last month, a team from "How Ridiculous" set up a hoop at the base of the dam and actually made a few shots from the top—that's 415 feet above. The trick won the group title of the World's Highest Basketball Shot. Looks like there might be a new travel trend in the works (good riddance selfie sticks). 

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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