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Tuesday Althing: Viking vs. Samurai

Welcome to another Tuesday Althing! I discovered today’s Scandinavian randomness while performing a bit of rare but fortuitous channel surfing Sunday night.

I landed on SpikeTV and what to my wondering eyes did appear? A what-if battle between my two favorite brands of historical fighting men: Viking vs. Samurai.

The program is called Deadliest Warrior, in which weapons and armor are put through various controlled tests to measure effectiveness against the opponent at hand. Some pretty cool analytics — including laser measurements for strike-speed and pressure measurements for power — are involved. But the best part involves actual blows by expert fighters against anatomically correct dummies that explode in fake blood and bone and brains. Amazing stuff.

I’m not going to tell you which warrior Spike’s team deemed superior, but if you’d like to check out Viking brawn vs. Samurai finesse, here’s a link to this episode of Deadliest Warrior:


Thanks for stopping by. See ya next time!


2 responses

  1. Elizabeth

    That is so awesome! That’s just the kind of information I need for the fantasy novels, where one army favors big weapons, and the other army tends toward sharper, skinnier swords.

    April 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

  2. Very interesting, David! I’ll be anxious to watch the video for myself.

    May 10, 2011 at 7:41 am

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