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This Dutch Singer Just Did the Most Rock Star Thing Ever. Let’s Explain It With Science!

A few days ago, the Netherlands’ PinkPop Festival was blessed with a bona-fide rock ’n’ roll miracle. A cup of beer soared through the air, and David Achter de Molen—the lead singer of Dutch punk band John Coffey and a giant among men—who just happened to be crowd surfing at the time, did this:

GIF by Slate

As Stereogum noted, “Everything about it, including the incredible athleticism of the throw and the utter nonchalance of the catch, is beautiful.” Indeed. But how was it possible? We were stumped, so we asked Slate science blogger Phil Plait to break it down, and we came up with this video: