I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: The ancient Maya were amazing. What an incredible culture. Just super cool. I love their writing style in particular: so many animal faces and allowance for creativity.
They weren’t the only ones to figure out how to use an atlatl. Pronounce every letter: atlatl. It’s a spear throwing device that basically ads another joint to your arm to allow a small spear to be thrown farther, and a whole lot faster than is normally humanly possible. This device was used at some point in every continent except Africa for a long-ass time.
Aside from being an amazing way for an otherwise unarmed person to kill a fucking mastodon, atlatls are amazing because they’re still used today, all the time! And people don’t even know that they’re doing it! You can even buy one on Amazon. It’s an arm extender called ‘Launchit!’ to allow dog owners to throw a ball farther, more easily. And its design rooted in something the ancient Maya used to kill jaguars. Awesome.