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Daredevils and Stunts

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Any air, sea, etc. feats that demand a degree of skill in courage that exceeds the norm.
 
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Marco Masoni, Feb. 13, 2013

This is a very cool science “stunt” involving the creation of a giant Tesla coil that can be synched with music, like the Mario Bros them tune.

Per Wikipedia,
“A Tesla coil is an electrical resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla around 1891. It is used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity.
Tesla coils can produce higher voltages than other artificial sources of high-voltage discharges, electrostatic machines. Tesla experimented with a number of different configurations consisting of two, or sometimes three, coupled resonant electric circuits.
Tesla used these coils to conduct innovative experiments in electrical lighting, phosphorescence, x-ray generation, high frequency alternating current phenomena, electrotherapy, and the transmission of electrical energy without wires.
Tesla coil circuits were used commercially in sparkgap radio transmitters for wireless telegraphy until the 1920s, and in pseudomedical equipment such as electrotherapy and violet ray devices. Today their main use is for entertainment and educational displays.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r_EgKLJFCs&feature=player_embedded
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Andrew P, March 25, 2012

Titanic Director now in Mariana Trench, ocean’s deepest spot at almost 11 km!!!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120325-james-cameron-mariana-trench-challenger-deep-deepest-science-sub/?source=hp_dl1_news_dsc20120325
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Andrew P, Jan. 25, 2012

Inanimate life? Strandbeests are the creation of Theo Jansen. He makes them out of plastic tubes and sails to “live” on the beach by itself. Eventually, he wants to create a herd of them — what, to reproduce?”

Jansen explains: “Self-propelling beach animals like Animaris Percipiere have a stomach . This consists of recycled plastic bottles containing air that can be pumped up to a high pressure by the wind. This is done using a variety of bicycle pump, needless to say of plastic tubing. Several of these little pumps are driven by wings up at the front of the animal that flap in the breeze. It takes a few hours, but then the bottles are full. They contain a supply of potential wind. Take off the cap and the wind will emerge from the bottle at high speed.

The trick is to get that untamed wind under control and use it to move the animal. For this, muscles are required. Beach animals have pushing muscles which get longer when told to do so. These consist of a tube containing another that is able to move in and out. There is a rubber ring on the end of the inner tube so that this acts as a piston.

When the air runs from the bottles through a small pipe in the tube it pushes the piston outwards and the muscle lengthens. The beach animal’s muscle can best be likened to a bone that gets longer. Muscles can open taps to activate other muscles that open other taps, and so on. This creates control centres that can be compared to brains.”

http://youtu.be/SxLWEzMGjHc
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Andrew P, Jan. 5, 2012

File this under “brain stunts.” Bet you didn’t know that there’s an annual world memory championship (http://www.worldmemorychampionship.com/). This year’s winner is defending champ Wang Feng.

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-12-12/memories-put-to-the-test-in-guangzhou-china.html
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Elsa Maestra, Dec. 12, 2011

Before Cirque du Soleil — wayyy before… there were women performing all kinds feats of strength and acrobacy. Basically, these women were kicking some serious butt. I was looking up the Braselly Sisters, strongwomen who performed in the late 19thC, and I came across this fascinating article that describes some of the “Iron Ladies of the Old Times.”

http://www.fscclub.com/history/iron-e.shtml

Read about Olga the Mulatto (born in 1858), who could would hold a Civil War cannon from her teeth while it was fired, and her partner,Theophila Szterker, known as Kaira la Blanche.

I had no idea! Fascinating.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/20939975@N04/2872465991/
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Marco Masoni, Nov. 29, 2011

Jet Man (Yves Rossy) is back at it, this time flying over the Swiss Alps.

http://youtu.be/O7LyFtOj1k0
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Nick P - Greece, Nov. 23, 2011

downhill dudesXD

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Ben Gallaty, Oct. 26, 2011

National Geographic did an excellent special on BASE jumping under their NOMADS series. The Swiss countryside they travel to is absolutely breathtaking and it has quickly become a life goal to jump there someday soon. Are any of you familiar with the area?

(Thanks to Nina for correcting the location of filming)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkuPUwg97YI
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  • Ben Gallaty Ben Gallaty Oct. 27, 2011
    It's been quite some time since I have rewatched the documentary, I apologize for the geographical error. I'm still a few years off from being able to jump here sadly, but when the time comes, it would most likely be cleared preemptively with the appropriate authorities and filmed for use later in another capacity.
  • Ben Gallaty Ben Gallaty Oct. 27, 2011
    I'm also very jealous you are able to visit the area. I am stuck in my area for at least another two years.
  • Nina Dumas Nina Dumas Oct. 29, 2011
    When you go don't forget to eat a lot of raclette with local wine!!! …after you jump :)
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Marco Masoni, Oct. 25, 2011

WingSuit BASEjumping through a waterfall, flying just feet away from a cliff. This isn’t excitement, this is craziness.

Discovery has more BASEjumping videos: http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/wingsuit-base-jumping-7-coolest-videos-of-all-time.html

http://youtu.be/jLWnS3gFJoM
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  • Tim Foufas Tim Foufas Oct. 25, 2011
    This guy is crazy!
  • Ben Gallaty Ben Gallaty Oct. 26, 2011
    I am currently working on a long term project regarding wingsuits independently of the site, when we are ready for more feedback we'll post more here. Very interested in what can come of this.
  • Nick P - Greece Nick P - Greece Nov. 23, 2011
    awesome!!!! XD

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Elsa Maestra, Oct. 13, 2011

When I read the news today that two Arctic Trucks AT44 Expedition vehicles made the 2308km journey to the South Pole in 4.5 days, a new record, I couldn’t help but wonder how Amundsen and Scott would have reacted.

http://www.arcticportal.org/news/arctic-portal-news/fastest-drive-to-antarctica-confirmed

A hundred years ago, it took the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, over two months to reach the South Pole and become the first man to do so in recorded history. He beat the Brit, Robert F. Scott, by 34 days. Amundsen’s achievement was attributed to careful planning, luck and the capable use of skis and sled dogs. Scott’s team died of cold and starvation on the return trip.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61668055@N05/6242611016/
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