People are amazing really, but sometimes they seem completely crazy, and once they do that crazy thing, if they do it right they are heroes and if they fail they are fools to try that. That is our world.
On October 14, 2012, 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, jumped to Earth from approximately 126,000 ft (initially, he was only supposed to jump from 116,000 ft). In about a minute, he broke the sound barrier, reaching a top speed of 843.6 mph and became the first person in the world who managed to do that without any vehicular power. Baumgartner was in a free fall for 4 minutes and 19 seconds. In total, it took him 14 minutes to land. By the way, on October 24, 2014 his record was broken by Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Knowledge at Google, who jumped from 135,907 ft. But this event wasn’t as spectacular and Eustace used a parachute with a stabilizing drogue.
On March 26, 2012, famous film director James Cameron became the first human in the world who arrived at the ocean’s deepest point on his own. James spent 3 hours at a 35,904 ft depth. While diving, the filmmaker recorded video and collected scientific data, specimens, and several soil samples. His film was released in 2013 in cinemas and broadcasted by the National Geographic Channel. In 1960, researcher Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh, an officer of the United States Navy, became the first people who reached the floor of the Mariana Trench.
In November 2017, Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa conquered the world’s biggest wave — the official height of the wave registered at 80 feet. The World Surf League confirmed the achievement at its Big Wave Awards in California in April 2018 and noted that the record was recognized as a Guinness World Record. The record was set at Nazare Beach in Portugal. This town is famous for its huge waves created by an underwater canyon.
In 2012 a brave Chinese man set a world record, spending 54 minutes covered with around 637,000 bees. The weight of this “coat” was more than 136 lb and is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records.
Sean Cridland and Kirsten Culver, 2 American skiers, set world records in cartop riding in 1985. Kirsten rode at 152 mph and Sean at 160 mph. Initially, this was a way skiers would learn to control their body in case of wind during competitions. Together with legendary Bonneville racer, Rick Vesco, they decided to try to set this record that hasn’t been beaten yet.
In 1976, Australian Ken Warby set a world water speed record. His boat moved at a speed of 318 mph and his record still stands as of today.
Freddy Nock, a stuntman from Switzerland, put his life in danger to raise money for a UNESCO project in 2011 and set 7 records in 7 days in the Alps. He managed to complete a tightrope walk and reach Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, without any sort of safeguarding.
On July 30, 2017, Luke Aikins, an American skydiver, jumped from an aircraft at 25,000 ft. After a 2 minute free fall, he hit a net, 100 ft by 100 ft, suspended 195 ft above the desert. Aikins became the first person in the world who has jumped without a parachute and landed successfully. By the way, this 42-year-old stuntman has performed more than 18,000 jumps in his life.
Amou Haji, an 80-year-old Iranian, hasn’t bathed for 60 years because he believes being clean will make him sick. Haji says he chose this way of life after going through some unpleasant setbacks in his youth and since then he has become a bit isolated. At night he sleeps in a hole in the ground or in an open brick shack that locals constructed for him.
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