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What’s the craziest thing you have attempted to do? Did you succeed? A couple years ago, I challenged myself to go ziplining with some other crazy adventurers in Thailand. I enjoyed the challenge, but apparently not as much as our guides (pictured above)! I was excited when I could cross a cable without holding on to my harness, but no way was I going to try upside down.
I’m sure we all have our limits when it comes to what kind of adventures we will tackle, which makes this week’s news all the more amazing. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all week, you’ve probably heard about Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting jump from Red Bull Stratos. I was one of the lucky 8 million people who watched it live on YouTube. Aside from morbid curiosity (my dad and I were betting each other on if he would survive or not), I think there was another reason so many people tuned in to watch. We wanted to see someone do someone we wouldn’t dare attempt ourselves.
Are there any other great feats of courage (or stupidity, depending on your perspective) that you remember witnessing? History is full of them, so here are a few of my favorites (most of which, I am too young to remember in person):
- Alain Robert – “The French Spiderman” likes to climb buildings – really, really tall ones.
- David Blaine – Magician who also broke the world record for holding his breath underwater – for over 17 minutes!
- Evil Knievel – Known for leaping over large distances in a single bound… on his motorcycle
- Gary Connery – Skydived without a parachute – and lived!
- Harry Houdini – Magician and master escape artist, he was most known for the Chinese Water Torture Cell stunt
- Jackie Chan – Actor who does all his own stunts, including a 21-story slide down the side of a building
- Martin Strel – Expedition swimmer who tacked the 3000+-mile Amazon River – and all that swam in it
- Philippe Petit – Tightrope walker who crossed between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. How he got access to them was an even more challenging feat.
- William Trubridge – Holds the record for the deepest free dive, swimming 380 feet straight down
- Yves Rossy – AKA “JetMan” or “Fusion Man”, crossed the English Channel with just those rockets on his back
If you could be known for some crazy stunt, what would you attempt?