Evel Knievel was one of the baddest mofos to ever show Jackass hopefuls how to get crazy. In 1973, ABC’S Wide World of Sports showed his successful motorcycle jump over 50 cars, stacked 2 – 3 cars high, in 18 rows and even HE! had the good sense not to attempt to jump from the Moon to Earth. But, there is someone out there that doesn’t keep the crazy creed in perspective.
Between July and early October, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, is off to break the skydive altitude record of U.S. pilot Joe Kittinger, who jumped from 102,800 feet in 1960. Baumgartner is taking it a bit further by plunging 120,000 feet from outer space back to Earth, according to the Guardian. That is about a 23-mile jump. Can you imagine falling for 23 miles? That sounds like a scene from Journey to the Center of the Earth.
“He will then ‘step off’ into space protected only by a pressurised space suit, attempt to control his freefall for 35 seconds until he reaches Mach 1 (the speed of sound) and goes supersonic, before parachuting to the ground.”
Baumgartner isn’t new to daredevil-ism. He’s already:
“…freefallen across the English Channel, BASE-jumped from Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and leapt face-first into a pitch-dark, 190-metre deep cave in Croatia.”
This dude takes “fool” to a new stratosphere…literally. As part of the Red Bull Stratos team Baumgartner faces several life altering obstacles. But one of them that he mentioned sticks out in our mind:
“If my suit fails in any way, the low air pressure can result in my blood “boiling” with vapour bubbles, a condition called ebullism. This danger will be present until I’m below around 63,000ft.”
Good luck with that, Baumgartner! But I have to side with D.L. Hughley on this one. Waking up black is enough adventure for me. Read more here.