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He Did It! Daredevil Free Falls 24.2 Miles Down to the Earth

Today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule 24.2 miles above New Mexico. He successfully broke the world record for surviving the highest free fall with a parachute: It took 10 minutes for him to reach the desert surface below. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute. Helicopter recovery teams have gone to [...]

Skydiver survives after parachute fails

A skydiver miraculously survived after his parachute failed to open during a 13,000ft fall. 35-year-old Liam Dunne had jumped from a plane and deploye…

Man jumps from plane without parachute

Gary Connery has become the first person to ever jump from a plane without deploying a parachute. The 42-year-old stuntman instead donned a wingsuit t…

Skywalking Is Not As Fun As It Sounds

(YouTube Link) Why does something called Skywalking have nothing to do with Luke or Leia, or Star Wars for that matter? Because it’s dumb, that’s why. Skywalking is not the same as Planking, so don’t even go there kiddies. But that doesn’t stop “daredevils” from risking their lives for attention and internet acclaim by Skywalking from such [...]

No Parachute Freefall

(YouTube link) Stuntman Greg Gasson doesn’t wear a parachute when he jumps out of a plane. He doesn’t even wear shoes! Instead, he grabs a packed parachute with his hands. Don’t try this at home -or anywhere! -via Buzzfeed

Rider on the Storm

In 1959, Marine Corps pilot William Rankin was cruising at nine miles above the earth in an F-8 Crusader combat jet when something went wrong and he had to eject. Between him and the ground was a big, black storm. After falling through damp darkness for an interminable time, Rankin began to grow concerned that the [...]

Jetpack Test Flight Footage

(YouTube link) Finally, the future is making good on that jetpack promise. This is video footage of Jetson, a weighted test dummy, flying in the Martin Jetpack to 1500 feet, then performing an emergency landing with a ballistic parachute. The total flight lasted around 10 minutes. And now that this is all in order, I’d like to [...]

The MacGyver Fact Check

One of our favorite things in the latest issue of mental_floss is Chris Higgins’ wonderful MacGyver Fact Check. We had him analyze a whole bunch of episodes and determine just how plausible the escapes were. Here’s just one of the stories that surprised us. JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE (IN A CAR!) EPISODE: “The Heist,” Season 1, [...]