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Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers

Candleabra Dance



C'mon, now, be honest: what male audience member is going to be looking at the candles?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 04, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Dance, Middle East

Ghost Story Comes To Life

If you're into ghost stories, this one seems fairly tame. In 1891, a passenger train derailed on a bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, killing approximately thirty people. The story claims that on the anniversary of the wreck, the sound of the crash and screaming passengers can be heard. A number of people come to the bridge for a chance to prove the legend each year. But this year, the story took an even more tragic turn when one of the "ghost hunters" was killed... by a train. You can read the details here.

Posted By: Nethie - Fri Aug 27, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Accidents, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Disasters, History

Some Crazy Contests

These contests were made for us WUvians! Let's start with the the International Birdman Competition, held each year in Worthing, England. Contestants have to design a personal flying machine and jump off a pier to see who can get the most air time. Don't like to fly? Then you should look into The One-Foot High Kick, an event that is part of the annual Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, Alaska. Atheletes have to kick a suspended object (some as high as a basketball net) with one foot and then land on that same foot. But if strenuous exercise is not for you, there's always the Papa Look-Alike Contest, held in Key West, Florida, in July each year. This contest only requires that you be a mature, heavy-set man with a full beard (in other words, look like Ernest Hemingway). And ladies, if you can't conjure a beer belly and a full beard, you can participate in The Sauna World Championships, held in Heinola, Finland in August. We can take the heat! For more crazy contests, check out the slideshow on Travel and Leisure Magazine's website.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun May 23, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Exercise and Fitness

A Robot That Parks Cars

No, not Marvin (ref.), this one is from the Computer Science Department of Stanford University and it not only parks cars, it does so awesomely!



The only disappointment is that it doesn't come with a little row of strobing red lights on the front.

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu May 13, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Robots, Science, Technology, Computers, Cars

Knife Throwing Demonstration



Just in time for Mother's Day, I bring you this inexplicable video of a mother throwing knives at her little girls.

Posted By: Nethie - Thu Apr 29, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Family, Recreation, Performance Art, 1950s

Afraid of Drowning?  Swim with legs and arms tied—and in a bag!!

This sounds like a recipe for drowning to me, but this guy has developed a technique for swiming even when his arms and legs are tied -- and put in a bag.



Please don't try this at home.

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Mar 26, 2010 - Comments (7)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers

Women Can’t Jump

When I think of the Olympics, I rarely consider that each event has both a mens and a womens division. I tend to focus more on the sport itself regardless of who is competing. After all, the Olympics is supposed to encourage the spirit of friendly competition, and not highlight major flaws, such as gender bias. Unfortunately this year's winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, is doing just that. Women ski jumpers have petitioned to join every Winter Olympics since Nagano in 1998, and each time they have been denied by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). So what's the deal? Well, the IOC is sidestepping the issue. They've issued a written statement that reads "Women's Ski Jumping does not reach the necessary technical criteria and as such does not yet warrant a place alongside other Olympic events." Yet female ski jumpers argue the point (read about it here). Lindsey Van, current world record holder for the longest jump, is quick to point out that they meet the necessary criteria. But it may be a long time before we see women flying off the end of a ski jump in front of Olympic judges. IOC member Dick Pound is quoted as saying "If in the meantime you're making all kinds of allegations about the IOC and how it's discriminating on the basis of gender," he warned, "the IOC may say, 'Oh yeah, I remember them. They're the ones that embarrassed us and caused us a lot of trouble in Vancouver, maybe they should wait another four years or eight years.'" Yes, you read that right. He is publicly threatening female ski jumpers to keep them out of the Olympics for years if they persist. So much for the spirit of friendly competition.

Posted By: Nethie - Fri Feb 12, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Ceremonies, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Games, Sports, World Records

Carts of Darkness









"In the picture-postcard community of North Vancouver, local bottle pickers have created a thriving subculture of shopping-cart racing. Murray Siple, a former snowboarder and sport film director injured in a serious car accident ten years ago, captures the thrill of a high-speed race of one of the men and compares it to extreme sports."




Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 01, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Human Marvels, Movies, Documentaries, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

Authentic Bus Jump



Reader Frank has good evidence that our earlier clip of a bus jump was staged by a business. But here's an authentic one.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 23, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Reader Recommendation, Europe

Bus Jumper



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2010 - Comments (8)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Europe

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