Have you ever gone skydiving and posted all of the pictures on Facebook, showing all of your friends what a daredevil you are? Want to see something that will make your endeavors feel completely inadequate?
How about feeling completely emasculated as a human being? Do you have any idea what that feels like?
What have you done with your life? Well Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner just broke the sound barrier in freefall by jumping from 24 miles up in outer space and then landing on his feet, and that was all before breakfast.
(This video will also make sure that you lose your last meal).
Baumgartner, backed by a team of the craziest scientists and engineers out there, jumped from the edge of space from a helium-filled stratospheric balloon. The event amazed the world, bringing together those interested in breaking the limits of human experience, studying the technicalities behind a jump from space, and watching a guy jump from freaking outer space. Dare I repeat myself in the interest of emphasis?
He jumped from outer space. And he’s still alive.
During the jump, Baumgartner’s visor started fogging up due to a power issue that was supposed to heat up his suit. “The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly,” recounts Baumgartner. “I thought I’d just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness.”
When was the last time that you almost died? I didn’t think so.
At the end, Baumgartner broke multiple records, including highest-ever jump from a manned balloon, and for being the first human being to hit supersonic speeds without traveling in a vessel at Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph.
After the jump, Baumgartner dropped to his knees, raised his hands in the air, summoned his two assistants to adjust his giant balls, and probably went to have sex with every woman in the general vicinity that wasn’t his mother. Not too shabby.
The guy will probably never have to pay for anything ever again.