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In 2011 it took two men only 45 minutes to paraglide down from the summit of Mount Everest!

The peak of Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth at 29,000 feet above sea level.

At the top of the world the temperature is always below zero degrees Fahrenheit and every fourth day the wind condition is that of a Category 1 hurricane, with wind speeds of 74 miles an hour!

The treacherous descent usually lasts about three days and if anything goes wrong, it could cost you your life.

But two men managed to descend from the peak of the mountain and arrived near the village of Namche Bazar in a mere 45 minutes.

And one of them, Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, summited the mountain and descended without using supplemental oxygen!

Of course it is humanly impossible to descend Mount Everest by foot in such a short time. The two adventurers, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, launched their tandem paraglider from the summit on 21 May 2011 and landed at the Syangboche Airstrip less than 50 minutes later.

After that, the pair went on to kayak to the Indian Ocean. It's no wonder that they won the People's Choice Adventurers of the Year title in 2012 for the adventure they named ‘The Ultimate Descent.’


Since 1936, the outcome of Washington Redskins home games has predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election but one!

That’s right - over the past 72 years, a completely arbitrary football game has been 94.7% accurate in forecasting the result of the presidential election! History goes to show that if the Redskins win their final home game prior to the election, the incumbent party remains in power. If they lose, the opposing party takes over the executive office. 18 out of the past 19 presidential ballots have matched up with the fate of the ‘Skins, and from 1936 to 2000 you would have almost believed this to have been a cause-and-effect relationship! However, this remarkable streak was ended by the election of 2004, when George W. Bush managed to be re-elected despite the fact that the Packers’ defeat of the Redskins foretold a John Kerry victory. Oh, and in case you were curious - back in 1932, the Redskins were not the Redskins, nor were they located in Washington. Back then, they were called the Boston Braves and the franchise had not yet acquired its mystical predictive powers.

A man ran 135 miles in 120F weather, ran a marathon in the South Pole at -40F and ran 50 marathons in 50 days!

Dean Karnazes is an ultramarathon runner. Yes, there is such a thing. He even wrote the book "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner. He is the world's most famous ultramarathon runner and began running in kindergarten for fun on his way home from school.

In 2006, Karnazes participated in the Endurance 50:50 marathons which means he ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in 50 different states. Most races are held on the weekend. So, Karnazes had marathon officials follow him around and track his marathon race to make sure it was accurate. He was only at the live marathons in 8 of the states.

The others he had to have officiants track him and it counted towards the marathon that state was having that coming weekend. So, he'd run the official course, but not with all the other runners. Over the 50 days and 50 marathons he only fluctuated down one pound in weight.

After finishing the 50/50/50 races in New York City, Karnazes thought "hey what the heck, I'll run home to San Francisco." Literally. It was nearing Christmas, though. So, he only ran from New York City to St. Charles, Missouri. From there he caught a plane so he could spend more time with his family for the holidays.

A film has even been made about the saga. Some of his other accomplishments include running 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without any sleep, running to the South Pole in -13 degrees Fahrenheit without snowshoes, and completing The Relay- a 199 mile run eleven different times.


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Mickey Mantle found out he was a father in front of 6,000 fans when he stepped up to bat!

There are plenty of exciting, surprising, and creative stories of men learning they're going to be a father.

Nothing is more fun and precious than seeing the (hopefully) joy on their lit-up face as they try to grasp how their life is about to change forever.

Luckily, around 6,000 baseball fans got to witness it back in 1953, when Mickey Mantle learned he became a father as he stepped up to the plate.

These days most men are at their woman's side for the birth of their child, but star baseball player Mickey Mantle had to finish a subway exhibition series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

As he stepped up to the plate early in the game, the announcer blared over the loudspeaker and said “Now hitting, Number Seven, Mickey Mantle...Mickey doesn't know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.”

The game ended up being washed out by rain by the third inning and Mantle joined his now bigger family.

The red-haired child was born as Mickey Elvin, named after Mickey's late father and his late grandfather.


You can sail into the wind at speeds faster than the wind without breaking the laws of physics

One of the lesser known facts about sailing is that the power of the wind can actually be harnessed to sail in a direction against the wind.

It can also be harnessed to sail at a speed exceeding that of the wind, even if the water is relatively calm.

What is even less known, for obvious reasons, is that you can do both at the same time—meaning you can reach speeds up to double that of the wind!

Despite what logic may dictate, this does not actually contradict any laws of physics.

The trick is to make use of all three dimensions of space when sailing, the most obvious one being the direction that the wind velocity is orientated in. If this is the only dimension you exploit, however, you will only be able to reach the speed of the wind and not exceed it.

If you also make use of the crosswind by tacking the sail then, in principle, it becomes possible to travel at double the speed of the wind.

To be able to sail against the wind you will also need to harness the power of the water underneath the sailboat by using the keels, rudders, and hydrofoils which can be seen as the 'sails' under the water.

One should therefore be able to sail against the wind (or in any direction) at speeds faster than the wind, if you tack the rudder or other hydrofoils as well as the sail.



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