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…Michel Fournier is one crazy jumper?

Michel Fournier - The Great Leap

If all goes according to plan, Michel Fournier will complete a two decade and $20 million long journey today to balloon into the upper reaches of the atmosphere and then skydive back down in what he’s calling Le Grad Saut, or, The Great Leap.

His leap begins on the ground, where he will load into a 10 foot tall pressurized gondola that will hang from the bottom of a 650-foot balloon. This balloon will take him to a height of 130,000 feet (25 miles) over the course of two-hours, at which point he will open the door and step into the blackness of space.

To survive the fall, which will last for a full 15 minutes, he’s going to be wearing a special space suit and a parachute that is designed to automatically deploy when he’s 5,000 feet above the ground.

Along the way, he will reach, and then cross the speed of sound. (And then top out at a speed of around 1,000 MPH) If that sounds crazy, it is. Scientists are still unsure of what will happen when a person crosses the sound barrier unaided.

With those speeds, Fournier will also be breaking four new records: fastest free fall, longest free fall, highest altitude for a human balloon flight and highest parachute jump.

So what are the potential risks?

If his suit fails, the pressure would cause his blood could boil, and he would loose consciousness in less than five seconds. (Which sounds like a blessing if your blood is boiling during those five seconds!)

His first try was yesterday, and was canceled due to weather related complications, so let’s hope that today provides Michel with smoother sailing, and that he finds his way back to Earth in one piece!

[Via: The New York Times]

…Cheese racing looks like fun?

Cheese Racing

Cheese Racing is a sport that was pioneered back in 1997, when someone discovered that processed cheese slices thrown on the BBQ will actually boil inside of their plastic pouches, inflating the bag and baffling the mind.

The rules are simple:

  • Each player throws a slice of cheese onto the BBQ.
  • The player whose cheese fully inflates first wins!

The CRASS (Cheese Racing Association) has a full set of rules, but if you follow those two, you’ll pretty much guarantee a fair fight.

Also, though their have been zero fatalities so far from cheese racing, you must keep in mind that this is an extremely dangerous sport, and not one that should ever be attempted indoors.

Gentlemen, start your cheese slices!

[Cheese Racing]

[Via: The Presurfer]

…Egg boiling in an egg with feet is a cute way to start the day?

Egg Boiler

Egg Boil How To

Here’s a way to boil an egg that can be described in no other way than just plain cute (though it is a little morbid if you think about it). The Quick Egg Boiler looks like a giant egg with little chick feet on the bottom, and is designed to let you boil an egg in the microwave in 8 minutes or less. A neat idea that blends the food into the object used to cook the food, be on the look out for a cow shaped BBQ to complete your ironic cooking needs.

[Quick Egg Boiler]

[Via: Outblush]