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…Ferdinand Fischer is crazy?

Ferdinand Fischer is a stuntman and stunt coordinator for SlamArtist.com, but he’s also batshit crazy, as demonstrated by his latest stunt, which involved him freefalling from a 150 ft. cliff into a big pile of cardboard boxes:

Apparently it’s a new world record, though I have no idea who else was crazy enough to try anything close to this without a parachute attached.

I kid you not when I say that the only thing I could manage to mumble while watching this clip was “No. F’ing. Way.”


…The Italian Job’s cliffhanger has been solved?

The Italian Job Cliffhanger

At the end of the original version of The Italian Job (yes, this will contain a spoiler so don’t read on if you haven’t seen it) the gang is left perched atop a cliff in their bus, with them at one end and their gold at the other. (Literally, a cliffhanger.) Knowing that it would be impossible for them to get to the gold without tipping the bus off the cliff, they make the wise decision and abandon hopes of endless riches.

However, the Royal Society of Chemists wasn’t convinced that the gang needed to leave without the best of both worlds, and created a competition to see who could come up with the best solution.

In the end, John Godwin came up with an idea that’s as genius as it is plausible, and won himself a trip to Turin with the following solution:

Break the windows at the back to reduce weight; break the windows at the front inwards to save weight; hold one gang member upside-down out of the window to deflate the front tires and stabilize the vehicle; drain the rear fuel tank through an access panel at the bottom of the bus; gang members leave one by one from the front, collecting stones to replace their weight; keep adding stones until someone can safely go to the rear to retrieve the gold.

Easy, right?

In addition to John’s entry, more than 2,000 people submitted their own ideas, so be sure to visit the RSC website for more, or download Godwin’s PDF if you’d like to see all the science behind his daring gold rescue.

[RSC – Italian Job Competition]

[Via: Autoblog]

…Gliding can be dangerous?

Combat Glider

It might take millions of dollars and military backing to get into a real dogfight, but with a few dollars and some DIY plane building skills, you can be combat gliding in no time. Combat gliders are scrapped together planes with nine-foot wingspans that use cliff updrafts to stay in the air. They have “no motors, no self-power, and only two simple controls: one flap on each wing. They are made of bamboo sticks, plastic bottle noses, foam board wings and duct tape”. Their scrappy nature makes them virtually indestructible, but you need that kind of dependability when the goal of the hobby is to ram the other planes out of the sky.

[Via: WIRED Blogs: Geekdad]

…Free falling off of a cliff sounds like fun?

Some people will do anything for a little dose of adrenaline.