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…Top Gear built a space shuttle?

Top Gear Rocket

Top Gear, the very popular British automentary (television documentary about autos), stands by the motto “Go big or go home”.Recently Richard Hammond, one of the show’s presenters, was seriously injured after crashing a rocket-powered car at over 300 MPH.

Now, their latest debacle was an attempt at building and launching a space shuttle out of a Reliant Robin (a car not found in the US). The goal was to launch the car, and then glide it back down to the ground via remote control, though that’s not exactly what happened. (Skip to about 2:29 left in the video if you just want to see the good stuff).

[Via: Autoblog]

…Skydiving isn’t scarry enough?

I’ve gone skydiving, and it was fun, and it scared the piss out of me, but I’d imagine that after a while you would just get used to that feeling and it would no longer be fun to just jump out of the plane and float around for a while. Once that happens, if you want to keep getting that nice little adrenaline fix, you’ve got to find some way of getting that scare the piss out of you feeling back, otherwise you might as well just be grocery shopping with a parachute on. So what are you options? One is to speedfly, a method of descending a mountain on skis where you skim along, just above the ground and hundreds of sharp, jagged rocks, often touching the ground for a brief while only to lift off again and shoot out over a cliff, flying along at breakneck speeds with just enough reaction time to realize that you’re about to die just before you actually do. Interested? Check out Fran çois Bon and Antoine Montant’s speedfly descent down Mount Eiger in first person movie mode:

If that doesn’t get your blood flowing, how about jumping out of a plane, only to land in the back seat of a moving car? Top Gear attempted to do just that, parachuting into the back of a Mercedes Benz at speed:

So if the whole falling to the ground because your chute didn’t open possibility just doesn’t do it for you anymore, fear not, there’s sure to be something else you can try with a chute on that will require a new set of undies afterwards.

[Via: High T3ch Magazine]

[Via: Digg]

…Gran Turismo wants to be just like real life?

Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo, a PlayStation series, sells itself as The Real Driving Simulator; a game that has always been synonymous with realism and true to life physics. It does seem pretty real (sometimes frustratingly so) when I play it, so I have often wondered just how true to life the game really is. Thankfully, Top Gear had the same wonderings, and decided to do a little test to see if they could match the time they can do in the game with the time they can do on the same track and in the same car as in the game, but in the real world. Watch and see:

[Gran Turismo]

[Via: High T3ch Magazine]

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…America is part of a Food Fight?

Food Fight

Food Fight is “an abridged history of American-centric war, from World War II to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict”.

It’s a pretty entertaining and “chronologically re-enacted smorgasbord of aggression”, and definitely worth a few minutes of your time, so watch and see if you can identify all of the parties involved.

[Food Fight]