Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Slacklining over Yosemite Falls: X Games on steroids?

The Great Blondin, a tightrope artist of the mid-1800s, walked across the Niagara River on a rope without a net and without a safety line. He subsequently crossed while riding a bike, walking on stilts and carrying a man on his back. Who'd volunteer for that?

Oddly, Jean Francois Gravelet even ate an omelet he cooked on a small stove while balanced on a rope half-way across the gorge just down from Niagara Falls.

Dean Potter doesn't stop to cook and eat an omelet while slacklining across Yosemite Falls, yet his feat is no less daring -- even if he uses a safety line. Potter is known for pushing the limits in extreme sports, but he isn't that crazy.

Gravelet used a long balancing pole to keep him upright on the narrow tightrope. Potter, an expert at slacklining, a modern-day version of tightrope walking, uses only his arms.

As the water rushes over the iconic falls of Yosemite National Park, Potter becomes one with the rope (at least eventually):




Why does he do it? His reasoning might be as crazy as the stunt.

"People just think I'm a lunatic or an adrenaline junkie and that's not really what's going on with me," the highliner says on the video. "The beauty is mostly what I'm concerned with; that's really why I'm up here trying to cross a line over Yosemite Falls."

Most reasonable tourists of Yosemite National Park are able to capture its beauty just fine with two feet firmly planted on terra firma, thank you very much.

Oh, and by the way, we take it back. Potter really is crazy (or was crazy). Check out his slacklining video from Yosemite Valley sans security rope. He also has plenty of BASE jumping and free climbing videos posted online. Just google that crazy guy named Potter -- Dean not Harry.


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fishing in Hurricane Irene: Two fishing fools caught on tape

What kind of fish do you catch during a hurricane? Perhaps we should ask these two fishermen, who were spotted fishing in Rockaway, New York, during the winds and rain from Hurricane Irene.

AP captured the two fishermen in this raw video, entitled "Fishing Through Hurricane Irene":





So, what up with these fishermen? Is it a) They just wanted to do something stupid to get on TV; or b) They forget to check the weather forecast; or c) They really don't mind fishing in a hurricane; or d) They are filming a reality TV pilot on how people drown.

By the way, as soon as we get a fish report from Sweet Irene's fishing fools we'll pass it on.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Shark swims in flooded streets of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irene

And if you believe that headline, you'll believe everything you see on the news. To you people, listen up: Photoshop can make things look real. Don't be gullible.

Unfortunately, news about this unique technology called Photoshop has yet to reach Miami's Channel 7 News team, which reported on a great white shark swimming a flooded street in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irene.

Instead, it ought to have been reporting on the Photoshopped photo of a great white shark swimming in a flooded street in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irene. You know, like The Washington Post did.

Instead, its viewers got this report:




Again, don't believe everything you see or hear in the news, lest you fall for faux news.

Thanks to The Dorsal Fin

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Humpback whale rescued from gillnets in Sea of Cortez; amazing video

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Freedom has never been so clearly defined as it was by the humpack whale in this spectacular video shot in the Sea of Cortez.

The end of the video will have you oohing and aahing over the explosive waterworks produced by a very happy and appreciative humpback whale. The beginning will make you cringe. It's the sight of a dying humpback whale tangled in a gillnet and unable to move, and barely able to get air.

Luckily, Michael Fishback happened along in his skiff. With one small knife.

Michael Fishback is the co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy. He narrates this 8 1/2-minute, feel-good video shot on Valentine's Day earlier this year and posted on YouTube just recently. Watch it; you will not be disappointed (it's also definitely worth sharing with others):





As you saw, Fishback and his crew worked for an hour to free the humpback whale from the gillnet. When it finally gained its freedom, the whale put on a show unlike any other you'll see in nature. Forty breaches, and a wave goodbye with its fluke.

"Mommy, I know what she's doing," you can hear a little girl say in the background. "She's showing us she's all free."

Indeed, the humpback whale was doing the freedom dance.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stunt artist Danny MacAskill does the impossible on a mountain bike

Danny MacAskill, aka Danny MegaSkill, is at it again with another incredible video display of mountain bike dancing, choreographed beautifully to a catchy musical tune called "The Wolves" by Ben Howard.

MacAskill, the mountain biking pro and stunt artist from Scotland, jumps from one side of a train track to the other, climbs every piece of metal in an industrial train yard and, for the pièce de résistance, rides atop an unstable cable.

"It makes slacklining look like a walk down the middle of the street," Adventure Journal wrote.

The newest video is called "Industrial Revolutions," and it is every bit as good as his "Inspired Bicycles," a video that has produced more than 26 million views on YouTube, and "Way Back Home," another mountain bike video gone viral by the mountain biker.

It is poetry on a mountain bike and it is well worth five minutes of your day to check it out, right here, right now:




Tell us what you think in comments!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Salmon grow in the trees of Tongass Rainforest in Alaska

Yes, that's right. Salmon -- the fish enjoyed by bears, bald eagles and humans -- grow in the trees of the Tongass Rainforest in Alaska.

How is it possible? This 3-minute video will provide the surprising answer, with the beauty of Alaska a bonus thrown in for good measure:




Salmon in the trees. Who knew?

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