That Guy Jumped From Near-Space, Broke The Sound Barrier With His Body, A Bunch Of Other Records

October 15, 2012


Yesterday morning Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule over 24-miles high and set the records for the highest manned balloon trip, highest skydive, fastest skydive (getting up to ~833MPH, or Mach 1.24), and the most people to turn into a live Youtube event (~8-million). He wound up not setting the record for the longest freefall though because he pulled his chute super early. Me? I would have pulled it before I even left the capsule because I am a POOR DECISION MAKER. Felix became the first person to break the sound barrier without mechanical assistance and says he couldn't even feel it when he went supersonic, which is way less dramatic than I expected. I thought for sure an arm or a leg was gonna tear off. Still, THE MAN TRAVELED FASTER THAN SOUND. You know how often a shitty song comes on the radio and I try to do that? All the time. *stomping pedal to the metal* BUCKLE UP, BABY -- Ke$ha's on.

Hit the jump for a video of the record-breaking leap as well as the footage from his helmet cam.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in, but send something a little more obscure next time.

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