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March 5, 2014
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest living person • On whether or not she is happy to have reached the age of 116, during a party in her honor at the Kurenai nursing home where she lives. She credits her long life to eating healthily, reportedly a big fan of sashimi herself, and getting plenty of rest. Okawa is only the tenth person in history to reach the age of 116, and the third-oldest Japanese citizen ever to have lived. source
17:17 // 1 month ago
February 5, 2013
New figures for Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting “spacedive” have been released by Red Bull.
- October 2012 Skydiver Felix Baumgartner took part in the now world-famous Red Bull Stratos “spacejump” which saw the 42-year-old daredevil set world records for the highest manned balloon flight and highest freefall.
- February 2013 The Red Bull Stratos project released new figures which reveal that Baumgartner didn’t fall quite as far as previously believed (127,852.4 ft. instead of 128,100 ft.); however, Baumgartner apparently fell notably faster than previously reported. While it was originally believed that Felix reached a top speed of 833.9 mph, the Austrian actually reached a maximum speed of 843.6 mph. source
17:01 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2012
James Cameron, director of Avatar and Titanic, sets world record for solo diving: He set the record diving 5.1 miles below the surface of water in his 24-foot personal submarine, the Deepsea Challenger. Now, the director is preparing for a 6-hour trip to the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, a place so deep that humans have not visited the site in 52 years. He’ll make the trip with a full array of 3D cameras in tow, as well as an 8-foot LED light array attached to the top of the sub, and plans for the journey are being documented by National Geographic. (photo via Extreme Tech) source
16:32 // 2 years ago
December 12, 2011
Back in October, Michelle Obama and 300,265 other people worldwide (including 400 in her direct vicinity) attempted to break a record by doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The record attempt was successful, Obama said on the “Let’s Move” Web site this morning. We’re totally gonna celebrate by doing some jumping jacks ourselves. Because we’re creative like that. source
10:22 // 2 years ago