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Some of those were pretty cool but a few were rather... is that it? I mean, the guy diving into the waterfall? I don't think that really gets to awesome level if we don't get to see him coming out.
posted by kmz at 3:29 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I almost subtitled it "and a few dumb people being dumb" but I thought the awesome factor outweighed the dumb.
posted by morganannie at 3:30 PM on October 26, 2010


Reckless people being reckless. And Roger Federer being Roger Federer.
posted by afx237vi at 3:32 PM on October 26, 2010


Also includes ads being shitty and hoaxes being fakey.
posted by iloveit at 3:36 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Some of these are fakes. AWESOME FAKES.

Also, I didn't see it in there, but I think this video is pretty awesome in the old-school sense of the word, "inspiring apprehension or fear." So much fear.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:37 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Federer's real awesome is better than his fake awesome.

Also, hope that little girl gets into bike racing.
posted by aerotive at 3:39 PM on October 26, 2010


Yeah, the little girl and here slide parking job is extra badass. Overall, I agree: awesome!
posted by dirtdirt at 3:43 PM on October 26, 2010


Nice to see Vulcan in there.
posted by activitystory at 3:48 PM on October 26, 2010


Meh. More like 'These people are awesome. You? Eh..."

Whatevs.
posted by redbeard at 3:50 PM on October 26, 2010


Selection bias.
posted by GuyZero at 3:51 PM on October 26, 2010


Or perhaps I should say, survivor bias.
posted by GuyZero at 3:51 PM on October 26, 2010


I absolutely love that people have the enthusiasm and energy to learn these kinds of things, not to mention the athleticism. Is that guy at :45 actually running on water?
posted by missix at 3:52 PM on October 26, 2010


Some people have awesome skills...CGI skills.
posted by sourwookie at 3:52 PM on October 26, 2010


First person perspective of jumping off things from great heights into tiny pools of water. DO NOT WANT.

(And yeah, I believe the running on water was debunked/admitted to be fake.
posted by maryr at 3:58 PM on October 26, 2010


)
posted by maryr at 3:58 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Rescued by the little girl on the bike.
posted by empath at 4:07 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


The guy running on water is fake. We pretty much established that here on Metafilter some time ago. Although it is an awesome fake.

Interesting to note that 99 percent of the people who do awesome things are guys. Possibly because girls don't actually have to DO anything to be awesome. Doing things is just a bonus, for women.
posted by Faze at 4:07 PM on October 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


That man on chairs on the edge of a building - where is he now?
posted by Cranberry at 4:14 PM on October 26, 2010


The ping pong clip was beyond belief, I had to find the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrp-FT51zPE&feature=related
posted by Shit Parade at 4:16 PM on October 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's missing a clip of me throwing an M&M almost 3 feet high, and catching it with my mouth.
posted by qvantamon at 4:22 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Most of the stunts fall into two categories: hitting impossible targets (most frequently basketball hoops) and taking flying leaps and surviving. The outtakes of the first category would be totally boring, the second category utterly horrifying (or soon to be seen in "Jackass 4").
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:24 PM on October 26, 2010


The outtakes of the first category would be totally boring, the second category utterly horrifying (or soon to be seen in "Jackass 4").

Or Faces of Death.
posted by Hylas at 4:35 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ping Pong should always be like the one in Shit Parades link. Awesome.

I had to go back to see the little girl being, yes, awesome, as all those high-flying leaps were making me fear death just by watching them. I have scars and broken bits from five-minute meetings with skateboards. (Okay, there was a cement floor and a jumprope and some ill-advised idea to attempt to do both at the same time involved, but even if it had worked it would never have been awesome)
posted by dabitch at 4:36 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was expecting someone being chased by an explosion down a hallway with an orphan under one arm and a basket of kittens under another.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:50 PM on October 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


That is, I was expecting more selfless awesome and less extreme sports awesome.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:53 PM on October 26, 2010


That is, I was expecting more selfless awesome and less extreme sports awesome.

Heroic people being heroes? That would also be cool.
posted by morganannie at 4:55 PM on October 26, 2010


Um. This is full of fakes, unimpressive stunts, edited out takes, and crappy techno. While people are awesome, this is no evidence of that.
posted by chairface at 4:56 PM on October 26, 2010


Heroic people being heroes?

They rarely have multiple cameras capturing their every move.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:38 PM on October 26, 2010


I can vouch for at least one of them being real. Mainly because I can do that myself!

(Of course I'm referring to the little shoe-shimmy down the stairs at 3:55. Not any of the impressive ones)
posted by Widepath at 5:50 PM on October 26, 2010


(Of course I'm referring to the little shoe-shimmy down the stairs at 3:55. Not any of the impressive ones)

No way. That one made me "rewind" the video a few times because it looked so cool.
posted by morganannie at 5:58 PM on October 26, 2010


(Of course I'm referring to the little shoe-shimmy down the stairs at 3:55. Not any of the impressive ones)


No way. That one made me "rewind" the video a few times because it looked so cool.


Yeah, that IS cool, and you'd better just explain how you do it so we can learn a cool trick, please.
posted by orme at 6:13 PM on October 26, 2010


no wingsuit?
posted by spacediver at 6:25 PM on October 26, 2010


Of the real ones, I wonder how many combined appearances on the Fail blog they've totted up before making it to this collection.
posted by Mike D at 6:36 PM on October 26, 2010


crappy techno

More like crappy indie dance.
posted by empath at 6:37 PM on October 26, 2010


no wingsuit?

Eponysterical.
posted by morganannie at 6:42 PM on October 26, 2010


lucky shot
posted by eugenen at 6:46 PM on October 26, 2010


More like Awesome People Who Have Been Bitten by Radioactive Spiders Being Awesome.
posted by Scoo at 7:03 PM on October 26, 2010


More like whoohoo testosterone!
posted by nickyskye at 8:06 PM on October 26, 2010


What's with the music? Not awesome.
posted by ratita at 8:37 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'll have to verify, but I'm pretty sure the clip of the cheerleader being flipped through the basketball hoop ended with a concussion. She hits the back of her head on the rim as she goes through.
posted by hoperaiseshell at 8:43 PM on October 26, 2010


An AWESOME concussion.

(cf. a non-awesome concussion.)
posted by Rhaomi at 8:48 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here is awesome Johnny Knoxville doing an awesome stunt where a motorcycle falls out of the sky and onto his dick, which is why he now has to pee using an awesome catheter.
posted by dgaicun at 9:17 PM on October 26, 2010


You think that's cool? You should see me program a computer. It would knock your fucking socks off.
posted by i_have_a_computer at 9:44 PM on October 26, 2010


Better version
posted by hellojed at 9:50 PM on October 26, 2010


Yeah, that IS cool, and you'd better just explain how you do it so we can learn a cool trick, please.


Well ok, I’ll try. But I have never tried to explain it. I basically learned it by feel and practice. In fact this is the first time I have seen anyone else do it, but that guy can do it way smoother than I can.

First of all, put your hands on the damn handrails! Seriously!

Now, you put your lead foot (I use my left but I assume it can differ) on a lower step and the other foot in the step above. Hang both feet off their steps until about half of each foot is over the edge. Foot arches right on stair edges. And then just point your feet down until your feet slide off and land on the next steps down. But, you try to hit the next step right at the edges with that same downward angle of your feet. Normally you need to push off a little on each step with your back foot, that is where that little shimmy comes in. The only real trick is to find the perfect distance apart for your feet. And when you have it, locking your legs so they don't significantly move apart.

It is a lot easer on slick stairs, like wet concrete or carpet like in the video. Oh and use flat sole shoes. One time I was wearing dress shoes with a bit of a heel and was walking down some stairs, without thinking I just started doing it and got real close to going ass over tea kettle down the stairs. Handrails!
posted by Widepath at 10:02 PM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Widepath, the search is now on for the perfect set of stairs. Thanks! Methinks perfection of this technique also involves just the right shoe size.

You know what they say about shoe size? It helps you slide down stairs better.
posted by Cheminatrix at 10:31 PM on October 26, 2010


When YouTube was still kinda new, I thought it would be clever to search for videos tagged "faceplant".

I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. Not clever at all. Made me sick to my stomach.
posted by Xoebe at 11:23 PM on October 26, 2010


You guys have spilled your haterade all over my floor CLEAN IT UP
posted by jbickers at 3:31 AM on October 27, 2010


Or Faces of Death.

Yes, as a mature adult who has way too many teenage boys in his immediate community, I would argue for this post being retitled "Awesome People Being Awesome, Stupid People Being Lucky, Imaginary People Faking Stuff, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME"

... and then, include a link to this. (WARNING: Not Suitable For Anyone Really)
posted by philip-random at 9:56 AM on October 27, 2010


The outtakes of the first category would be totally boring

I don't know, I watched the full video of them trying to hit the gong across the lake with the Golf Ball, and it was kind of compelling.
posted by chill at 1:43 PM on October 27, 2010


Thanks, Widepath. I just tried your trick and snapped my penis off.
posted by orme at 5:48 AM on October 28, 2010


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