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On Top of the World
January 4, 2011 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Ever wondered what the view is like from the top of the tallest building in the world?
posted by empath (71 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Obnoxious and shaky?
posted by Riptor at 9:36 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


something sphincter something something
posted by DU at 9:37 AM on January 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Tingly prostate, sweaty palms, urge to slap dudebro with camera.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:38 AM on January 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


My balls are now safely ensconced between my kidneys.
posted by explosion at 9:41 AM on January 4, 2011 [10 favorites]


Why do I keep clicking on these links?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:42 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow I think I just shittened myself! That guy in the white T-shirt acts like he does this every day!
posted by Mister_A at 9:43 AM on January 4, 2011


Dang, my palms are sweating. Daaaaang.

This is almost worse than that video months back of the broadcast tower repair. That one at least had that thin veil of narration to make it kind of academic.

I need a towel.
posted by Maaik at 9:43 AM on January 4, 2011


Utterly bodacious brah, could you like shut up and film the view a little better.
posted by fire&wings at 9:45 AM on January 4, 2011


Well, that just saved me $5. There's no way I'm going to be able to eat lunch after watching that...

And, no kidding. My palms are literally dripping with sweat after watching that.....

(Previously)
posted by schmod at 9:48 AM on January 4, 2011


Do not want.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:49 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Utterly bodacious brah, could you like shut up and film the view a little better.

How about - the next time you're up at the top of that building you can film it however you want?
posted by schwa at 9:51 AM on January 4, 2011 [10 favorites]


I have to go lay down now. I feel queasy.
posted by lampshade at 9:52 AM on January 4, 2011


I think my brain must be missing an important glob of flesh because I'm a complete wuss when it comes to things like centipedes and worms and loud noises but I love watching stuff like this and the transmission tower video. Like all the ball-clenching fear I'm supposed to feel gets somehow converted to "oh my god, I want to be there right now."
posted by theodolite at 9:56 AM on January 4, 2011


> all the ball-clenching fear I'm supposed to feel gets somehow converted to "oh my god, I want to be there right now."

Well, after a few seconds of sympathetic nervous breakdown, I simply viewed the video without much physiological response since it is just a little video clip (and nothing particularly bad is happening). However, watching a video and being there are not at all the same.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:58 AM on January 4, 2011


Much less annoying video. More view, interesting talk. From the window washer. Yes, his hardhat says: COX.
posted by chavenet at 10:02 AM on January 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


This is almost worse than that video months back of the broadcast tower repair.

See, I was thinking just the opposite; the last video had the view getting incrementally higher each second, and the first person perspective meant that you were watching the hands making scary decisions that you had no control over.

This one just put me up in a hight space right away with no real context. It's basically the same view I could get hanging off the skid of a helicopter, which is freaky, yeah. But it doesn't seem to have the same impact for me for some reason.
posted by quin at 10:05 AM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


That one dude looks like Ted Danson. You may know him as "the little danson man"
posted by orville sash at 10:05 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


AGAIN! AGAIN!
posted by Capt. Renault at 10:06 AM on January 4, 2011


I have a tremendous fear of heights, but I generally don't have too much of a problem with these videos. Now, if I was watching a high def version on an IMAX sized screen... that would be a different matter.
posted by kmz at 10:06 AM on January 4, 2011


oh good god no STOP SWINGING THE DAMNED CAMERA AROUND
posted by jbickers at 10:06 AM on January 4, 2011


Whoa we're like totes high up dudes.
posted by Beardman at 10:09 AM on January 4, 2011


However, watching a video and being there are not at all the same.

True enough, but I like actually being there at the tops of things too. (Although if I'm somewhere high up and I look at something even higher I get a twinge of fear. Go figure.)
posted by theodolite at 10:09 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, at least he didn't have a flying squirrel suit and promptly jump off it... For that, I thank him.
posted by Nanukthedog at 10:12 AM on January 4, 2011


Just to be countercultural, I'm going to pretend that THIS IS AWESOME MAN I WANNA JUMP OFF IT
posted by shakespeherian at 10:12 AM on January 4, 2011


At least if you fell off this tower you'd have plenty of time to make peace with the universe before you splatted. If you didn't black out, of course.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:16 AM on January 4, 2011


I was doing all right until they pointed the camera straight down. Then, not so much.
posted by Joe Beese at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2011


PRESS [HEAD] TO SYNCHRONIZE
posted by nasreddin at 10:23 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


needs more kitties putting on bunny masks.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:24 AM on January 4, 2011


That video is enough to make you be sick.

I hereby declare we rename that building the Purge Khalifa.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:25 AM on January 4, 2011


At least if you fell off this tower you'd have plenty of time to make peace with the universe before you splatted. If you didn't black out, of course.

Maybe about 20 seconds at the most.
posted by empath at 10:27 AM on January 4, 2011


So how does one get to the top of the Burj Khalifa?
posted by mrgrimm at 10:28 AM on January 4, 2011


Needs more slot-faced babies.
posted by unknowncommand at 10:28 AM on January 4, 2011


So how does one get to the top of the Burj Khalifa?

One step at a time.
posted by empath at 10:38 AM on January 4, 2011


Least-necessary phrase ever: "Don't drop it".
posted by Curious Artificer at 10:40 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nice. Thanks for sharing that.
posted by zzazazz at 10:41 AM on January 4, 2011


And, no kidding. My palms are literally dripping with sweat after watching that.....
(Previously)


Oh for fuck's sake, schmod:)
I'm a wuss who just coped fine with On Top of the World, but that....
posted by Jody Tresidder at 10:43 AM on January 4, 2011


I could only watch about two seconds of this. That looks so high up, if you fell, I imagine you'd get bored before you hit the ground.
posted by stinkycheese at 10:50 AM on January 4, 2011


Sorry, guys, but as a veteran acrophobe, I'm just not feeling it. Too much focus on the brahs and not enough on them getting up there, really getting a perspective on how high up they are, etc. One brief shot, a few seconds long, down the tower (with foreshortening not really giving a really good perspective of their real height) doesn't cut it. Now that one video with the transmission tower, that was something.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:50 AM on January 4, 2011


What happened to the cushion I was sitting on?

Oh no.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 10:53 AM on January 4, 2011


So that's where the lagoon for Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ride went to!
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 10:55 AM on January 4, 2011


I think I see my dad.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:59 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sorry, guys, but as a veteran acrophobe, I'm just not feeling it. Too much focus on the brahs and not enough on them getting up there, really getting a perspective on how high up they are, etc. One brief shot, a few seconds long, down the tower (with foreshortening not really giving a really good perspective of their real height) doesn't cut it. Now that one video with the transmission tower, that was something.

I agree completely.
posted by rollbiz at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2011


Another video here plus the requested base jump here (crappy CBS new coverage).
posted by rh at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2011


You know the moment towards the end of Aliens when the complex is about to go nuclear and and the alien queen has arrived at the top of the elevator shaft and Ripley tells Newt to close her eyes and then the shuttle Bishop is flying comes up into frame and James Horner's score goes BLAAAARE!! ?

That's the sound I hear in my head when they point the camera straight down.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:02 AM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


The worst bit is the sound of the wind, brah.
posted by Mister_A at 11:06 AM on January 4, 2011


So how does one get to the top of the Burj Khalifa?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:28 PM on January 4


practice, practice, practice
posted by liza at 11:10 AM on January 4, 2011 [4 favorites]


Jesus Christ, schmod, and I thought this FPP was pants-shittening. My heart is pounding right now.
posted by brundlefly at 11:14 AM on January 4, 2011


If anyone needs me, I'll be lying face down in the middle on the floor for a while.
posted by fight or flight at 11:14 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


The curious thing about base jumping is that the higher the tower, the less dramatic it is (to me, not a base jumper). Much scarier to me are the folks who jump off low towers & bridges and whatnot with fractions of seconds to get the chute open. Like this. (Warning, sped-up porn soundtrack, but SFW)
posted by chavenet at 11:18 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


A little more professional, a little less obnoxious, every bit as freaky: At the top of the CN Tower, the previous title-holder.

Among its famous moments: a world-famous stuntman jumps.
posted by bicyclefish at 11:20 AM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


practice, practice, practice

If at first you don't succeed, maybe skydiving isn't for you.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:20 AM on January 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


2000ft Antenna BASE jump
posted by brundlefly at 11:29 AM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


You folks really think these are dudebros? Methinks you have not spent time with real dudebros. So much bromophobia in this post its insane. This link is awesome. My SNS went haywire just watching this.
posted by jnnla at 11:32 AM on January 4, 2011 [2 favorites]



This photo taken from that same location -- originally (at higher res) from National Geographic -- was my screensaver for the month of September. Nobody at work could figure out what it was. It doesn't look like anything we are accustomed to experiencing.
posted by Herodios at 11:33 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


"10 seconds to drop...on my mark"
posted by clavdivs at 11:48 AM on January 4, 2011


THIS IS AWESOME MAN I WANNA JUMP OFF IT

I'm not the only one who spotted the swimming pool way down there?
posted by naju at 12:14 PM on January 4, 2011


Woah, the earth is curved! Every time the camera swings around you can watch it curve away!

These guys are not obnoxious, I don't know where this sentiment is coming from :/
posted by subdee at 12:22 PM on January 4, 2011


well, if you are giving me a choice between your vacation videos, i'd rather watch you get high instead of the sex tape. what now? no, it's not that; i would just feel more comfortable, that's all.
posted by the aloha at 1:05 PM on January 4, 2011


I live in Canada, and I think I can see my house from there.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:17 PM on January 4, 2011


All well and good, but as everyone knows, getting there is half the fun.

Or not.

(Okay, not quite as high, but to my mind far more gut clenching.)
posted by IndigoJones at 1:18 PM on January 4, 2011


Yeah, that got the palms a little moist. Damn. But what about those dudes just sitting there -- untethered -- with their asses hanging over the edge? Seriously?
posted by VicNebulous at 1:29 PM on January 4, 2011


> But what about those dudes just sitting there -- untethered -- with their asses hanging over the edge?

Yes, but what about these dudes?
posted by Burhanistan at 1:35 PM on January 4, 2011


This photo taken from that same location -- originally (at higher res) from National Geographic -- was my screensaver for the month of September.

Yeah, that perspective is abstract. The Burj Dubai all but disappears; all you can see is the spire. But the spire is probably less than a tenth of the total height.
posted by dgaicun at 1:44 PM on January 4, 2011


Thank goodness. I thought I wast the only wuss with sweaty palms after watching the video. Now I know am not alone.
posted by dov3 at 1:46 PM on January 4, 2011


This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement.
posted by knave at 2:56 PM on January 4, 2011


I clicked on this. Accidentally closed it. Clicked on it again annnnnnd it's down due to "copyright infringement."
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:56 PM on January 4, 2011


Here's a very similar video!
posted by Burhanistan at 2:58 PM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Much less annoying video. More view, interesting talk. From the window washer.

Thanks for the link! Yes, the camera angles are better in that one.

I also love how much graffiti there is at the top. Lots of poorly-paid people thumbing their noses at the Man, it would seem.
posted by jiawen at 3:11 PM on January 4, 2011


I couldn't get out at the top of the Eiffel Tower, so forget this.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:18 PM on January 4, 2011


That guy in the white T-shirt acts like he does this every day!

I believe these people were stunt/film crew for Mission Impossible 4, so - loosely speaking - he probably does.
posted by Slyfen at 5:31 AM on January 5, 2011


What the hell is up with you people and chai? I once had a roommate who made masala chai for us. You boil milk and water, add some type of black tea, add ginger, cardamom, sugar, etc. I cannot remember the entire concoction, but it was pretty awesome. You can sometimes get a decent chai at an Indian restaurant.
posted by bleary at 6:02 PM on January 5, 2011


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