He told me his gorilla suit had been taken by his landlady in Pensacola, Florida because he could not pay his back rent. She kept his trunk with all his possessions as well. So his movie days were over...
A brief, thoughtful recollection of the last days of the elusive Emil Van Horn
, who, with pioneers like Charles Gemora
, Ray "Crash" Corrigan
, Steve Calvert
, George Barrows
, Janos Prohaska
, and Bob Burns
, established the golden age
of Hollywood gorilla men
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on May 19, 2011 -
Short film of climber
Dan Osman scaling Lover's Leap in California without ropes, racing over 400 vertical feet in just under four & a half minutes. Link goes to direct wmv download. Having never heard of Osman before, I was shocked to find out that his daredevil ways led to an early death when a rope snapped
while Osman was performing a modfied form of bungie jumping in Yosemite back in 1999.
posted by jonson
on Nov 23, 2005 -
Great Leap Forward
With the Chinese minister of extreme sports in attendance, American skateboarder Danny Way
cleared a 61-foot gap at nearly 50 mph, crossing the Great Wall of China. "I'm not a fan of heights," said Way, 31, who made five successive jumps. "The sooner I can get down from the top in one piece, the better." Daredevil sports have taken off in China, where Flying Over the Wall events
began 10 years ago, but this was the first skateboarder to make an attempt. In 2002, a Chinese bicyclist died attempting to jump the wall
when he landed outside the safety area.
posted by rcade
on Jul 10, 2005 -
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, when the staff at this radio station had one of those dynamic, 'brainstorming' sessions, to dream up 'wacky' new competitions for their listeners...
Now they're going to have their asses sued.
posted by apocalypse miaow
on Jan 15, 2003 -
does it again! Alain Robert has just sucessfully made it two-thirds of the way up the 50 storey 1 Canada Sq in London's Canary Wharf before being arrested by police in a window-cleaning cart. It's like a war zone down there. As soon as any news links appear i'll post them here.
posted by andyHollister
on Oct 18, 2002 -
Jumping out of an airplane is one thing I'd never do. But jumping out of a balloon in sub-orbital space...nope, don't think I'd do that either.
posted by thc
on Nov 4, 2000 -