July 24, 2012

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump on March 15, 2012     Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull

Felix Baumgartner Cancels Test Jump

Skydiver attempting to break sound barrier

For the second consecutive day, Felix Baumgartner has called off the 17-mile test jump that is supposed to prepare him for a record-breaking 23-mile skydive planned for August. Officials for Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos project said that high winds prevented Monday's and then Tuesday's scheduled launch of the balloon that will take the skydiver 90,000 feet above earth. The jump will test the limits of a new pressurized suit that could allow astronauts to re-enter the earth's atmosphere if their spacecraft failed. Baumgartner was due to become the first free-falling human to break the sound barrier in October 2010, but the jump was abruptly called off when he got cold feet. "I wasn’t afraid of the jump; it was the suit. After four years of hiding my anxiety, I had to admit that I was claustrophobic. It got so bad that I couldn’t eat or sleep the day before test runs," Baumgartner said in the July issue of Outside.

Via U.S. News and World Report

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Victor III-class submarine     Photo: Mikhail Kamarov/Flickr

Man Sets Fire to Sub to Leave Work Early

Civilian faces life imprisonment

A civilian laborer who reportedly set fire to a nuclear Navy submarine is facing life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 for the $400 million in damage he caused. Casey James Fury, 24, started the first fire on May 23rd to get out of work early after he became anxious, he told investigators. Fury set a second fire to the dry dock cradle on which the submarine rests on June 16 after he became anxious over the relationship between his ex-girlfriend and the man she started seeing. The Navy originally believed the fire was caused by an industrial vacuum cleaner, but Fury admitted to starting both fires after failing a lie-detector test. At the time of the fires, Fury was taking three medications for anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Via Associated Press

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Mountain Goat     Photo: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife/Flickr

Man Pursuing Goats in Goat Suit Found

Claims to be a bow hunter

The "goat man," spotted approaching a herd of wild goats in a homemade goat costume, is a hunter from California, Utah wildlife officials said Monday. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told the Standard-Examiner that the man, a 57-year-old from California, called the agency to tell them that he was testing the suit in preparation for a bowhunting trip next year. Authorities had expressed concern that the man might become a target himself, noting that they were about to issue 60 goat hunting permits for the area. Coty Creighton, the man who first photographed the hunter, said that he was disappointed to discover the goat man's mundane identity. "I thought I wanted answers, but I was naive," Creighton said. "I should have left well enough alone. Now I just want the mystery back."

Via Washington Post

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Mickey Rourke: World's Fastest Man?

Claims he outkicked Usain Bolt

Mickey Rourke is faster than Usain Bolt, according to Mickey Rourke. The 59-year-old actor claims he beat the World’s Fastest Man in a 30-meter race outside a Central London nightclub earlier this year. A few qualifiers: it was 4 a.m., Rourke had been drinking, and Bolt gave him a four-step head start. "It was just that time of the night, you know, when anything can happen,” said the star of 1986's Nine 1/2 Weeks. “So I went up to him and I said, 'Come on, you are the world's fastest man, let's go.'” Rourke maintains he went on to win “by a few inches". Bolt will run the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay for Jamaica in London. Rourke did not qualify for any Olympic events.

Via Yahoo! Sports

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