Let Us Now Praise Crazy Mofos
Adventure sings a bewitching song, and whether the challenge involves climbing a deadly mountain or plunging into a bottomless abyss, a few undaunted individuals hear the call and say, “Why not?”
But you know all about that. What you may have missed is the rarely glimpsed world of obsessive superachievers and foolhardy flakes who crank things up considerably. Like the guy who pedaled off on a bike rideand kept going for 42 years and 300,000 miles. Or the guy who spent 147 days buried underground, shattering a record set by his mom.
Applaud, gasp, and, yes, laugh, but give these brave souls the respect they deserve. When they stumble by on their mad rounds, take a deep breath, issue a crisp salute, and say, “Wow. Better him than me.”
Without a Barrel
Wearing nothing but his street clothes, Kirk Jones flung himself over Niagara Falls. Why? He’s still trying to come with an answer
By Jake Halpern