Saturday, 20 April 2024

The UnXplained: Daredevil Feats and Superpowers (Special)

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 13:01

Greenland April 2013, lying within the coastal mountains of this frigid landscape, is lake Corano covered beneath a million tons of ice. Its crystal blue waters hover at a hypothermia-inducing 33° f 1° above freezing, wearing only a pair of swim truns. Four-time World champion free diver, st.

Severon plung us into the ice water in an attempt to set a new record for the longest swim under ice without an oxygen tank, and unable to surface, he risks unconsciousness and death As he swims 250 ft underwater, or nearly the length of a football field. When most people jump in ice-cold water, they start gasping and they panic. Within 10 minutes, you become icy, cold to the core, and your body can simply shut down.

I understand that people think it's crazy or wild or stupid. Even, you know, unbelievable. But I love to challeng signs, I love to challenge the human physiology, human potential, and it's great. Steve, swim beneath the ice wasn't the first time. He went to extremes. In May of 2012. He also held his breath for an astonishing 22 minutes. But what would compel someone to push themselves to the limit, risking death, just a pull off a stun?

Some of us seem to be hardwired to push the limits. Some of us seem to crave excitement, intensity, euphoria, there seem to be a certain fraction of people in need of physical activities or other kinds of activities that push the limits of safety or human possibility, or perseverance. Now, it's a question as to whether these people are seeking euphoria, or whether they're seeking some greater, more visceral connection with themselves.

Humans have this drive, and this need to seek novelty to see what's on the other side of the unknown. And it's something that is incredibly dangerous, but also makes us able to do insanely difficult things in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A new breed of thrill seekers popularized the public display of pushing the limits of human ability, risking life and limb to perform death-defying feats in pursuit of fame and fortune.

And the first of these daredevils was a man named Sam Patch. Sam Patch was the evil coneval of the early 19th century. They called him the Jersey jumper, the Yankee leaper. He liked to jump off things, famously. They had a platform erected in NAA falls, so that he could jump into the water, but from a really high level 75 or 100 FT. Unfortunately, it's risky business.

And in 1829 on Friday the 13th, he either slipped or fell awkwardly and didn't go in feet first, as he normally did. The audience of several thousand heard a splat, and he was never seen from again. But Sam Patch's tragic demise did not deter. Other would be daredevils over the next century. Countless more followed in his footsteps. Increasing the danger with every attempt, including one who went to the next level by taking to the skies.

CLM sound was an aerialist. One of the first, maybe the first to build for himself, a kind of gliding suit. He would jump out of airplanes with the wings attached in a kind of tail structure. One of his nicknames was the birdman. He would glide for thousands of feet and then eventually pull the rip cord and parachute to safety.

And he did this on both sides of the Atlantic, unfortunately, outside of Paris, in 1937, in front of a crowd of as many of a 100,000 people, he glided through the air, and then his first shoot failed to open, and then the second one, then he plunged to his death. The practice of performing thrill-seeking feats is alive. And well, today, even if not all daredevils survive, their attempt to push the limits.

But why do so many human beings feel the need to pursue incredible feats even if it means risking their lives, pushing boundaries, and pushing limits is part of our human nature. You would think that would be counterintuitive. Seeking pain seems like not the brightest thing to do, because we're going against our survival. If you look at any animal in the animal kingdom, none of them really do things that go against survival instincts.

They just want to survive human beings. On the other hand, we will seek out things that put us at immense risk and not for any external reward, but really, for the internal reward of doing it, seeking something difficult. Something hard often makes people will feel alive.


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