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Daemon
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Google Exec Overtakes Baumgartner, Claims Skydive Records

A Google executive has broken the world altitude record for skydiving set by Felix Baumgartner in a much-hyped 2012 jump. The 57-year-old senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from an altitude of 135,890 feet, nearly 8,000 feet higher than Baumgartner, hitting a peak velocity of 822 mph (1,321 km/h) during his 123,414-foot freefall—both record numbers as well. As Eustace plummeted toward Earth from the edge of space, observers on the ground heard the sonic boom triggered at the moment his body exceeded the speed of sound. More...
ChristopherJohnson
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Must be an unforgettable experience.
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I cannot image what that dive must have been like or even how to describe it. I have questions that I'm hoping to gather a better understanding of this event. The man triggered a sonic boom. How is it possible that this man's body did not sustain any injuries? Could he not feel the "boom"? I'm sure he wore a special helmet and suit, but how could he not feel the heat? I'm not well-versed on this kind of event. Please forgive my ignorance.
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When he triggered a sonic boom, the sound was not caused by him hitting anything. He would have experienced a change in pressure but reported that he heard and felt nothing. It was the speed he was falling at that caused the sound waves to bump into each other . . . .
GreenBanana
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:06:01 AM

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So...what's the news-worthy bit?
AnjanaDutt
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Wow! What a moment for him!Applause
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rich and ridiculous
TB Turtle
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:36:08 PM

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I agree with Striker. How many hungry kids could have been fed if he had taken a roller coaster ride instead? At times a Cheaper thrill should suffice.
NeuroticHellFem
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TB Turtle wrote:
I agree with Striker. How many hungry kids could have been fed if he had taken a roller coaster ride instead? At times a Cheaper thrill should suffice.


True, but if I had the opportunity, I'd love to do it!
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 2:23:41 AM

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We need the ' feeding hungry kids ' equivalent of Godwin's Law. Not that I'm against feeding hungry children, it's just that we cannot as a species boil everything down to that. We'd all be farmers.
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Well I suppose as things go, this could be important; kind of like that twinge of gas I had after I ate that extra large pizza the other night....For, as it were, I did break a record, I believe.
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After reading the expanded version of this piece, I wonder if some of the money spent on this venture could have been used to help those effected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa? I wonder...
excaelis
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Perhaps if West African politicians were less intent on enriching themselves through corruption the money would already be there.
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