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Swing On A Scar

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The thrill that you get from achieving that goal, whether flying a plane, running a race, or shagging a sheep, diminishes every time you repeat the feat. The Piper Cub pilot might aspire to a Learjet, the 5K runner might take on a marathon, and sheep shagger wait stop why would anybody do that?! bungee1 You take the first leap of faith, and want to experience the same thrill, so you take it to greater heights. bungee2 After you've once again reached that plateau, you take it to the extreme. rbung5 The Moscow based Sinner Team has been practicing extreme stunts since 2008. Despite the extreme nature of their sports, they play it safe. Here a group member makes sure the bungee doesn't tangle as a colleague takes a 250 foot leap from the tower. rbung3 It's immediately noticeable when the end of the bungee is reached and it starts to stretch. rbung4 But there's no need to worry, when the harness is firmly attached to the body. rbung2 The Sinners prepare for their jumps by inserting four metal bars to which the harness will attach through skin piercings. The piercings are temporary, just for the occasion. rbung1 They jump and record their expressions as the harness tightens. rbung7 Then they land triumphantly. We wonder what they'll hang from when the thrill is over this time.
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The Thais That Bind

by on Sep.06, 2011, under Culture, Drugs, Food, Health, History, Religion

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is held for nine days during the ninth month of the lunar calendar every year. The ethnic Chinese that celebrate believe that abstinence from meat and various stimulants  will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is thought that perhaps the festival was bought to Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill with malaria while performing on the island. They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods who would ensure purification of the mind and body. On recovery, the people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honour the gods as well as express the people's happiness at surviving what was, in the nineteenth century, a fatal illness.

 During the festival, vegetarian food is sold in the stalls. People show off their elaborate tattoos. There's firewalking. If you're not afraid of heights, there's razor-blade ladder climbing. And there's "extreme" piercing. Really extreme. They even make this guy look like a wimp. It's a good thing they're vegetarians.
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Hip Hop Extreme

by on Jun.06, 2010, under Games, Health, Technology, Toys

Pogo sticks never had the cachet of a minibike or go-kart.  The kid in the neighborhood that had a pogo stick also had a unicycle and a scooter made from an old skateboard.  Wouldn't it be a lot cooler if you could turn it into an extreme sport, maybe even an olympic event?

Vurtego High Performance Pogo Stick

The original pogo sticks were made from wood and didn't hold up very well.  The Vurtego pictured above is a streamlined version made from modern materials.  But it's still a toy.

Flybar Pogo Stick

The Flybar 1200 Pogo Stick can take a 170 pound rider more than 5 feet in the air.  It's equipped with 12 thrusters made from synthetic rubber rods.  You can engage any or all of the thrusters to adjust for your weight and the desired power.

If you're ready to put down $ 500 for a pogo stick, read more at http://www.flybar.com/

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