This Skydiver Is About To Be The First Person To Jump Without A Parachute

Those of us who play it safe in life could probably learn something from Luke Aikins. One of the best skydivers in the world Aikins has made a total of 18,000 jumps in his life. He’s set world records, trained elite divers, and performed stunts in movies… But his most recent project takes things to another level.

He’ll be the first person ever to jump 25,000 feet without a parachute or wingsuit and (hopefully) land safely. 

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“I’m trying to treat it like just another jump,” Aikins told CBS Los Angeles

Well, we’re not convinced that’s possible since all the other jumps have had that handy parachute there, but what do we know? 

When speaking to U.S. News and World Report, he mentioned that he thought the idea was crazy several years ago when some Hollywood producers pitched him the idea in an attempt to create an epic reality T.V. stunt. He recalled the conversation he had with his wife at the time:

I said, ‘You won’t believe these guys. They want me to jump out without a parachute.’ She said, ‘Oh, with a wingsuit.’ I said, ‘No, they want me to do it with nothing.’ We both had a good laugh about that.

Turns out, the producers planted the seed in his head— and he had to try it out.

As far as qualifications go, Aikins couldn’t be better prepared. 

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The forty-two-year-old has a lifetime of experience skydiving. He made his first jump at age twelve and her first solo jump at age sixteen— and he’s done around eight hundred jumps a year since then. 

Aikins has previously taught skydiving, worked with skydiving instructors, and even done some stunts for Iron Man 3. The guy knows what he’s doing.

And there are some safety measures in place. 

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Aikins will drop into a literal safety net— one that is about a third of the size of a football ball and twenty stories high. Allegedly, the net will provide sufficient space to cushion his fall while ensuring we won’t bounce out. 

And he doesn’t take this endeavor lightly; he has a wife and a four-year-old son to come home to after the jump. “If I wasn’t nervous I would be stupid,” he told U.S. News And World Report. “We’re talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It’s not a joke.”

Don’t worry, there have been some ‘rehearsals’ for the big event.

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During test runs (with parachutes) at the drop location, Aikins has landed in the same spot seventy-three times in a row. 

…Here’s to hoping it happens a seventy-fourth time.

Yes, you’ll be able to watch the jump (if you dare). 

Fox will be broadcasting the two-minute jump live at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday. We recommend watching with a drink and stress ball in hand. 

So, why do this?

“To me, I’m proving that we can do stuff that we don’t think we can do if we approach it the right way,” Aikins answered.

…Fingers crossed. (h/t us news and world report)

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15 Women Shared What They Just Don't Get About Their Significant Others

Entering into a relationship means learning to accept all kinds of quirks about your partner— quirks you didn’t necessarily know about during the honeymoon phase or the first couple dates where they pretended to like your T.V. shows and said that they talk to their mom on the phone every Wednesday. 

And then there are the weird habits that we’ll never get. But that’s love, we suppose. 

Women took to Whisper to vent about what they’ll never understand about their significant others. You’ll probably be able to relate:

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This Garden Is Going To Smell Like Dead Bodies Tonight, And That's A Good Thing

It isn’t often that not being able to smell a dead body in the room is a cause for concern.

But that was the case last week at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, when the much anticipated and incredibly pungent bloom of the Corpse Flower (real name Amorphophallus Titanum) didn’t happen as scheduled.

After waiting nearly ten years for this particular one to bloom, the concern is understandable, though luckily things went smoothly today as the flower revealed its striking red interior and utterly foul stench.

The NYBG website gives us an idea as to how rare of a view this is:

“Each day of careful tending and feeding has led up to this moment: a brief yet glorious window in which the enormous plant (up to eight feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name. This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939.”

The event only lasts 24 to 36 hours, and the NYBG has extended their visiting hours and set up a livestream so no one would miss it


They will undoubtedly post a time-lapse video after the event

The first Corpse Flower found its way into their garden in 1932 and bloomed five years later.  It was adopted as the borough of the Bronx’ official flower soon after in honor of the bloom, and remained the official flower until it was replaced by the Daylily in 2001.

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A School Is Putting Kids In Detention If Their Parents Can't Afford School Lunch

Michaela Community School in London is being slated online after the school’s principle, Katharine Birbalsingh, decided to take a rather extreme measure to get parents to pay up for their children’s school dinner. 

Parent Dionne Kelly, who fell behind on payments for her 12-year-old son, posted a letter she recently received from the school on Twitter. It says that if she doesn’t pay up the £75, her son will be placed into “lunch isolation” and have a limited lunch of a sandwich and a piece of fruit. 

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Kelly, an unemployed single mother, says she received the letter two weeks after her son started at the school. She added that she had not yet had the opportunity to apply for free meals, making the bill a surprise. She told the Daily Mail:

“I found the letter quite threatening. Isolating children for their parents not paying upfront is degrading. It’s embarrassing for poor families.”

She pointed out that the letter appeared to be addressed to several parents, as it began with “Dear families,” but the school would not say if others had received it. 


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Birbalsingh said that the radical method was an attempt to encourage parents to ‘”change their ways” and support their children. She added:

“The letter from Barry Smith…was sent in an attempt to encourage mum to change her ways and support her son by paying for his food.”

“The vast majority of secondary schools use isolation to discipline children.”

Though she was quickly criticized after saying that “lunch isolation” is typically used to allow children a chance to reflect on bad behavior. It seems odd to punish a child for something that is totally out of their control. 

Kelly also claims to have paid the money on time, but that her son was still put into “lunch isolation” for a day. Birbalsingh responded to the allegations by saying that mom didn’t pay up on time and that the detention was the result of bad behavior the day before. 

Kelly has since moved her child to another school and hopes to be able to reclaim the money she paid. Birbalsingh hasn’t been having a good time on Twitter as a result of the letter:

What do you think?

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These Two Cousins Have Exchanged The Same Birthday Card For Forty-Seven Years

In a world where birthday wishes are delivered via a Facebook post of an embarrassing photo from childhood, it’s hard to remember a time when actual paper cards were exchanged. Indeed, whimsical greetings were written by hand and exchanged without a reminder from the Internet (side note: does anyone remember the last time they licked an envelope?)

Well, as it turns out, not everyone has adopted the impersonal, 21st-century approach to birthday greetings. Two family members are giving us serious #FriendshipGoals with their shared birthday card. Redditor LincolnsLostSpeech uploaded a picture of the card which belongs to his fiancée’s uncle and his cousin.

The two have exchanged the same birthday card for FORTY-SEVEN years. It was purchased for twenty-five cents back in the day. 

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Typically, re-gifting is considered rude, but it’s pretty cool when it happens ninety-four times. And hey, the card said so. It’s in surprisingly good condition too— we would definitely have spilled a birthday cocktail on it by now.  

Could this family be any cuter?

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Well done, Bill and Steve. 

The Internet can’t get enough of the cuteness. 

The picture of the card has been viewed nearly two million times in just two days.

It even brought back some nostalgia for a Redditor with a similar experience. 

…Anyone else suddenly in the mood to start cute family traditions? We’re having some major feels. 

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Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas Recreated Their ‘Gotta Find You’ Duet From Camp Rock

Disney fans that were in Future Now’s Washington, DC stop on Tuesday night were in for quite the treat when Joe Jonas walked onstage to join Demi Lovato and his brother Nick.

Fans started cheering within the first few strums as he took them eight years back by singing “Gotta Find You” from Disney’s hit TV Movie Camp Rock.

Demi followed up by performing the movie’s female protagonist Mitchie Torres’s “This Is Me” while Nick accompanied her on guitar.

Fans had a blast.  Demi and Joe even hugged it out before Joe said, “Now that we did all the sentimental bullshit, let’s have some fun,” and went right into DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean.”

Here’s a closer look at the trip back in time from another fan:

This was the movie that launched their careers 8 years ago, and they’ve shown fans that despite all their success, they haven’t forgotten their roots.

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This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.


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I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.

Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.  

The fixation has led to a $ 62 Billion supplement industry and $ 58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

(h/t elitedaily)

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Woman Roasts Ex On Craigslist In Ad For Blender She Received While Breaking Up

Chances are, if you live in Brooklyn and were looking for a decent blender on the cheap this morning, you may have stumbled upon one of the best ads you’ve ever seen for a kitchen appliance in your life.

The ad, cleverly titled, “Wanna put my tender heart in a blender” after a lyric in an Eve 6 song that was popular when I was in high school, was easy to scroll past, but the thumbnail was bound to catch a few eyes.

The ad starts off with some advice for blender shoppers

Never date a corporate lawyer. Here’s how it goes. You match him on Tinder and give him a chance even though he ghosted you after one date.

You never get an explanation for this beyond “I was looking for something specific,” which sounds like another lawyer or some Woody Allenesque waif-bot, but most Brooklyn dudes want that, so fuck it. He has nice hair. He apologizes, claims to hate True Detective, and laughs at all your jokes.

The story goes on as you would expect.  Her (now ex) boyfriend, who she met on Tinder and figured was “not like other corporate lawyers,” was a great guy when they first started going out.  

He was happy, she was happy, and she felt the butterflies in her stomach that she has seen animated all throughout her life for the very first time.

Classic love story, meet classic speed bump:

One night you watch a movie about the futility of monogamy, and he freaks out. He’s scared of commitment. The guy who committed to 80-hour work weeks for nebulous reasons is scared of commitment. The guy who asked to meet your family after you said it would be okay to wait, because commitment can be scary, is now scared of commitment.

We’ve got a commitaphobe on our hands.  She actually already introduced him to her family at his own request, and this ends up marking the beginning of the seller falling out of love.

She spends a weekend with him and his “successful friends,” and seeing the seller having difficulty socializing with them:

This is when he decides you’re incompatible.

He comes over in a panic. He’s sad because “we used to be so happy.” He sees you “in a negative way” now. He sometimes even doubts you’re attractive.

Because lawyers think it’s important to present all sides of reality. To acknowledge how illusory everything is, even human connection. A corporate lawyer can predict the future from a mile up his own asshole.

At this point, the relationship is taking its final breaths, but the ex-boyfriend doesn’t want to be the one to put the pillow over its head.

He clearly wants to break up, but makes you do it. It’s the day after your birthday. A few days later, this Vitamix arrives at your door. Either he wants you back, or he does not understand the human species.

What?

He does not understand the human species. Who buys someone they’re dumping a Vitamix? He wants to be the hero of this story: “I got this girl an epic birthday gift and then we broke up.” He wants me to remember him fondly. I can’t abide it. I had fleeting Hollywood fantasies about smashing it in the street, but that’s for waif-bots.

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I’m not gonna ruin a perfectly good blender. Yet, sitting on my microwave, it looks exactly like the Wappen & Kladden building. I am afraid of it. Please help me.

It’s a certified reconditioned 5200 series. It comes in the box with a 5-year warranty and a recipe book. I am also available for dates.

Without a doubt, this is the first time most of us (I don’t want to assume all) have ever heard of a break-up blender.  The drama attached to it may be a bit much for some households, but it would make a perfect kitchen utensil for the aspiring Kardashian in your life.

As of this writing, the blender is still for sale and the seller is still single.  You can try your luck with either by contacting her through the Craigslist ad.

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The Season 6 'Game Of Thrones' Blooper Reel Is Here To Keep You Sane Until Next Summer

As it turns out, there’s more to San Diego Comic Con than updates on the complex and intertwined worlds of Marvel comics. It’s also the place to be for bonus material from pretty much any T.V. show you’re binging. At this year’s convention, the powers that be released a Season Six ‘Game Of Thrones’ blooper reel— and it’s everything we hoped for and more. 

TBH, there’s nothing more fun than watching actors break character… And watching Peter Dinklage wage a war on the English language.  

We have Peter Dinklage struggling to say the word “benevolent.”

…Some unintended indecent exposure…

The ‘unintended’ part being very rare for this show.

…More of Peter Dinklage trying to say “benevolent…”

…Prop malfunctions…

…And, again, Peter Dinklage epically failing to say the word “benevolent.”

Personal favorite: some priceless footage of Dinklage finding out that he has to say the word again in another scene. 

Watch all the magic below. 

This is definitely just as good as the show. We thank the ~benevolent~ HBO people for bestowing upon us this gem. 

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