A man who believes the Earth is flat launched himself almost 2,000 feet into the air in a homemade rocket over the weekend. “Mad” Mike Hughes, 61, ascended 1,875 feet in his crowdfunded rocket on Saturday before crashing back to Earth in the Mojave Desert outside Amboy, California (only in California).
“I’m tired of people saying I chickened out and didn’t build a rocket — I’m tired of that stuff, I manned up and did it.”
Apart from a sore back and dinged-up rocket, Hughes said he was fine. Physically…
Hughes has generated controversy over his scientifically unsupported belief that the Earth is flat and shaped “like a Frisbee,” as he describes it. In a video posted on his Facebook page, he said his goal for the launch was to see the Earth’s shape.
“Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is,” Hughes said. “Do I know for sure? No. That’s why I want to go up in space.”
Hughes’ rocket hit estimated speeds of 350 mph before he pulled his parachute. He had to deploy a second parachute to keep from hitting the ground too hard. Hughes says he still isn’t satisfied by what he saw from a height of nearly 2,000 feet. Next, he wants to build a rocket carried into the upper atmosphere by a balloon and then launched — something he calls a “rockoon.” Hughes said such a craft would take him 68 miles above the Earth’s surface.
Besides investigating whether the Earth is flat by launching himself into space, Hughes wants to run for governor of California. Perfect! He’ll fit right in… “Mad” Mike Hughes… Here’s your sign.
SOURCE – BusinessInsider.com
Ok, we know that people have to do the best they can with what they have but sometimes you run across someone that should rethink their approach. Case in point, this gentleman from Baoding, Hebei Province, China. Clearly he has put some thought into his transportation needs but he’s lacking horsepower. Uhmm, make that dog power… Check it out:
Faster, Damn it! or you’re gonna be dinner!
Friends, numerous high-profile military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hollywood talent like Danny Trejo and William Shatner will be starring in an upcoming movie called “Range 15.” The movie, whose trailer recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, appears to be riddled with profanity and gallows humor, and makes it clear that veterans will be in on all the jokes. Think “Sharknado,” but with more wisecracks about the military. Perfect!
Actors shown in the trailer include Marcus Luttrell and Mat Best, recent Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Clint Romesha and Tim Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who also competes in mixed martial arts professionally in the UFC. Brian Stann, a Marine who earned a Silver Star for valor in Iraq and fought in the UFC, also makes an appearance. The movie is funded using donations from the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. To date, “Range 15″ has raised more than $1 million while promising that “this movie is so hardcore military it makes Hollywood wet itself and run home crying to mommy.”
SOURCE – WashingtonPost.com
UPDATE – 06/09/16 – ‘Range 15’ to Premier June 15th, 2016…
Friends this one is direct from the Obscure Sports file which occasionally vomits up something so stupid we feel compelled to share. Apparently the ‘Slap Olympics’ exist is school gymnasiums and community centers across the country. Not sure of the rules but it looks like two people square-off across a table from each other and have at it. The scoring and winner determination is a mystery… except for being KO’d. If anyone has participated in one of these contests, please comment. Enjoy!
Friends, there are some things you just don’t do. This surveillance cam video shows the moment when the smirking grins are wiped off of partying kids’ faces after police on a helicopter track down those who shined a laser into their cockpit. Note the idiot holding up their drink…
SOURCE – IJReview.com