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Daring, calm, no fear! Unicycling on the edge of a cliff, highlining 800 meters above Rio De Janeiro


a well-known daredevil unicycling on the edge of a cliff in Norway


rock climber scaling cliff at Waterval Boven, South Africa


this young man in Russia belongs to a group of people who hang from buildings with no safety equipment, for fun


Brian Mosby highlining 800 meters above Rio De Janeiro

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Solo racing! 4Nov-17Dec2017 French sailor around Earth covered 27859mi, 6 days faster than record

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French sailor smashes world record for solo journey around the world after cutting six days off the current mark
Francois Gabart, 34, managed to circumnavigate the planet in 42 days and 16 hours, with a start and finish on the west coast of France. He was six days faster than the previous record holder, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year. He departed on November 4 and covered the 27,860-mile journey in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

From November 4 to December 17, Gabart and his 30m MACIF trimaran covered 27,859.7 miles at an average speed of 27.2 knots. His top speed was 39.2 knots, and his top speed over a 24 hour period was 31.8 knots.

Gabart also broke several others records for solo racing, including the fastest navigation of the Pacific and the longest distance covered in 24 hours - 1,575km (851 miles). His 30m (98ft) boat was custom-designed for the purpose.

François Gabart is a French professional offshore yacht racer who won the 2012-13 Vendée Globe in 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes, setting a new race record.

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70 years of marriage, Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, fairy-tale royal wedding in 1947 a morale boost


November 20, 1947 - Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) and Philip The Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace (AFP Photo/STR)


Photograph released by Buckingham Palace, taken this month - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, to mark their 70th Wedding Anniversary. (AFP Photo/Matt Holyoak)


July 11, 1947 - Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) and Philip of Greece (future Duke of Edinburgh) posing on the day of their engagement in July 1947. (AFP Photo/STR)

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Prior to the wedding he told the Queen Mother he had "fallen in love completely and unreservedly" with her daughter.

Since described by Elizabeth as her "rock," Philip once remarked: "My job first, second and last, is never to let the Queen down."

20 Nov, 2017
Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary
London (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage on Monday, becoming Britain's first reigning couple to mark a platinum wedding anniversary. The decades-spanning marriage of the Queen -- the nation's longest serving sovereign -- has outlasted those of all prior British monarchs.

The royal couple will not hold any public events but have invited family and friends to Windsor Castle for a private dinner on Monday evening, according to media reports.  read more »

Humorous exchange between Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
- George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

"Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."
- Churchill's response

"The wind once blew itself untaught...Man came to tell it what was wrong: It hadn't found the place to blow..." - Robert Frost

Before man to blow to right
The wind once blew itself untaught,
And did its loudest day and night
In any rough place where it caught.

Man came to tell it what was wrong:
It hadn't found the place to blow;
It blew too hard - the aim was song.
And listen - how it ought to go!

He took a little in his mouth,
And held it long enough for north
To be converted into south,
And then by measure blew it forth.

By measure. It was word and note,
The wind the wind had meant to be -
A little through the lips and throat.
The aim was song - the wind could see.

— Robert Frost

Grief. White crosses with hearts bear name & photo of each victim installed on LV Strip to honor those tragically died on 1oct17

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A Chicago-area man who goes around the country in his pickup leaving handmade wooden crosses at murder scenes was inspired by a personal tragedy 20 years ago.

The retired carpenter said the cross helped him cope with his father-in-law's death and that he wanted to provide that closure for the Las Vegas community after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival Sunday.

He drove to Las Vegas Tuesday evening and on Thursday installed 58 crosses, each displaying the name and photo of a victim, at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. By Friday, visitors had contributed flowers, collages and handwritten messages to the growing impromptu memorial. He also left about 100 markers for people to write messages on the crosses.

On Friday, people lined up to view the crosses and sign a "Vegas Strong" sign. Backed-up traffic forced visitors to park a couple of blocks away.

Heather Melton of western Tennessee visited the memorial with her three children and mother-in-law in honor of her husband, James "Sonny" Melton, 29, who was fatally shot in the back while shielding her from bullets.

"I think the (memorial) is really nice. It's comforting, but also it's just really heartbreaking," she said as she wiped away a tear.

Tina Lund and her son David of Summerlin visited as representatives for the family of Brian Fraser. His family lives in Pomona, California, and asked David Lund to leave photos at the cross.  read more »

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