Baumgartner nails publicity dive
So the winds finally travelled over to my neck of the woods in southern Indiana, allowing Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull's Stratos space jump to go off without any hitch to mention.
Stepping from a balloon-supported capsule at 128,120 feet above the Earth's surface, Baumgartner broke the record for highest altitude skydive in history and became the first human to break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft. In addition, Baumgartner and Red Bull set an Internet record, as over 8 million people had logged into the livestream on YouTube, destroying the previous record of around 500,000 during the London Summer Olympic Games.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy people pushing the absolute limits and shit like that, I like a good publicity stunt, and I think both Baumgartner and Red Bull are going to do just fine. I just admire the irony involved in the whole process. A product that "gives you wings" is sponsoring someone plummeting straight to the ground. What's next, an insurance company sponsoring a demolition derby? Actually, that'd be pretty fucking cool. Someone find me a beater, and we can do this shit...
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