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(Mirror.co.uk)   The next time you think about complaining about how bad you have it, just remember this: Double-amputee skydiving champion. (w/ awesome pics)   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 54
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2010-01-04 03:07:46 AM  
Now I feel guilty for having a slightly sore shoulder....

Good on him.
 
2010-01-04 03:16:28 AM  
content9.flixster.com
 
2010-01-04 03:39:19 AM  
I met a guy with one leg once. He was kind of a jerk. He figured he was entitled. I never asked him how he lost his leg.
 
2010-01-04 03:49:34 AM  
My brother used to jump with a guy who died skydiving. Not permanently, though. His website is deadmike.com (new window). Cool guy ;)
 
2010-01-04 03:51:34 AM  
jevman: No way I come off good in this, but what the hey. He didn't win a marathon, he fell out of a plane, does not having legs somehow make it tougher for gravity to grab him?

I have this really great idea, okay? Let's take off your legs. Permanently. Then we'll sit around and see how you deal with it, okay? Just a thought ;)
 
2010-01-04 05:32:01 AM  
SpinStopper: jevman: No way I come off good in this, but what the hey. He didn't win a marathon, he fell out of a plane, does not having legs somehow make it tougher for gravity to grab him?

I have this really great idea, okay? Let's take off your legs. Permanently. Then we'll sit around and see how you deal with it, okay? Just a thought ;)


We don't even need to go that far: how many jumps have you made,
SpinStopper?

I won't wait for an answer.

/Never jumped myself, never wanted to, have all respect for anyone who does regardless of how many legs they have.
 
2010-01-04 07:53:17 AM  
DjangoStonereaver: /Never jumped myself, never wanted to, have all respect for anyone who does regardless of how many legs they have.

What about jumping spiders?
 
2010-01-04 08:13:22 AM  
SpinStopper: My brother used to jump with a guy who died skydiving. Not permanently, though. His website is deadmike.com (new window). Cool guy ;)

That site is so terrible it has rolled back around to awesome.
 
2010-01-04 08:17:03 AM  
Why does the article speak in paragraph sentences?



Why do they have 4 lines of whitespace for every line of text?



Do they just like scrollbars?



I don't get it...



and damn I hate it.
 
2010-01-04 08:19:34 AM  
My wife wants to know how he pulls the ripcord, rings the doorbell.
 
2010-01-04 08:20:03 AM  
Awesome pics
static.pulse360.com

Gene Masseth?
 
2010-01-04 08:38:19 AM  
This guy has more skydiving championships than I do. Thanks for making me feel bad subby.
 
2010-01-04 08:41:48 AM  
SpinStopper: My brother used to jump with a guy who died skydiving. Not permanently, though. His website is deadmike.com (new window). Cool guy ;)

OMG! I thought geocities was gone? Back to the 90's man.
 
2010-01-04 08:42:47 AM  
this looks shopped
 
2010-01-04 08:44:44 AM  
Balchinian: My wife wants to know how he pulls the ripcord, rings the doorbell.

I was gonna' say something witty, but I have to confess, I'm stumped.
 
2010-01-04 08:53:35 AM  
 
2010-01-04 09:07:39 AM  
jevman: No way I come off good in this, but what the hey. He didn't win a marathon, he fell out of a plane, does not having legs somehow make it tougher for gravity to grab him?

Well, he does have a weight advantage...
 
2010-01-04 09:11:00 AM  
Skydiving kicks ass. You should try it.
 
2010-01-04 09:13:10 AM  
I'm pretty sure a guy with no legs, no stumps even, used to (still does, maybe) jump at Zephyrhills, FL. It was a while ago, but I sort of remember seeing him come skidding in for landings, leaning way far back upon touchdown while wearing a sort of skid-plate. I never jumped with him, though. I bet he falls fast.
 
2010-01-04 09:14:13 AM  
Is the Hero tag on vacation?
 
2010-01-04 09:15:37 AM  
Skydiving's easy. Its just the ground that's hard.
 
2010-01-04 09:42:26 AM  
penguinfark: Is the Hero tag on vacation?

I don't see any Heroism in it. If he skydived to pull a burning baby out of a building, then it would be Heroic. I have the same Nit about athletes being called Heroes. Just because they can chuck a piece of leather around doesn't save anyone's soul.
 
2010-01-04 09:44:29 AM  
He would still be killing people we think look like terrorists if Obama had not canceled Bush's Spider-Cyborg program.

www.quanticlab.com
 
2010-01-04 09:54:03 AM  
FTA:

"... I see news footage..."

Nah, that's not insensitive...
 
2010-01-04 10:05:45 AM  
I really hate when the British papers call IRA "terrorists" in Northern Ireland... The British are IN Ireland!
 
2010-01-04 10:24:36 AM  
Did the author have a seizure over the enter key?
 
2010-01-04 10:38:39 AM  
Look, Ma! No legs!
 
2010-01-04 10:40:30 AM  
ultraholland: this seems somewhat fitting

For farks sake why is the army practicing skydives like that. Its bad enough when a soldier dies training for war. Unbelievably stupid when one soldier is crippled and the other is killed practicing for entertainment.

Unless that is a valid combat diving strategy. You are shot down over enemy territory so you activate your smoke boots and veer out a mile away from your RIO. Then you shoot towards him and nearly collide. The enemy is so confused they decide not to follow the smoke trail to the ground and capture you.
 
2010-01-04 10:48:47 AM  
For some reason I'm imagining the dad from the Oblongs.
 
2010-01-04 10:55:15 AM  
Quantumbunny: Why does the article speak in paragraph sentences?



Why do they have 4 lines of whitespace for every line of text?



Do they just like scrollbars?



I don't get it...



and damn I hate it.


I think they

like to get paid

by the carriage return.

or something.

yes it is very

annoying.
 
2010-01-04 10:56:55 AM  
i141.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-04 11:08:20 AM  
trappedspirit 2010-01-04 10:56:55 AM

"C" looks like Prince Charles
 
2010-01-04 11:17:18 AM  
Pics of Pixie or it didn't happen.

/*fap*
 
2010-01-04 11:21:06 AM  
How do they determine who the skydiving champion is?

Dave: Hey, Charlie, did that last guy hit the ground at terminal velocity?

Charlie: No, Dave, it appears that he did not.

Dave: The winnah!
 
2010-01-04 11:26:57 AM  
When I was a kid a guy had a chute malfunction while doing a demo jump or something with witnesses. He plunged into a swamp about 8 feet and they dragged him out before he drowned. Broke both legs but survived. The guy's name was in the newspaper - Steve Austin.

/cool story.
 
2010-01-04 11:33:10 AM  
I'm sorry, but 'skydiving champion?' You jump out of a plane with a parachute. There's only two types of skydivers: experts and stuff on rocks.
 
2010-01-04 11:33:37 AM  
Ever hear of Dana Bowman? US Army Golden Knight demonstration parachutist. Had a mid-air collision with another Golden Knight. Lost both legs, but the other guy was killed. Look him up on YouTube someday.

He had special artificial legs built, and jumped again, even convinced the Army to let him back into the Knights. He eventually retired. He also learned how to fly a helicopter with another set of specially designed legs, and SCUBA dives as well. He is a motivational speaker, and is planning an attempt at the world free-fall record held by Col. Joseph Kittenger. (Kittenger jumped in 1960 from 102,700ft and freefell to 18,000.)

Kevin
 
2010-01-04 11:34:58 AM  
Good for the guy but this is not unique. Dana Bowman was a double amputee and jumped with the US Golden Knights. Heck, he lost his legs in a jump accident with the Knights. Nice story though. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself. I saw alot of that when I was in physical therapy.
 
2010-01-04 11:45:32 AM  
Yeh, but Dana is a girlie name
 
2010-01-04 11:50:09 AM  
Cormee: Yeh, but Dana is a girlie name

Funny, three Dana's I know of -

Dana Bowman
Bill Dana (X-15 Test Pilot)
Dana Carvey (SNL Commedian)

I can't think of one female at the moment...
Kevin
 
2010-01-04 11:52:27 AM  
kmceject: Cormee: Yeh, but Dana is a girlie name

Funny, three Dana's I know of -

Dana Bowman
Bill Dana (X-15 Test Pilot)
Dana Carvey (SNL Commedian)

I can't think of one female at the moment...
Kevin


I have a female cousin named Dana, if that helps.
 
2010-01-04 11:56:48 AM  
kmceject: Cormee: Yeh, but Dana is a girlie name

Funny, three Dana's I know of -

Dana Bowman
Bill Dana (X-15 Test Pilot)
Dana Carvey (SNL Commedian)

I can't think of one female at the moment...
Kevin


Kevin
upload.wikimedia.org
Cormac
 
2010-01-04 12:06:10 PM  
kmceject: Cormee: Yeh, but Dana is a girlie name

Funny, three Dana's I know of -

Dana Bowman
Bill Dana (X-15 Test Pilot)
Dana Carvey (SNL Commedian)

I can't think of one female at the moment...
Kevin


Cute little thing named Dana lives next door. Wish I was younger. And richer. And better looking.
 
2010-01-04 12:06:47 PM  
Point taken, although her real name is Gillian....
 
2010-01-04 12:09:20 PM  
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2010-01-04 12:10:55 PM  
z.about.com
 
2010-01-04 12:14:50 PM  
kmceject: Point taken, although her real name is Gillian....

Yeh, but your #2's real/first name is Bill
 
2010-01-04 01:02:48 PM  
This looks shopped and I should know...etc
 
2010-01-04 01:31:16 PM  
This guy's effin' hardcore! Good on him! Took my first jump this summer and hope to make my second in the spring (if the finances allow).
 
2010-01-04 03:41:42 PM  
Kaka: This looks shopped and I should know...etc

No, that's really Dana Delany wearing an awesome sweater.

/hard to believe she's in her 50's tho.

//huh,huh....hard
 
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