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Amiel
2010-02-17, 07:13 AM
Folks, in your opinion, what are Crowning Feats of Human Awesome?

Unbelievable skills, matchless talents, incomparable feats; these and more define the search for excellence par excellence.

World's Fastest Everything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4oCrCwEIEA)

Terry Fator - Unforgettable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9nfBSdtEsg)
Terry Fator - What a Wonderful World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG6MyTDoZXs)
Terry Fator - Amore and I Left My Heart In San Francisco (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc3feLwEZMI)
Terry Fator - Crying (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVRDvR7pjN4)
Now, let me tell you something about Terry Fator; he's a singer and a ventriloquist who also does impersonations. Now, when he sings, not only does he do it ventriloquially - out of voice projection, which is in itself exceedingly difficult - he sings better than even some of the original singers.

World's Best Tricks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqesr01lR1I); compilation of world's best freestyle tricksters

Pen Spinning Compilation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqFkYcjbF48); holy crap, that thumb spin!

Champion Card Stacker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvLkjuYunRw&feature=channel)
Recreation of the Beijing Olympics Village Using Cards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf8w3nKzYaI&feature=related)

Amazing Robot Dancer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey3iNQ1zADg)
David Elsewhere; Insane Robot Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJ3BTKMILw)

Anuan
2010-02-17, 07:37 AM
My mother.
She brought me into the world. That's awesome.

Me. I'm awesome.

Anthony (http://www.delongis.com/) De Longis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_De_Longis)
Master of many forms of sword (notably, Spanish rapier-fencing), master knife-thrower, master axe-thrower, master of the whip. Master of fight-choreography.

Jackie Chan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_chan)
Come. On.

Wong Shun Leung. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Shun-leung) and Yip Man (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yip_Man)
For most people it would be enough that they taught Bruce Lee. For me, their knowledge of their fields, their intelligence, their skill and their philosophies are incredibly inspiring and impressive.
Plus, they taught Bruce Lee!

Asta Kask
2010-02-17, 07:49 AM
My vote:

http://www.1stclasswallpapers.com/backgrounds/space/image/apollo_11_mission.jpg

Large picture

Mando Knight
2010-02-17, 01:10 PM
My vote:

http://www.1stclasswallpapers.com/backgrounds/space/image/apollo_11_mission.jpg

Large picture

One... small step for man...

One GIANT ROCKET to get him there. :smallcool::smalltongue:

Asta Kask
2010-02-17, 01:13 PM
One... small step for man...

One GIANT ROCKET to get him there. :smallcool::smalltongue:

"Frustration is the leitmotif in the lives of most men, particularly today—the frustration of inarticulate desires, with no knowledge of the means to achieve them. In the sight and hearing of a crumbling world, Apollo 11 enacted the story of an audacious purpose, its execution, its triumph, and the means that achieved it—the story and the demonstration of man’s highest potential."
- Ayn Rand

PhoeKun
2010-02-17, 01:20 PM
Jason Lezak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVZrne7X5ww)

I get goosebumps watching that race even now...

Worira
2010-02-17, 06:58 PM
Terry Fox. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox)

He ran across Canada.

With one leg.

And terminal cancer.

Prime32
2010-02-17, 07:21 PM
That Finnish sniper guy whose name I can't spell (something like Simo Haye), also known as "The White Death". Killed something like 700 men in a few weeks and survived being shot in the face with an exploding bullet.

Someone link the cracked.com article with him and the WWII guy who fought with a claymore.
EDIT: Never mind, found it (http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-*****.html).

KnightDisciple
2010-02-17, 08:01 PM
That Finnish sniper guy whose name I can't spell (something like Simo Haye), also known as "The White Death". Killed something like 700 men in a few weeks and survived being shot in the face with an exploding bullet.

Someone link the cracked.com article with him and the WWII guy who fought with a claymore.
EDIT: Never mind, found it (http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-*****.html).

Simo Hayha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_H%C3%A4yh%C3%A4).

Icewalker
2010-02-17, 08:14 PM
...Row row, fight the power!

Yeah, Jack Churchill and Simo Häyhä, definitely both awesome. I'm not sure I've got a great example on this front just yet, although David Belle, as founder of parkour as a modern discipline, I think stands up pretty well here. Also he acts. :smallbiggrin:

Science Officer
2010-02-17, 09:14 PM
Terry Fox. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox)

He ran across Canada.

With one leg.

And terminal cancer.


And not a little bit at a time either.

He ran the equivalent of a marathon every day for about 140 days.

Solaris
2010-02-17, 09:25 PM
I'd throw in Audie Murphy as a string of Crowning Feats of Human Awesome. Seventy years later, the world's militaries have yet to top him.

Gaelbert
2010-02-17, 09:46 PM
I'd throw in Audie Murphy as a string of Crowning Feats of Human Awesome. Seventy years later, the world's militaries have yet to top him.

A movie company wanted to make a movie of his life, but had to edit out parts of his war experience because people would think that was too unbelievable.

Mando Knight
2010-02-17, 11:23 PM
"Frustration is the leitmotif in the lives of most men, particularly today—the frustration of inarticulate desires, with no knowledge of the means to achieve them. In the sight and hearing of a crumbling world, Apollo 11 enacted the story of an audacious purpose, its execution, its triumph, and the means that achieved it—the story and the demonstration of man’s highest potential."
- Ayn Rand

In other words, the Saturn V was NASA's--the US's--drill. And that drill pierced the heavens.

Rutskarn
2010-02-17, 11:46 PM
This morning, after intense effort and weeks of coaching, I did not crap myself.

Try not to stare. I don't want fame to rule my life.

Flickerdart
2010-02-18, 12:06 AM
In other words, the Saturn V was NASA's--the US's--drill. And that drill pierced the heavens.
Sputnik did it first. :smalltongue:

RationalGoblin
2010-02-18, 12:06 AM
This morning, after intense effort and weeks of coaching, I did not crap myself.

Try not to stare. I don't want fame to rule my life.

*slow clap*

To add some actual content, I'd like to add Grigori Rasputin. They poisioned him, they beat him, they shot and stabbed him, they shot him again, then they threw him in a river. But his lungs? Full of water. Which means he wasn't dead when he went in the river. He was evidently alive enough to try and struggle out of the bundle they bound him with.

Man was hard to kill, if nothing else.

Phase
2010-02-18, 12:26 AM
Ra ra Rasputin, Lover of the Russian Queen
They put some poison into his wine.
Ra ra Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine
He drank it all and said "I feel fine."

Ra ra Rasputin, Lover of the Russian Queen
They didn't stop, they wanted his head.
Ra ra Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine
And so they shot him till he was dead.

Oh, those Russians...

The Orange Zergling
2010-02-18, 12:27 AM
My vote:

http://www.1stclasswallpapers.com/backgrounds/space/image/apollo_11_mission.jpg

Large picture

A million times yes. :smallcool:

Leonardo Da Vinci was basically a crowning moment of awesome for humanity as well and would be so only for his inventions - not to mention his innumerable works of art and miscellaneous contributions to science, anatomy and other subjects.

13_CBS
2010-02-18, 12:36 AM
This morning, after intense effort and weeks of coaching, I did not crap myself.

Try not to stare. I don't want fame to rule my life.

http://www.gifbin.com/bin/1233928590_citizen%20kane%20clapping.gif.


My nomination is this little number (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XTGBOKqccw). The billiards/pool balls ran straight down round sticks. Perfectly smooth balls ran straight down perfectly smooth, round sticks.

Rutskarn
2010-02-18, 01:03 AM
...right. (http://www.gifbin.com/bin/1233928590_citizen%20kane%20clapping.gif)


My nomination is this little number (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XTGBOKqccw). The billiards/pool balls ran straight down round sticks. Perfectly smooth balls ran straight down perfectly smooth, round sticks.

Your link's broken.

http://www.gifbin.com/bin/1233928590_citizen%20kane%20clapping.gif

EDIT: No more.

skywalker
2010-02-18, 01:11 AM
That Finnish sniper guy whose name I can't spell (something like Simo Haye), also known as "The White Death". Killed something like 700 men in a few weeks and survived being shot in the face with an exploding bullet.

Someone link the cracked.com article with him and the WWII guy who fought with a claymore.
EDIT: Never mind, found it (http://www.cracked.com/article_17019_5-real-life-soldiers-who-make-rambo-look-like-*****.html).

Coolest thing about Simo was that he used to fill his mouth with snow so that his breath wouldn't make fog in the air and give away his position. That is hardcore. So is Jack Churchill.

Was glad to see my man Alvin York (Tennessee hillbillies represent!)

Audie was pretty crazy too.


Jason Lezak (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVZrne7X5ww)

I get goosebumps watching that race even now...

Phoe, we've finally found something sporting we agree about. Whenever I'm feeling down about anything, I turn on that video. And a few minutes later, I feel much, much better.

Rutskarn
2010-02-18, 01:14 AM
Perfectly smooth balls ran straight down perfectly smooth, round sticks.

Don't mean to post twice in the past fifteen minutes, but I would be incredibly remiss if I let this slide without comment. I do have a reputation to uphold.

Also: on a serious note (for once), it's difficult to view Mr. Bolt without feeling intense, genuine pride in our species' ability to move real fast.