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…Rhys Millen is a motorsports legend?

Rhys Millen Backflip

Rhys Millen is my new hero.

After conquering Pike’s Peak and Formula D, he has decided to become the first person to purposely backflip an off-road racing truck.

As part of ESPN’s New Year’s Eve No Limits broadcast, Rhys will jump his truck off of a special ramp that he and his team designed and built, with the goal of landing wheels side down on the other side.

Can he do it?

Tune in to The Red Bull Experiment to find out.

[The Red Bull Experiment]

[Via: Autoblog]

…Elijah Florence is a king?

Elijah FlorenceSometimes, the selflessness of others can warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye.

While students across the nation are vying for their own bit of homecoming royalty, five seniors from Lake Fenton High School decided to use their spot on the homecoming court to give the award to Eli Florence, a sophomore, former offensive lineman, and leukemia victim.


Because, “We knew we’d all be winners if we did it.”

It’s an incredibly touching story, and the ESPN article tells it better than I could ever hope to, so read through for a dose of inspiration.

(Though always the fighter, on October 14, 2007, Elijah passed on; a king in his own little way.)

[ESPN – Elijah Florence]

[Help For Elijah]

…FILE Magazine expects the unexpected?

Painter’s Thumb By Nawfal Nur

FILE Magazine is a collection of photographs that treat subjects in unexpected ways, creating new genres with alternate takes, odd angles, unconventional observations, and more, FILE isn’t Kodak, Vogue or ESPN, and it definitely isn’t a photoblog, photo challenge/contest, or group photo album. FILE is, however, a great place to go for inspiration, improvisation, and imagination. If you want to see the world through a different lens, check out what FILE has to offer, but be prepared for a perspective shift.

[FILE Magazine]

[Photo: Painter’s Thumb By Nawfal Nur]

[Via: swissmiss]

…Kobayashi can eat more lobster rolls than you and your three friends?


Takeru Kobayashi is like a god in the competitive eating world. He’s brought a sport that used to be in the shadows of Coney Island and eateries all across the world into the spotlight, even gaining coverage from ESPN of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. His current world record is 53 1/8 dogs during the 12-minute competition. When he first broke the previous world record of 25 1/8 dogs in 2001, he passed it by so much that they didn’t have any number signs to count how many he had eaten, so they wrote them by hand as he went on to consume 50 dogs. He’s invented moves such as “The Kobayashi Shake”, his trademark body wiggle, and the Soloman method, where he splits the hot dogs in half, dips the bun/hotdog in water, and then stuffs both halves in his mouth. On average, Kobayashi consumes 6,000 calories per day, or 42,000 per week, three times the recommended daily consumption. Despite this amazing feat of consumption, he claims to have less than 6% body fat. Recently, at the World Lobster Roll Eating Challenge in Boston, he defeated a team of four young men to take the title. The four took down 25 rolls, while Kobayashi, having just tasted his first roll the night before, managed to consume 41. As with most of his eating endeavors, that is now the new world record for that event. Part of his skill is due to gastroptosis, a condition where his stomach is set lower in his abdomen, allowing it to expand past his rib cage. Despite this physical advantage, he trains extremely hard to maintain his edge. Kobayashi, long considered the greatest competitive eater in the history of the sport, is sure to be setting more records in the future, so be on the lookout for this Michael Jordan of dogs at a buffet line near you.

[Takeru Kobayashi]

[Wikipedia – Takeru Kobayashi]

[Via: Slashfood]