This is nearly ten years old, but I came across it again recently and thought I'd post it.
For many (particularly MMPORG players) it is part of internet history.
I'll let Wikipedia explain this better, since I'm not an MMPORG person myself.
"The video... features a group of World of Warcraft players discussing a detailed
battle strategy for the next encounter while one of their party members,
Leeroy, is away from his computer. Their risky plan is needed
specifically to help Leeroy, yet is ruined when Leeroy returns and,
ignorant of the strategy, immediately charges headlong into battle
shouting his own name in a stylized battle cry. His companions rush to
help, but Leeroy's actions ruin the meticulous plan, and all of the
group members are killed."
Here's the original video:
It fascinates me that there is someone on hand who can do a quick number crunch (aka probability of success) for the plan (and calculate it to 32,33%).
Four days ago, a fire erupted on the roof of an apartment complex that was being built in Houston, Texas. Everyone evacuated safely, except for one construction worker who was stranded on the top floor.
Here is the amazing footage of his rescue by the fire fighters.
This footage contains:
disaster (raging roof fire), suspense (will he survive?), action (falling to the lower level), humour ("I was going to get an apartment over there too...", "they're cheaper now"), obliviousness ("hey, hey, what about this guy?", "they got him!", "oh, OK...")
Here's the fire from further away.
And a couple of photos.
And for anyone not getting the title.... click here.
This reminded me of my childhood.
Although, I was more of a Matchbox fan than a Hot Wheels one.
Today I learnt (from Wikipedia of course) that the two used to be competitors until 1997 when Mattel (the owner of Hot Wheels) bought Tyco Toys (owner of Matchbox). I hate monopolies and soulless multinationals. No competition, no progress (or at most slow progress).
In any case... moving along...
Here are Team Hot Wheels drivers, Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy, racing two vehicles through a six-story double vertical loop in 2012 at Los Angeles.
Mighty impressive! (despite the dreadfully anticlimactic sound and
And here's Team Green driver (part of Team Hot Wheels I presume), Brent Fletcher, attempting a World Record Corkscrew jump in a revved up performance buggy.
Finally, here's Team Hot Wheels (Yellow) driver Tanner Foust breaking the world record for
a distance jump in a four-wheeled vehicle at the Indianapolis 500 on May
29th 2011. He drops almost 10 stories
down (although I'm not convinced that that was actually necessary) and "flies" 101m through the air.