It could be worse, I could be sitting the wrong side of a firewall with a stupid filtering of live streams.
Oh FFS, it seems that I am.
Skydiving Felix Baumgartner, his mind filled with dreams of reaching supersonic speeds in the highest-ever free fall attempted by a human being... is still sitting in the desert twiddling his thumbs. Adverse winds over New Mexico, where he will attempt to land after his death-defying plummet from the edge of space, have once …
The team sponsored by RedBull are spending all day fannying about waiting for zero wind so that they can get the balloon inflated.
I seem to remember that when PARIS was launched, the team sponsored by whatever guest ale was available assembled in a layby and a bunch of slightly hung over blokes (one of whom was smoking a cigarette) were struggling to inflate their balloon in quite windy conditions.
Once launched they waited until the balloon popped and then all jumped in their cars and drove around Spain for a bit until they eventually found PARIS in amongst some trees.
Titanium is the wrong analogy to use for this man's testicles. Titanium is tough, but springy. This man's stones are hard and dense - like tungsten.
And before anybody says it: tungsten is both harder and more dense (by just a scoshe) than uranium - but it isn't pyrophoric like uranium, hence why penetrating ammunition uses DU rather than W.
The Starstreak missile system uses that to effect. One missile splits into three "darts" (effectively unpowered mini-missiles, each with its own guidance) once the boost phase completes. The casing of each dart is tungsten, which fragments when the small explosive charge inside detonates, tearing the living shit out of the aircraft it hit with the resulting very hard and sharp pieces of shrapnel.
I hope his testes are metaphorically tungsten. No-one would blame him if wanted to use them immediately afterward. Having them click together like castanets would put anybody off their game.
It's his skull I'm more worried about. When he drops, he's going head first, with only a helmet separating it from the shock wave. Best of luck to the man.
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