Some might look at Wile E. Coyote and think that he dreamed too big, that his schemes for how to catch the Roadrunner were absurd and needlessly over-the-top, but maybe his real problem was that he didn’t dream big enough. I mean, how often did he come up juuuuust short of his goal? Because it would appear all those times he used a human/coyote-sized slingshot he was on to something; he just didn’t make it large enough. Kind of like these wild guys did.
This video comes from Negative4 Productions, and it features BASE jumpers Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert being flung, by a gigantic slingshot/catapult, over 300 feet into the air of Dubai. The two went from a complete stop to traveling at an astounding 200 kilometers-per-hour (that’s about 124 miles-per-hour my fellow non-Metric using Statesiders), experiencing 6Gs of force in the process. To give you some idea of what that means, a “top-fuel dragster, which can accelerate from 0-100mph in less than a second” reaches about 5.3Gs.
It’s hard to fully appreciate just what was accomplished here until you see the last camera shot, which really highlights how fast they were going and just how high they went. They basically traveled from the bottom of the Statue of Liberty (including its base and foundation) to the top in the blink of an eye.
I wonder if using this method to transport tourists to the top of Lady Liberty this way would make people more or less likely to go? At the very least, it would definitely help keep up with a roadrunner.
Would you be willing to ride this human slingshot? Tell us why in the comments below.
Images: YouTube/Negative4 Productions