Archives for August, 2009

13-Year-Old Girl Wants to Sail Solo Around the World; Dutch Authorities: No

Laura Dekker, a 13-year-old girl from The Netherlands, was told today that she could not pursue her dream to become the youngest solo sailor ever—a record that 17-year-old Mike Perham just set yesterday. A Dutch court ordered child protection authorities to be the temporary guardian of Dekker for two months while an independent child psychologist…

The 800 MPH Race For a New Land Speed Record

On Tuesday the British Steam Car team set a new land speed record for a steam-powered car when Charles Burnett III streaked across the desert at an average speed of 139.843 mph—pretty impressive for a vehicle that burns no fossil fuels. Here's a look at those vying to set a new land speed record.  Ed Shadle wants…

Still Wild, But Not So Alone

We’ve just learned that Ed Wardle, who we’ve been closely following on the National Geographic Channel’s Alone in the Wild survival show, was recently airlifted out of Canada’s Yukon wilderness. The Scottish filmmaker, who survived 50 days of solitude and rugged living, realized that he was slowly starving to death. “My heart rate had dropped…

This Weekend: Barefoot Wine’s Free Beach Rescue Concert For Surfrider

On Saturday, August 29, head out to Asbury Park, New Jersey, for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Concert, a free concert benefiting the Surfrider Foundation and celebrating its 25th anniversary. Who's up? An impressive list of artists, including Joss Stone, Gavin DeGraw, Cold War Kids, and our personal favorite, Mason Jennings. Visit BeachRescueConcert.com for info.…

Perham, 17, Youngest to Solo Sail Around the World

It’s official. British teen Mike Perham is now the youngest person to sail solo around the world, swiping the crown from American Zac Sunderland, who completed his journey only a month ago. Perham clocked in at 17 years, 5 months, and 2 weeks old, besting Sunderland’s 17 years, 6 months, and 15 days old. However,…

No Direction Home? Bob Dylan Will Give You Some…

Bob Dylan is reportedly in negotiations to lend his gravely, iconic voice to in-car GPS units. Years ago, before he sold out to Pepsi, Victoria's Secret, and Cadillac, this would have been cause for some sort of anti-capitalist outrage. But the times they done changed. For his part, Dylan seems as unsure as anyone about…

ALIVE! Survivor Nando Parrado on the Spirit of a True Survivor

Nando Parrado’s story is familiar. You’ve heard it, seen the films (Alive!, and Stranded!), read the books (also Alive!, and Parrado’s own account, Miracle in the Andes), but it bears repeating. It is simply that astonishing. On October 12, 1972, a Fairchild 571 twin-engine turboprop flown by the Uruguayan Air Force and bound for Santiago,…

Wildfire Approaches Los Angeles, National Forest

Los Angeles woke up to the smell of fire this morning, and the city has become increasingly clouded with smoke throughout the day as the Angeles National Forest, only about an hour's drive from downtown, continues to burn, as reported by the LA Times. Investigators say they think a person started the blaze yesterday, though…

Video: Hipster Guru Goes Survivalist

Teva, makers of active-sandals and sandal-like shoes, and clothing to go with your sandal-like-shoes for things like…I don't know…canyoneering, has found an unlikely spokesperson in Gavin McInnes. McInnes is best known for being the founder of Vice magazine, a publication centered around (in no particular order): skinny jeans, plaid, urban decay, punk rock, drug use,…

Cash For Clunkers For Bikes?

While the government's program to get less fuel efficient cars off the road ultimately fell victim to its own success, drivers in Portland, Oregon who didn't get in on the deal now have the option of really reducing their emissions: by trading in four wheels for two (see Entrepreneur Rides Bikes for Clunkers). Joe Bike in…