Yesterday I saw Nordwand (North Face).

Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif – the Eiger – two reluctant German climbers [Andreas Hinterstoisser and Toni Kurz] begin their daring ascent.

It was a gripping story and I found myself frequently wiping my sweaty palms on my pants as I watched these men cling to shear rock faces. The first ascent of Eiger via the North Face took three days. I just learned that in 2008 Ueli Steck made the climb in 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Surf Monk

“If you applied the same amount of devotion to a religious pursuit do you think anyone would call you a religious bum? Probably not. When you consider that surfing really is, more than anything else, a faith and devotion to that faith becomes paramount in your life there’s no such thing as a surf bum.” – Sam George in Riding Giants

Can you swallow swords under water?

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Sword Swallower vs. Sharks UNDERWATER – EXTREME!

Watch extreme Sword Swallower Dan Meyer swallow a 30 inch solid steel sword submerged 20 feet UNDERWATER in a tank of 80 sharks and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach SC on Friday, May 18, 2007. All under water and all real. Believe It or Not! (Footage used by permission of Dan Meyer and Ripley Entertainment Inc.)

El Circense

El Circense 3“La revista digital de circo que anda recoriendo este vasto mundo del arte, ese que nos hace respirar y palpitar con sus peripecias.” From ElCircense.com in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In other words, “The digital circus magazine that recalls this vast world of art, that makes us breathe and throb with it’s adventures.”

The Regurgitator

hadjiHadji Ali was a Vaudeville performer who specialized in swallowing and regurgitating water, kerosene, nuts and other objects. Watch his act as it appeared in the Laurel and Hardy movie, Politiquerías.