Climbing the 14 Highest Mountains in the World in 6 Months

Climbing the 14 Highest Mountains in the World in 6 Months

That’s not normal. It’s Nirmal. Nirmal Purja that is. He’s a Nepali climber, and he’s just smashed the record for climbing every mountain in the world over 8,000 meters high. The best part? he wasn’t interested in mountain climbing until seven years ago. Then he got really interested.

Purja grew up in Nepal’s low-lying Chitwan region. At 18, he joined the Nepalese Ghurkas, a regiment in the British Army, and served for 16 years, including 10 years in the Special Forces. He didn’t set eyes on the giants of the Himalaya until 2012, and almost immediately fell in love with climbing the big peaks. In March of this year, Purja quit the military, abandoned his pension, remortgaged his house, and started off on what he called Project Possible, a mission to climb all 14 of the world’s biggest peaks in seven months. With Project Possible, he hoped to inspire people to tap into their potential. (read more at Outside Online)

It took the last record holder, South Korean Kim Chang-Ho, eight years to climb them all. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t fall down those mountains as fast as Nirmal climbed up them. The BSBFB salutes you!

The Rube Goldberg Machine Law

The Rube Goldberg Machine Law

Stop what you’re doing. Pay attention. Someone is assembling all the odds and ends in their house, basement, garage, shed, and storage locker, and making it all bump in to each other in interesting ways.

You can’t not watch a Rube Goldberg machine. It’s the law. Well, it’s a rule. Well, more of a guideline, really. Anyway, it’s fun to watch.

[Thanks to regular reader and contributor H.J. Briscoe for sending that one along]

Great Moments in Male Bonding: The Shop Vac Song

Great Moments in Male Bonding: The Shop Vac Song

Like most good spoofy songs, it’s hard to tell where the snideness ends and the affection begins. The Shop Vac Song was a minor hit for Jonathan Coulter about 10 years ago, and videos like this typography masterpiece put the Shop Vac song firmly in the firmament of internet things that matter for 15 minutes.

The life described in the video is supposed to be pointless, monotonous, and soulless. However, it’s exactly the kind of monotonous, pointless, soulless life that 99 percent of the human race, from the primordial ooze to Twitter, wanted for themselves and their children. And by the way, I own two shop vacs. Deal with it.

I’ll Have A Large Cheese Pizza With Extra Bass, Please

I’ll Have A Large Cheese Pizza With Extra Bass, Please

I know I said large cheese pizza in the title, but if you order a pizza without any toppings there’s something deeply wrong with you. You’re a complete killjoy, party-pooper, stick-in-the-mud, or perhaps you’re an android who’s can’t feel human emotion. Pizza without toppings is just a really poor attempt at making a sad lasagna. You need to throw in a few pepperonis at the very least. A pizza can be a cornucopia of delicious meats, veggies, and other treats stacked on top of a cheesy base, but it rarely comes out that way. Most people disregard the toppings and that’s a crime against food and nature. The only way it could get any worse is if the pizza was gluten free.

You can get really creative with your pizza toppings. Have you ever had a Hawaiian pizza? It’s like being punched in the mouth by an angel. Unusual and exotic combinations make for fantastic results. I know people who put ranch dressing on their pizza, but they’ve completely lost their minds. The real trick is to put other food on pizza instead of just slathering it with more liquified goop. Add on a few layers of bacon, or maybe a few steaks. Dump a salad on top and see where that gets you. Hell, at some point in my life I will probably make a pizza that has a corner-store rotisserie chicken as a topping. Not slices of chicken — the whole thing. There’s a good chance that I’ll be incredibly, incredibly drunk, but that’s where all the best inspiration comes from.

In the end, that’s what pizza is all about: inspiration. If you can think of it, you can probably put it on a pizza. Don’t settle for second-rate pizzas with lame toppings. Demand absurd, monstrous pizzas, because this is America. If we stop putting weird crap on our pizzas, the terrorists win.