This is legitimately funny.
LONDON – The manager of a hair salon in a London suburb was visited by unhappy North Korean officials after using a picture of autocratic leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive style to promote discounted cuts.
Do you want to know how infinitesimally small you are? The moon in this image (actually a Java app) is one pixel wide. Using the side scroll on your mouse or your trackpad, you can travel from the sun to Pluto.
This is in km, but for those of us who are metrically-challenged, each pixel is 2159 miles – the distance from New York City to Phoenix, AZ.**
What will you notice? All of that empty space (occasionally filled with puns on the page). The trip from the sum to Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars isn’t that long. But from there….
This is worth your time.
** BTW – if this were changed so that one pixel equaled the width of YOU, the distances would have to be increased 5.7 million times. Why? You’re about 2 feet wide (give or take), so it would take the width of 2640 people to equal one mile. Since one pixel equals 2159 miles, you’d have to line up 5.7 million people shoulder-to-shoulder to cover that distance.
Baumgartner jumped from 24.5 miles above the earth. He’s not in space, but he’s so high that everything above him is black. There’s so little resistance, because there’s so little air, that he goes supersonic, topping out over 800 miles an hour in freefall. He is the first and, so far, only human to break the sound barrier without being inside of a vehicle.
In the days leading up to the jump, the biggest caution – of all of the cautions associated with jumping from the edge of space and crossing Mach 1 without a plane – was that if he was even slightly off balance he’d go into a flat spin. And from there, he’d probably blackout and likely die.
As the video shows, he did go into a flat spin and he does tell ground control that he feels like he “has to pass out”. But he pulls out if it and lands safely.
This video is beautiful. It’s terrifying. It’s vertigo-inducing. It is raw courage.