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When the Segway first appeared more than 15 years ago, it seemed like a simple, elegant solution to an age-old problem: How to get a single person from point A to point B while exerting the least amount of effort. But there’s a clear problem with these two-wheeled people-movers: No matter how efficient or safe they may be, they’re just too damn ugly. Riding one around anywhere is an invitation to get your lunch money stolen.

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Bear Grylls has done some pretty gnarly stuff in his lifetime, stuff that even the most hardened men around the world probably wouldn’t want to consider. He’s tackled resistance-to-interrogation (R2I) training during his bid to join the U.K.’s elite SAS special forces, survived a near-fatal parachuting accident in Africa that left him terrified to engage in skydiving again, and braved the most hellish landscapes on the planet, from the crashing waves of the North Atlantic to the summit of Mt. Everest.

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