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This Army Specialist Went On The World's Most Insane Water Slide And Lived To Tell About It
"If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough," goes the unofficial theme song of Johnny Knoxville & Co., and that sentiment almost certainly applies to the latest video blowing up on Reddit.
Titled "This should be fun," the 37-second video features a tattooed man giving the aforementioned quote before barreling down a near-vertical drainage ditch at an insane rate of speed before he crashes into rocks at the bottom — all caught on the trusty GoPro camera he brought along for the ride.
Although the Reddit video cuts off at that moment — leading many commenters to assume he met his demise — Army Spc. Steve Jackson is actually doing just fine. In fact, he wouldn't necessarily rule out giving it another try some day.
"I'm undecided," he told me in a phone interview. "If I do this thing again, I’ll definitely go down to the bottom first."
It took me a while to find Jackson, who said he doesn't mind using his name here, since his chain of command is aware of the video in question (they called him an idiot and thanked him for a good laugh, he said). The video didn't say who he was or where it was shot, but fortunately, the Reddit comments section, Google Maps, and some social media sleuthing helped me figure it all out.
The drainage slide is just off the H1 freeway in Oahu, Hawaii, about 20 minutes from where Jackson's stationed at Schofield Barracks. He said he spotted it off the freeway one day and figured it was pretty epic. He's also not the first one to give this one a try, though past daredevils used surfboards instead of a license plate.
As it turns out, when heavy rain hits the island, the bottom turns into a giant pool of water similar to what you'd find at a water park — which is what Jackson was expecting on his way down. But since a bridge is in the way, it's impossible to see exactly what's at the bottom when you're standing at the top.
"It was heavy rain when we were doing it, and I just assumed a pool of water would be down there," he said. "But it wasn’t. I just went crashing into the rocks."
For his trouble, Jackson got plenty of road rash, a fractured ankle, and a broken wrist. Plus a video of the insanity he captioned with "famous last words I feel like this is a bad idea and guess what it was a terrible idea."
But he's doing okay now! And note to readers — and Jackson — please don't ever try this at home, or anywhere, for that matter.
Here is the full video of the incident he posted to Facebook the day after he went down the slide a few months ago:
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.