What is the Greatest Human Feat?

After consideration of Philippe Petit’s feat of spanning the World Trade Center towers on a hi-wire, I can’t think of a single human feat that can top that.  Neal Armstrong doesn’t count, he had a lot of help.  Einstein coming up with the theory of relativity is debatable I suppose.  I guess I don’t consider that a feat.  I’m talking about things that make you go “Damn!”  I’m talking about feats.  Like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, or Bob Beamon jumping 29 feet, or Lindburgh crossing the Atlantic.  Something that would generally impress the heck out of people from any time in history.

I haven’t seen the Man on Wire movie yet, but Linus and Lily watched an excerpt at school and I generally know the story.  It’s a pretty good story just to get the wire set up.

Nothing can beat Petit.  The tallest cliff dive ever?  The guy who held his breath underwater for almost 10 minutes?  George Brett hitting .390?  Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock?  Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie?  Rasputin?  Sadly, no.

What is the greatest human feat?

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7 Responses to What is the Greatest Human Feat?

  1. Elaine says:

    Brett hitting 0.390. What KC fan will ever forget that? Ahhh…good times. I miss them.

  2. Charley says:

    there must be some other competition out there. Robert Wadlow growing to 8ft. 11? Cool Hand Luke eating 50 eggs? Moses parting the Red Sea?

  3. jimhaefele says:

    So it has to be solo, or largely solo, right? Thus your exclusion of Armstrong. I will now think about this for an hour.

  4. Steven Collins says:

    Man on Wire is an incredible documentary. Just incredible. I got vertigo just watching it.

  5. MrFares says:

    I started looking by googling “historical badass” and got distracted reading
    about this recent Badass of the Week which includes the following bit of awesomeness in sentence form:
    “For his selfless heroism and insane fearlessness rescuing a wounded man and single-handedly running off two ships loaded with rocket launcher-toting African terrorists usting nothing more than a couple of improvised non-military weapons and some really foul language, Michael Groves was personally awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal at Buckingham Palace by the British monarch herself. “

  6. Nathan D says:

    I found Man on Wire to be a very solid documentary, though ultimately a very sad story.

  7. kelly says:

    I haven’t watched the film, but saw him on Colbert or somewhere. He not only did this, he was so into it, he crossed like 6 freaking times before they chased him off.

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