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?