The fear of heights is one of the most common of all phobias. That's understandable -- staring down at the fall that could spell your doom if you make one false move is not a comfortable thing. But it's not just the acrophobes of the world who get a little uneasy at the thought of being way up high. Everyone knows that frolicking around at great heights is a sure path to an early death.
Apparently, though, that memo never reached the desks of these maniacs ...
4Max Polatov and Marat Dupri
We all know that our Russian cousins don't give a shit about anything. Years of communism, harsh winters and Vladimir Putin giving everyone an inferiority complex have undoubtedly had their effect.
This is strikingly evident for 22-year-old Max Polatov and 19-year-old Marat Dupri, who have both decided to alleviate their boredom by climbing very tall structures just to hang off the edge for a photo opportunity.
They both have different names for what they do. Polatov calls it "urban climbing," whereas Dupri calls it "skywalking."
We call it clinical insanity. This video will explain why better than we ever could:
If you thought that just hanging off of really tall buildings was badass, then you're in for a treat. Eskil Ronningsbakken, extreme artist and founder of Global Balancing (that should help you recognize the name), takes things one step further by performing acrobatics in extremely high places.
Honing his skills since the age of 5, he spent his youth practicing in the forests near his home in Norway before joining the circus at the age of 18, under the tutelage of Peter Jakob of the world-famous Moscow State Circus. At deadline, we have received neither a confirmation nor a denial that a Disney movie based on these events is in the works.
Anyway, just like any self-respecting nutter, Ronningsbakken (we'll never get tired of making our intern type that name) harbors ambitions of performing his act at the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.