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    Adventure facts
  1. Male ski jumpers have approached speeds of more than 60 mph (96 kmph) at the very base of the ramp, causing them to jump more than 240 feet (73 meters) off a 6-foot (1.8 meter) ramp. 
  2. Paragliders can fly to heights of 15,000 feet (4,572 meters). 
  3. Of the 189 people who have died in their attempts to climb Mount Everest, an estimated 120 of them remain on the mountain.
  4. Many credit the Suicide Club, a counterculture group of the 1970s, for starting urban exploration.
  5. Since 1901, 16 people have gone over Niagra Falls in the name of adventure and 11 have survived.
  6. Skijoring is a snow sport where a cross country skier is pulled by two sled dogs.
  7. Mount literally located at the top of the world, rising 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level.
  8. The average skydiver plummets towards the surface of the Earth at a rate of 120 mph (193 kmph) and can soar horizontally at 30 to 60 mph (48 to 97 kmph).
  9. The average traveler saves $1,500 for each week that he or she participates in a house swap as opposed to renting accommodations.
  10. The fishing sport noodling is legal in only 13 of the United States.
  11. The Himalayas that curve across the length of Nepal are home to eight of the 14 tallest mountains on the globe.
  12. The Dubai World Cup has the distinction of being the world's richest horse race. The sixth race of the event has a prize of $6 million.
  13. Typical wingsuit flyers fall at a rate of 50 to 60 mph (81 to 97 kmph) and can jet through the air at 70 to 90 mph (113 to 145 kmph).
  14. Wakeboarders are able to flip 20 feet (6 meters) into the air.
  15. Wax adds a high-traction layer of bumps to a surfboard's deck, or standing surface. This wax layer helps the rider stay on the board.
  16. The human body needs a minimum of 1.9 liters of water per day for good health. One day without water is cause for serious concern, and three days without water will lead to almost certain death.
  17. Death rates go up 15 per cent in the winter thanks to hypothermia, influenza and pneumonia.
  18. The 30/30 rule on lighning: Stay in your shelter if you see lightning and can't count to 30 before hearing thunder, and stay in your shelter for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  19. When Elvis bought Graceland, it had already been sold to the YMCA for $35,000. But the King upped his offer to an impossible-to-refuse $102,500.
  20. Wax adds a high-traction layer of bumps to a surfboard's deck, or standing surface. This wax layer helps the rider stay on the board.
  21. Sleds have probably been around since about A.D. 800 in Viking regions, and the first reference to sled racing came out of Norway in 1480.

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