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Lars Anderson Archer

Danish archer Lars Andersen started using bow and arrow to fight in faux battles during Larps (live action role play) events, where he played a soldier in a medieval-inspired army, and it was at one of these Larps, that Lars started to learn to shoot fast while moving. His latest video debunks several Hollywood myths and shows off not only impressive feats like shooting 3 arrows in 0.6-seconds and grabbing an arrow in mid-air and firing it back. Continue reading to watch.

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Bodhi Bennett Hiking Toddler

Bodhi Bennett isn't your typical two-year-old because his first outdoor adventure came about when he was just five days old, and he's an Instagram star to boot - check out his page here. Together with his mother Shannon, 27, who is currently pregnant with her second child, and father Blake, 29, the trio have hiked approximately 300-miles in 40-states. Bodhi's mom says: "When I was pregnant with Bodhi it was important to my husband and I that our lives didn't change because we were going to become parents. We had heard so many times that children change your life completely and you can no longer do those fun things you did when you were younger. But Bodhi climbs everything and really enjoys mimicking what we do. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Climbing El Capitan

Tom Evans, a climber and photographer, has been chronicling the very difficult feat Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell are attempting: free-climbing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. Free climbs refer to those in which climbing protection such as ropes, tri-cams, nuts, and other aid-climbing equipment, may be used to protect against injury during falls, but cannot be used in ascending the climb. This monolith of granite has been climbed in the past, but these two are ascending the Dawn Wall route, a sheer face of rock considered by many to be the most difficult free climb in the world. Tommy's FB page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Leif eSnowboard

When you combine an electric skateboard with the riding style of a snowboard, you get the Leif eSnowboard. In other words, the ride features wide trucks in front and back, with a a narrow caster wheel in the center that's set on a rotating plate and powered by a dedicated 2,000-watt brushless electric motor. This acts as a third wheel capable of spinning 360°, sharpening the board's turning capabilities with omnidirectional driven power. This 360-degree power allows the board to mimic the floaty, low-friction turning power that a snowboard has courtesy of the snow underneath its waxy base. Continue reading for a video more pictures and additional information.

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Glacial Hydrospeeding

Photo credit: David Carlier/Caters News

Hydrospeeding down a normal river is exciting enough for most people, but not Swiss mountain guide Claude-Alain Gailland and mountaineering expert Gilles Janin. They risked their lives to hydrospeed down a winding 7-mile stretch of the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Switzerland. Photographer David Darlier says: "This is a very dangerous activity for two main reasons. First they need to check the whole glacial river to make sure there are no big crevices ahead. They also need to make sure there are areas where they can stop without being swept away by the stream, which can be very strong." Continue reading for an FPV video of the Aletsch Glacier, more images and additional information.

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Pivotal Tracker 1

Pivotal Tracker 1 isn't just another Fitbit clone, but rather one that touts all the features at just a fraction of the price. Working in conjunction with the Pivotal Living mobile app, it utilizes sensor technology to track daily activities, such as steps walked, daily activity, calories burned, and the amount (and quality) of sleep. The wristband then sends the information wirelessly to the app for real-time health and wellness reporting. Product page. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Pentagon Net

A group of daredevils, known as The Moab Monkeys, wanted to experience The Grand Canyon like never before. So, they set up a giant net over a canyon that sits 400-feet above ground to both relax and BASE jump. This hand-woven, pentagonal web was installed 200-feet away from the nearest cliff, meaning they had to first walk the distance before being able to jump. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Jason Brown Football

Jason Brown didn't leave the NFL due to a career-ending journey, but rather a higher-calling, one that did not involve all the fame or luxuries of professional spots. The then 24-year-old Brown signed a $37.5-million, five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, making him the highest paid center in the league. After earning more than $25-million, he is now a full-time farmer in Louisburg, North Carolina, where has his very own 1,000-acre farm. Believe it or not, everything he knows about growing crops was learned through YouTube video tutorials. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the coolest flipbooks ever from Japan.

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Tony Hawk Hoverboard

Now that you've seen the Hendo Hoverboard, this new video shows what it's like when skateboard pro Tony Hawk tries the board out. Just to recap, it works by generating a magnetic field over a conductive metal surface (copper, aluminum, etc.), which then generates an opposing field, causing the Hendo to hover about an inch above the ground. One caveat: this prototype only has a 7-minute battery life. Continue reading for the clip and more information.

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Water Meets Surface

We've all probably seen enough underwater photographs to know what they're about, but it's uncommon to find photographers who specialize in shots that give a glimpse at where the water breaks up top. The primary obstacle faced by underwater photographers is the loss of color and contrast when submerged to any significant depth. The longer wavelengths of sunlight (such as red or orange) are absorbed quickly by the surrounding water, so even to the naked eye everything appears blue-green in color. Underwater photographers solve this problem by combining two techniques. The first is to get the camera as close to the photographic subject as possible, minimizing the horizontal loss of color. Wide-angle lenses allow very close focus, or macro lenses, where the subject is often only inches away from the camera. Continue reading for more.

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