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This is What It Looks Like to Climb a 22,660-Foot-Tall Mountain

In November 2015, climbing partners David Lama and Conrad Anker set out to climb the previously unconquered 22,660-foot tall peak of Lunag Ri, a mountain along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Most people will never get the opportunity to make the adventurous trek, but—thanks to this POV footage captured by a camera mounted to one of the men—we can all experience it without the danger, cold, and physical stress.

To put the mountain's height into perspective, consider this: the Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world at more than 2700 feet. Even if you stacked eight Burj Khalifas on top of each other, and piled on snow, ice, and rocks, you still wouldn't have an obstacle as impressive as the one Lama and Anker took on.

At times, the video above makes the feat seem impossible, as the climbers make their way up the landform using only the equipment they packed and their knowledge of how to take advantage of cracks in rocks and snow.

In a longer documentary about the climb posted to the Red Bull Adventure site, Lama explains that the trip was more than just a thrill-seeking expedition.

"One of the main reasons for coming to Nepal was that it's the country my dad comes from," he said. "Moreover, Lunag Ri as a mountain fascinates me."

Unfortunately, because the duo didn't move their camp higher up on the mountain, they were unable to complete the climb. "We were over ambitious—we bit off more than we can chew," Anker said.

Still, peak or no peak, watching the duo make their way up the mountain is impressive and a bit scary. Check out the clip above, and head over to Red Bull to see the full short film.

Banner image via Red Bull on YouTube

[h/t Gizmodo]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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