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Daredevil Evel Knievel dead – itsReal

Crashing through life…

By Robert Green in Florida

December 01, 2007 11:42am

Article from: Reuters

DAREDEVIL Evel Knievel, who dodged death in spectacular motorcycle leaps and crashes in a life full of showmanship, died today at the age of 69.

“I just spoke with him last night. He seemed to be in good spirits,” said Knievel’s lawyer, Richard Fee, adding he died in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where he recently made his home.

The front page of the tempestuous showman’s official website – http://www.evelknievel.com – read simply “Robert Craig ‘Evel’ Knievel October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007”. The site quickly became inaccessible as it presumably was deluged by hits.

“Anybody can jump a motorcycle,” he once told Esquire magazine. “The trouble begins when you try to land it.”

Knievel – who retired in 1981 after breaking more than 40 bones in his body, including his back seven times – had been ill for some time, suffering from a lung disease.

He recently gave what he said “may be the last interview I ever do” to the December issue of Maxim magazine and battled rap singer Kanye West for infringing his trademark in the Touch the Sky video, in which West appears as “Evel Kanyevel” and wears a white jumpsuit like the one Knievel made famous.

The two reached a settlement on Tuesday.

In his heyday, the king of all daredevils dressed like a superhero in a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit with a cape and cane, his hair sculpted back in a tall pompadour.

Knievel’s greatest stunt turned out to be a failure when on September 8, 1974, he tried to ride a rocket-powered motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

With a pay-per-view television audience watching, the parachute deployed when his Skycycle X-2 was only two-thirds across, sending the cycle into the canyon wall.

It landed partly in the river but Knievel walked away with minor injuries.

For a jump over 13 double-decker buses in London’s Wembley Stadium in 1975, he was paid $US1 million ($1.14 million), a fortune at the time, according to Maxim.

One of Knievel’s motorcycles – a 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 – is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

His final years were plagued by pain from his accidents, as well as pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs.

“God never made a tougher son of a bitch than me,” Knievel told USA Today in an interview published in January.

The reporter described Knievel, who was 68 at the time, as feeble and reliant on an oxygen tank and an implanted drug pump to relieve his pain.

He spent almost a month in a coma in 1968 after he crashed while jumping the fountains at the Caesars Palace casino-hotel in Las Vegas. There were more serious injuries when he tried to clear a tank full of sharks in Chicago in 1976.

“If you don’t know about pain and trouble, you’re in sad shape,” he told Esquire. “They make you appreciate life.”

Knievel’s personal life was at times almost as painful as his job. He had trouble with the law starting as a teenager, went through bankruptcy and was estranged for years from his son, Robbie, who also became a motorcycle daredevil.

Knievel did not quit drinking until undergoing a liver transplant in 1999.

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Engine falls off plane whilst in flight – its not virtual antics -itsReal

(CNN) — Brendon Pelser said he saw pure terror in the faces of his fellow passengers after an engine fell from a wing as it took off from Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday.

Men were sweating profusely, women were crying.

“There was fear on their faces,” Pelser said. “Everyone started panicking.”

But the pilot of Nationwide Airlines’ Boeing 737 Flight CE723 was able to fly long enough to dump fuel and make an emergency landing at Cape Town International Airport.

Including crew, 100 hundred people were on the plane that departed at 3:50 p.m. on an hourlong flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. No one was injured.

The jet had only been in the air about 10 minutes before the engine fell.

“We heard something crash and bang, the plane veering left and right. A person on the right side said the engine was missing — had broken clean off,” said Pelser. Video Watch Pelser describe how the flight crew told passengers to “prepare for the worst” »

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Down Tatarah.com.sg website beams smiles BUT someone must be MAD as HELL – itsReal

Sponsors & Management must be MAD as HELL. Amazingly site is still down and new users are confused…apart from the smiles beaming from the site (see pic) there is one simple link to the RESULTS page –

tatarah.com.sg

…Members are MAD – See member post here Tatarah – Huge Dissapointment

(if you visit the above link look for the in-house NuffNang AD – APLINK gave NuffNang some advice recently – NuffNang

So what is really going on… is this another marketing gimmick to get tatarah brand firmly in Singaporeans Minds…Since my last Tatarah post on Oct 31 there must be enough time to add bandwidth. Since then I still see that lavish MRT train ads and as a marketer weep about the lost members they are not able to sign up…yet in the back of my crazy mind I still wonder is this marketing wizardry we are falling prey to… I doubt however that the sponsors think like APLINK…

Come on Tatarah let Singaporeans know what is going on !

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Virtual Worlds developers your roller coaster is departing…

Virtual World Developers, your roller coaster is on its slow upward climb getting ready to hurtle is way down steep declines, around tight impossible curves, flipping over upon itself to once again enter another breath taking decent and amongst all the screams of terror, joy, ecstasy the roller coaster continues unmercifully at speeds that can’t be imagined.. how long does the ride go for. Real roller coasters only minutes, but this roller coaster exists in a place called Second Life where you are only limited by your imagination & genius.. developers all over the real world had better engage their safety belts for the longest ride of their human lives…Linden Labs has pressed the start button – itsReal

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No Welcome Mat at LeMeridian Singapore – itsWeird

LeMeridian seems to have hit hard times, really hard times.

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