100 Things You Will Never Do: And How to Achieve the Impossible
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Ever fancied travelling through time? Taming a lion? Winning a Nobel Prize? Well, here's how to attempt all that and more. Daniel Smith—author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit—takes you on an entertaining journey through 100 things you will (probably) never get the chance to do.
Offering tips and advice on things that you may never be rich enough to do (buy your own island, drink a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite, own a Shakespeare first folio); things you might never be brave enough to try (bullfight, base jump from the Burj Khalifa, charm a snake); things you'll hopefully never have to do (escape from Alcatraz, land a 747, play Russian roulette); and even the downright absurd (being in two places at once, making gold, becoming invisible),100 Things You Will Never Do will give you a glimpse of your infinite potential.
be prepared to splash even more cash on styling, clothes and jewellery. You have 45 seconds for your acceptance speech before they play you off – don’t waste it, and don’t forget to thank your mum. 27 Make it on Broadway WHAT IT IS Becoming the biggest star in Theatre-Land WHY YOU WON’T DO IT There is always someone younger, hungrier and more talented… Have you ever wanted to see your name in lights on Broadway? Conquering New York’s famous theatre district is the ultimate ambition for many
a trail of charged or ‘ionized’ air in its wake, opening up a path for further strikes. If an object is struck once, it is no less likely to be struck again, and tall, exposed points are obviously vulnerable. The Empire State Building, for instance, can count on being struck between 25 and 100 times each year. In any one year, you have about a 1 in 700,000 chance of being struck by lightning. Fatalities stand at about 10 per cent, and usually result from the electric current stopping the heart
there’s lots of money at stake – in 2010 one breeding female with an impressive racing heritage sold for US$2.45 million. Some of the biggest race meets in Australia are in July and August, while the racing season across the Middle East runs from late October to early April. Race distances can be anything from 2 to 10 kilometres (1.2 to 6 miles), and fields can vary from as few as six camels up to as many as 75. As you might imagine, a race containing dozens of moody camels is no place for faint
the world taller than 8,000 metres (26,240 ft), and Annapurna I, in the Himalayas in Nepal, is only the tenth highest, at 8,091 metres (26,545 ft). Yet it is regarded as the most dangerous climb of all, with some 38 per cent of all climbers who attempt it dying in the process. Fancy your chances? Annapurna, whose name translates as ‘Goddess of the Harvests’, was first conquered in 1950, but by 2007 there had only been 153 successful ascents. Your trip is likely to cost several thousand dollars.
the most famous attempted theft of all, carried out by the enticingly named Colonel Blood, came perilously close to success. Anglo-Irish soldier Thomas Blood conceived his audacious scheme in 1671, at a time when the jewels were open for inspection in the Martin Tower at the Tower of London by paying the custodian. In late spring, Blood visited the Tower disguised as a parson and in the company of a female accomplice who pretended to be his wife. While viewing the jewels, the ‘wife’ feigned