11 insane first-person videos

Jeb Corliss is the first person to fly through a waterfall in wingsuit, achieving speeds over 137...

Jeb Corliss is the first person to fly through a waterfall in wingsuit, achieving speeds over 137 km/h. (Screenshot from YouTube)

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In a time when it seems everyone is documenting every little thing they do, your social media feeds can become cramped with mundane videos of - how do we put this delicately - boring things.

Let’s face it, there are only so many ways you can record your cat jumping off things.

In case you need something a lot more exciting, here’s a list of 11 of the craziest first-person (first-toy and first-seagull included) videos we can find.

  • Backflip on mountain bike over 22-metre cliff

New Zealand’s Kelly McGarry crossed the line between cyclist and off-the-wall stunt person when he pulled off a backflip over a 22-metre canyon at the Red Bull Rampage 2013 event in Utah.

  • Biker robbed at gunpoint

South Africa’s Malcom Fox was simply out for a leisurely bike ride near Cape Town and the next thing he knew he was being robbed at gunpoint. Need proof? How about the GoPro camera strapped to his helmet that caught the entire ordeal on video. Cops later used the footage to arrest three suspects. And yes, Fox got his bike back.

  • Epic selfie takes you on a trip around the world

Alex Chacon accomplished a seriously epic selfie which takes viewers around the world in less than three minutes. The video, posted to YouTube in May, was filmed with a GoPro that was attached to a stick. The project took three years to complete and is spread out over 36 countries.

  • Toy robot in space

OK, we’re bending the rules a bit here on the term 'first-person' to include 'first-toy robot.' James Trosh produced a music video for Lucky Elephant's "Edgar" as part of a project for his degree in television production. According to techhive.com, Trosh spent about $630 on the project which included a weather balloon, GPS tracker and camera. The results are incredible.

  • Speaking of space, Felix Baumgartner’s jump (Jump starts at 3:37)

Toy robots aren’t the only things making for cool space videos. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner did something that those who are afraid of heights shutter at. In 2012, he broke three world records by achieving the highest jump ever (38,969.4 metres), the fastest vertical speed ever (1,357.6 km/h) and the longest vertical distance of freefall (36,402.6 metres) when he jumped out of a tiny capsule on the edge of space.

  • Seagull steals GoPro

This seagull must have seen this GoPro camera and thought, 'MINE!' That's because the curious bird picks it up and takes off for a brief flight over Cannes, France before landing on a castle wall and delicately dropping the expensive piece of equipment. YouTube user Lukas Karasek said he had to climb the wall to get it back.

  • Fireman appears to save kitten

OK, who’s chopping onions in here? This video should make any animal-lovers’ eyes turn into Niagara Falls. In this video, a Fresno, Calif. firefighter wearing a GoPro appears to save a tiny kitten after firefighters extinguished a burning home. Using an oxygen mask, the kitten is brought back to life. But don’t get too attached, because this story does not have a happy ending. According to gawker.com, the cat eventually died of smoke inhalation. GoPro continues to use a version of the video as an ad for its HD HERO3 camera.

  • AHL referee wears GoPRO

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be on the ice of a professional ice hockey game? And we aren’t talking about about your buddy’s beer league game. Despite quips from his linesmen and some of the players, American Hockey League referee David Banfield wore a GoPro for a game between the Charlotte Checkers and the Rockford IceHogs. The footage makes you feel like you’re there.

  • Scientist falls in ice crevasse (Warning language might be offensive)

American John All, a geography lecturer at West Kentucky University, is lucky to be alive today. According to businessinsider.com, All crawled in agony to safety after falling 21 metres into a Himalayan mountain crevasse, breaking his arm, ribs and suffering severe cuts and bruises. A series of videos captured his endeavour. Eventually he managed to climb out.

  • Jeb Corliss and his wingsuit

Professional skydiver and BASE jumper Jeb Corliss is the definition of crazy. Jumping off cliffs in a wingsuit and flying dangerously close to the edges is all the proof you need. Flying through a waterfall is just icing on the cake. According to the telegraph.co.uk, Corliss is the first person to do so, achieving speeds over 137 km/h. We’ll stick to our desk jobs.

  • Daredevils climb Shanghai Tower

A couple of daredevils decided it was a good idea to climb the second-tallest building in the world - the Shanghai Tower, a building still under construction. Once complete it will be 632 metres tall. But that wasn't enough. No, they decided to climb onto the crane on top of the building. No thanks. We choose life.


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