16 July 2007

Shiver Down The Backbone

Consider this proof-positive that bravery and outright lunacy are usually the same damned thing:

But yesterday, protected by nothing more than a pair of Speedo trunks and his extraordinary central heating, Lewis Pugh took the plunge and became the first man to swim at the North Pole.

The 36-year-old Londoner spent almost 19 minutes at minus 1.8C as he front crawled for a full kilometre - more than half a mile in the coldest water a human has ever swum.

With video and squirm-inducing picture (er...) "goodness." Frankly, I'm not sure what's more chilling: the feat, or the sight of this dude in a speedo.

Key quote: "I will never give up in front of a Norwegian!" Oh, those damned Norwegians!

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