If you’re thinking they’re gonna strap that dude to those balloons, you’re right (22 Photos)

Russian computer analyst Vitaly Kulikov broke a world record by strapping himself to 800 balloons and flying to about 20,000 ft. The previous record was about 13,000 feet. He parachuted down to safety and into the record books.

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  • lando

    i have to admit i always wanted to do that… minus the snow and the russia #22

  • jeremy

    The best thing is they're doing this in the middle of a snow storm.

    • kiwiflash

      There's never not a snow storm there.

  • Jamie Hymanman

    already done on Mythbusters.

    • Jay

      Nothing gets by you champ.

      • D.C

        shut up hymen!

    • lego

      i fucking loathe those two shitheads. you suck by association.

      • SheriffPablo

        Don't watch Mythbusters for Jamie and Adam. Watch it for Carrie Byron!

  • plop

    i thought it was one of theChive's cameras (photographer included)

  • MOAR

    A knife and a parachute should do the trick.

  • KyleRetrato

    There's snow way he did that…

    • Drummer

      bu-dm-tsh

    • SheriffPablo

      That's the punniest thing i've heard all day.

  • Urban

    #5 Personally it would be more entertaining to see this truck explode.

  • equalizermax

    And they did it during Winter in Russia…. Like A Boss

  • Oasis

    #13 This should be done in summer. Cold temperatures make helium balloons shrink.

  • .......

    …. And they never saw Yuri again.

    • ROK247

      a guy from south america i think did this and they never saw him again for reals. he was in a lawn chair i do believe.

  • Mike

    If you think 20,000 feet is high, google Joe Kittinger…..

  • ranD

    must admit im curious.. ill have to google this..

  • Ripple

    #21 had to scroll down this far to see dude in the air, shame

  • cavemanlawyer

    Helium is ridiculously scarce and heavily subsidized by the US Government. If it were not for these subsidies, a balloon filled with helium would be worth about $40.00.

    True story!

    • Reymont

      No, that's not true. Helium is the second most common element in the universe. The US is the largest producer of Helium in the world, and the price is not subsidized at all – it's a free market price.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium#Modern_extrac

      Some conservationists say that the government should step in and mandate artificially higher prices, just to discourage people like Yuri here from 'wasting it,' but that's kind of the opposite of what you said.

    • Naders

      where did you hear this?

      • cavemanlawyer

        Google it yourself, bitch!

  • metalwest

    this has been done numerous times…

  • .......

    Look at the balloons in #10 they're 4 times the size. I'm also assuming they're tougher considering how they held up in the weather.

  • Jon

    Why do many pictures of the damn truck unloading the helium canisters?

    • Estew

      Ha! Was going to post "Need more truck pictures"

  • http://www.douggoff.com Doug

    I swear I read somewhere that there's a helium shortage.

    • cavemanlawyer

      that would be the internet, Doug.

      • Estew

        After that last group of replies regarding He I have to laugh at Doug's comment. Maybe it's the beer.

        • Andy Tennant

          I'm pretty sure that's not true, Isn't one of out layers of atmosphere nothing but helium? the stratosphere maybe?

          • I know it all

            We mine the helium that we use…..not extract it from the atmosphere! And yes we are using more than we are finding!!!!!!

  • clemgrad03

    If those balloons are filled with hydrogen…maybe.

  • Brad

    mythbusters used a bb gun to shoot the balloons…

  • asb

    couldnt have picked a nicer day?

  • mexicant1

    well, bye.

  • Urban

    Mythbusters did get the little girl off the ground. It took a shlt load of balloons though.

  • Ummm

    That's 3 words

  • Nope

    #22 Ok and then what happened? They left out the most important picture showing how the guy got down using his parachute

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