From the inner-workings of an extreme sport
to a series of accidents associated with it, this is what happens when paragliding goes
wrong: Paragliding is an adventure sport that involves
the use of a free-flying wing to which the pilot is connected by a harness and a network
of suspension lines. The fabric wing has vents at the front which
maintain its elliptical shape as air pressure builds up. The aerodynamic forces of the air flowing
outside the wing and the suspension lines enable gliding while maintaining its shape. The pilot can steer, adjust speed and flare,
through controls in each of their hands that connect to the left and right sides of the
wing. Launching and landing are done into an airstream,
either by running or being pulled. The wing gets into a position that can carry
the pilot’s weight before lifting them off the ground. Even though the paraglider doesn’t use an
engine, flights can go across hundreds of miles and thousands of feet up into the air. As with many extreme sports, there are a number
of risks associated with paragliding, including death. Number 5 Matt O’Donnell
As he was preparing to take off of a cliff in New South Wales, Australia, experienced
paraglider Matt was caught in a whirlwind, commonly known as a dust devil. This happened on January 2, 2019, and a video
of it went viral online. O’Donnell’s wife was forced to watch helplessly
as he was swept away on a terrifying ride. In the video she’s heard screaming in terror
and asking if he’s okay. Fortunately, thanks to his experience, O’Donnell
kept his composure and maintained control of the glider despite being suddenly and rapidly
spun around. He got out of the dust devil and continued
his flight, unharmed. It was a fortunate scenario but the video
serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that paragliders face. Before we move on, answer this question. What’s the highest paragliding flight on
record? a. 15,000 feet
b. 20,000 feet c. 25,000 feet
d. Over 25,000 feet
Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned to find out the
right answer. A paraglider is unique among human-carrying
aircraft since it’s so portable. On average, wings have a surface of 220 to
380 square feet, a span 26 to 39 feet and a weight of 7 to 16 pounds. It may sound like a lot but the harness and
wing can typically be stored inside a single backpack. This means that transporting the equipment
is easy and that paragliding can be practiced virtually anywhere, provided that the wind
is right. The earliest patent of a gliding parachute
came in 1952, from Canadian pilot and inventor Domina Jalbert. The first official paragliding world championship
was held in Austria, in 1989. Nowadays, popular paragliding destinations
include the mountainous regions of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France but also areas
in Brazil, Australia and Turkey. Number 4 Peggy Williams
In May 2009, Peggy Williams was paragliding in Andalusia, Spain, when a freak gust of
wind caught the wing of her glider. The 47-year-old was catapulted through the
air and plummeted 20 feet onto a rocky outcrop below. Since her wing was still inflated, she was
dragged stomach-first over the jagged rocks for what she said felt like “an eternity”. Williams was airlifted to Malaga where she
received treatment, after suffering a torn liver and a nearly severed pancreas. The doctors would later explain to her that
it was her level of physical fitness that ultimately saved her life. Her strong abdominal muscles acted like a
“girdle” and protected her internal organs. Williams credited her life-saving muscles
to a one-minute daily regime that involved sit-ups, bicycle sit-ups and lateral crunches. Paragliding takes pilots thousands of feet
into the air, at speeds of anywhere from 12 to 47 miles per hour. The most obvious fear is harness failure and
a deadly drop. However, equipment is rarely the cause of
accidents as most of them can be attributed to pilot error. The worst thing a pilot can do is misjudge
their abilities, fly when they’re tired or in harsh weather conditions. Dangers include crashing into mountain ridges,
getting caught in overwhelming winds or coming in too hard on the landing. These can all result in broken bones, internal
organ damage and even death. There’s also a risk of paragliders crashing
into each other, which is usually more common in a competition setting. So, what’s the highest flight on record? The right answer is d, over 25,000 feet. In July 2016, Antoine Girard flew over Broad
Peak, in Pakistan, the 12th tallest mountain on earth. Over the course of the seven-hour flight he
reached a staggering altitude of 26,762 feet. Number 3 Ronaldo Faoro
In March 2015, California man Ronaldo Faoro and his daughter Sierra were on a tandem flight
near Santa Barbara. Faoro was an experienced pilot who wanted
to show his daughter the beauty of paragliding. Unfortunately, the flight ended in tragedy. Faoro wasn’t properly clipped into his harness
and, as the wing caught air, he became detached and fell to his death from over 1,000 feet. Sierra remained strapped into the glider and
crashed into a mountain side. She suffered only minor injuries and was flown
by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Number 2 Incident in San Diego County
In March 2019, two paragliders crashed into each other in San Diego and suffered a deadly
75-foot fall onto a steep cliff face. One of the men was qualified to fly on his
own while the other was in the process of getting his advanced qualification, according
to officials from the San Diego Fire-Rescue services. As the pilots crashed into each other, their
gliders became tangled. According to one eyewitness, a crash was heard
and afterwards she saw two men falling from the sky. Their position on the cliff meant their bodies
could only be retrieved via helicopter. Survival in paragliding is a combination of
proper gear, proper training and proper judgement. To minimize risk, you should use a wing designed
for your proportions and skill level, a cushioned harness, a helmet and a reserve parachute. Other pieces of equipment include a variometer,
which helps the pilot determine sinking or rising air, a radio and a GPS. Always check the gear for any faults prior
to a flight. You should be fully aware of the features
that come with the paragliding site, including obstacles and wind conditions. Training with competent instructors in wing
handling and emergency maneuvers is another essential step in avoiding accidents. Number 1 Grant Thompson
Grant Thompson had built a YouTube channel entitled “The King of Random” with over
11 million subscribers and billions of views. Thompson worked as an airline pilot for more
than a decade, then shortly in real estate prior to becoming a successful YouTuber. Thompson’s followers and many of his fellow
YouTubers were saddened when news emerged that he’d died in a paragliding accident
in late July, 2019. The 38-year-old had taken off in a paraglider
near Sand Hollow State Park, in Hurricane, Utah. When he didn’t check in, a missing person
report was filed. Thompson’s body and crashed paraglider were
subsequently located by a medical helicopter through the tracking of his GPS device. The police recovered a recording which they
hope will shed some light on the accident but foul play wasn’t suspected. In an Instagram post, Thompson’s family
asked his followers to do a “random act of love and kindness” to honor the passing
of The King of Random. Thanks for watching! Imagine you were paragliding and something
went wrong, would you rather make an emergency landing in a forested area or in a large body
of water? Let us know in the comments section below!

When Paragliding Goes Wrong
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100 thoughts on “When Paragliding Goes Wrong

  • August 23, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    Would YOU rather make an emergency landing in a forested area or in a large body of water?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    My bowwnnerrrr my boowwnnneerrrr myyy bboowwwwnnnnoooooorrrr aahhhhhhhhh hheellllpppppp mmakkkee iitt. Stttoppppppppp!!!!!!?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    Do when F1 goes wrong

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    In water

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    This guy can make coloring sound terrifying

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    This Guys Voice Makes It Sound Scary

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    Too soon I say

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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    In the question
    I'd land in a body of water

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    maby put meter's cause europa uses no retard units thanks

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm
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    Anyone else feel like this is oddly coincidental timing, considering Grant TKOR just died from a paragliding accident😢😟

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Ntf

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    R.i.p grant

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    >You are so fit you survive a ripped liver
    Damn!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    To whom who lost they're livez doin those thingz may they REST IN PEACE🙏

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    Nice vid dude. Keep it up Mister😉løVen your content… alwayz have actually

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    Another great video from they will kill you thank you ur fan Otis here
    Am loving it thank ❤ 😀👍👍 👆

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Can you guys do the top 10 scary Rougarous

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    20 th feet?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    Not going lie but the ta tas…look too perky at 4:16

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    I wish I could get the mech for I can flip off my bullies without me doing it

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    When pooping goes wrong

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    rip grant

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Press F to pay respect to Grant Thompson
    See you out there space cowboy

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Those nips 😂

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    on the topic of Sony vs Disney:
    When Blackmail goes wrong
    great video, btw

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    This will kill me!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    This was on my bucket list. Nice.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Peggy?? BWAAAAAHHH

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    As long as you know you have to mention King of Random at some point

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    👀

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    I cant get enough of your vidoes! but what about the people who use meters and kilograms

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    I'd love to see a video on the most dangerous spiders on earth

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    They Will Kill You please do a When Parasailing Goes Wrong video please

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    Can you go back to the world's scariest people please?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    You should do When Fair Rides Go Wrong

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    This channel has that 1990s Faces of Death kind of feeling right!?🤔

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    This channel has lost its touch, they will kill you for knowing about a parachute ?, what happens to the material , that I though I would be killed for being informed by your channel .. fail fail fail

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
    MISS YOU GRANT
    RIP

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Just a have a parachute and scissors! So when shit hits the fan, clip the harness and boom we back on the ground.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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    FOREST 👍🏻

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm
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    Do "when black Friday kills"

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    " WHEN BALLISTIC MISSILES GO WRONG "

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    wow i did not know.. Everyone knew Grant Thompson. RIP

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    My husband's dad crashed into the side of a mountain while my mother in-law was watching and holding their baby (my husband). He died on the way to the hospital. He was 27 years old. R.I.P

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    Damn you, this was on my "To Do" list.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Rip kor

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    Video about paragliding gone wrong and yet I get an ad about best paragliding spots.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    When eating contests go wrong please.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Stick to flying fpv mini quads with fat sharks people!!!!

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    TURN THIS BLUE IF YOU ARE AN OG $UBSCRIBER OF They Will Kill You 💯
    👇 (BE AN OG OF MINE TODAY) 😉👊🏼

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    When breathing oxygen goes wrong

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Can Zebras 🦓 be dangerous

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    Vulchers fly the same way as a paraglider does. They hit a jet stream and use it to gain altitude without flapping their wings. FACT

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Do one on monster truck accidents

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    When did you get an accent? I remember like 4 years ago when I watched you and there was no accent.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    Highest paragliding event was over 340,000 feet. I was the one who performed said feat.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    Um her abdominal muscles saved her organs? Her torn liver and nearly severed pancreas?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    Grant Thompson died the day before my fiancée Kate died 🙁 can’t believe it’s been nearly 4 weeks already 🙁

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    Can you Do Marijuana or Alcohol? (With Angelo’s Voice)

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    Make a video on Hydraulic Jumps.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    You are underrated. Your content is not just interesting but informing as well.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Make a top 10 about the cryptids or unknown creatures that we don't know if they exist or not

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Lmmfao
    Live on the edge,die on the ground

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    7:40 *judgment

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    3 min video stretched to 10.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    A large body of water. Other than a forest full of spears! Hitting the water at 40 miles a hour would be like hitting concrete! But the chance of surviving seems greater than being. Stuck by a tree

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  • August 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    Storming Area 51…

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Great video y'all. Grant Thompson was one of the most liked/loved you tuber. He is looking down at his family and friends and subscribers knowing that he is going to be missed but never forgotten.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    This title remind me of grant thomson😭

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    Can you please do a When animal rights activists get triggered.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    Can you do a video on serial killers?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    And the merch ruined it

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    Land or air, you’ll never safe anywhere.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    Could you guys do either a list of dangerous zoo incidents or a when circus acts go bad/wrong video?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:49 am
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    Thank you for going back to death instead of history facts

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    Do one about people in the winged suits

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    (D)

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    C. 25,000 Feet

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    How to survive: DON'T DO IT!

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    Do you do any other voice work?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Done 2 tandom jumps in the past and after watching this………. Can't wait to go again.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    LOL are you kidding me not properly secured how the f*** do you do that that's ridiculous how did he not realize he wasn't in his harness correctly f**** so stupid he deserves smackn into the ground f**** ridiculous he didn't check his equipment like three times then have somebody else check them over poor safety equals extreme consequences Safety First my friend

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    Yeah I was wondering if they carried a reserved

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    You should do the Adam Walch case

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    When boxing goes wrong?…

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    When taking a Poop Goes Wrong

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    I'd like to see one about when ambulance rides go wrong…..

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  • August 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    sup dude like your vids think i got i good idea for you "when religious belief gets you killed the silly edition" like the top 10 silliest cult or sect or whatever you call it that got someone killed

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    hhahahaa dieeeeeeee

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    2500 feet

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  • August 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Disgusting advertation of the merchandise.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Forest

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  • August 25, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Can't watch this without thinking about Grant Thompson

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    That scary music is nostalgic…. Shane Dawson conspiracy videos

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  • August 25, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    Can you do a video on “rescue missions gone wrong” love your voice btw 🙂

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    Have you done when wingsuit BASE jumping goes wrong yet?

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    "How to survive?"

    Don't do it.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    If you would land in the water it would be filled with Aligatorgars. Just like FACES OF DEATH

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