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The Video Of ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes’ Failed Rocket Launch Is Hard To Watch

He died after an attempt to prove that the earth is flat went wrong.

We woke up this morning to the news that ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes – daredevil, flat earther, Guinness World Record holder for longest limousine ramp jump, and rocket lover – had died after his parachutes failed on a homemade rocket. He was 64.

The earth is round, by the way

The launch was an attempt to prove that the earth was flat. Hughes had strapped himself to a steam powered rocket, and launched himself 5000ft (a bit over a kilometer and a half) into the air with the hopes that he’d be able to see for himself that the earth had no curve. 

A video of the crash has been circulating since the news of his death broke, and it’s an intense watch.

When the video starts, you can see the parachutes trailing after the rocket. They’d been deployed too early. As the video goes on, you can see a tiny dot – the part of the rocket that Hughes is in – plummet to the ground.

It’s a hard video to see through until the end, and the captions prediction that he likely didn’t survive turned out to be true.

The launch was being filmed as part of a series for The Science Channel called Homemade Astronauts, a show that chronicles the lives of DIY rocketeers as they try and get to space on a budget.

Hughes had previously made headlines for being sponsored by dating apps and launching himself in a different homemade rocket as high as 1,870ft (570m) last year. 

After a bumpy landing on the previous launch, Hughes said at the time “Am I glad I did it? Yeah, I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning. I won’t be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”

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Can Someone Please Tell Me Why Grimes Thinks Global Warming Is Good?

Welcome to oblivion.

Look, we’ve all accepted by now that Grimes is up to some weird shit. She’s been living on a different planet to the rest of us for a while now, to the point where we weren’t sure if she was pregnant or just being arty. She’s pregnant, by the way, and that kid is already more enlightened than I will ever be.

Her latest venture though, is to let the world know that we should definitely stop panicking about the future because Grimes reckons that global warming is actually a good thing.

Almost a year ago, Grimes announced that her fifth album would be called Miss_Anthropocene. At the time, in typical Grimes fashion, she gave this description of what we could expect:

“It’s fun. I want to make climate change fun. People don’t care about it, because we’re being guilted. I see the polar bear and want to kill myself. No one wants to look at it, you know? I want to make a reason to look at it. I want to make it beautiful.”

She also said it would be full of “pro-apocalypse PSAs,” so maybe we should have seen this coming.

As fun as climate change with Grimes sounds, people living on planet Earth haven’t exactly loved it. Probably because climate change is actually a terrifying but who am I ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

I don’t understand why Grimes thought global warming was a good thing, and I don’t understand why the several marketing directors thought this was a fine thing to put out in the world. There were a lot of people involved in this decision, and none of them thought “hmmm, this might backfire spectacularly.”

Maybe their end goal was just to get people talking, in which case they’ve succeeded. The flaw in the plan though is that nobody’s saying anything good.

In case you weren’t already convinced that global warming was bad, listen to the GOAT Team chat about what you can do to help after the bushfires…

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Who Are These Grots Spreading Lice Via Their Selfies?

Grab the KP24.

Taking a selfie is all fun and games until someone doesn’t check the background, or walks into a pole, or gives their mate lice. All of these are very real possibilities, but only the lice one gives me shivers and makes me want to bathe in disinfectant.

We all lived through some variation of The Great Nits Outbreak Of Year Three (and Year Four… and Year Five…). Hats were to be protected at all costs, and there was honestly nothing worse than spending a lovely sunny Saturday having that tiny comb raked through your hair. My poor mum spent her 40th birthday pulling nits off my brother and I.

I should probably apologise to her for that.

Turns out that the days of lice outbreaks aren’t over though, and selfies are to blame. Little kids get them so often because they’re always playing close together and in close contact. As we get older, we generally stop piggybacking our mates to class and plaiting our hair together so that teachers can’t seperate us for talking. 

It seemed like a good idea, anyway

As selfies have become a thing though, we’ve taken to posing with our friends by jamming our heads together. All of a sudden, our childhood nightmares are crawling back.

Kristen Abrahams runs a head lice treatment salon in Sydney. Speaking to 10 Daily, she said that:

“One hundred percent selfie and phone use is contributing to more adults getting lice.”

“This is because 98 percent of how you get head lice is through hair to hair contact, hence selfies and young girls cuddling. The other two percent is live lice that came off the head onto a hat, brush or bed sheets.”

So please, for the love of everything, do us all a favour and get yourself some KP24. Selfies are fine, but nits are absolutely not.

For a happier childhood memory, listen to the GOAT Team chat about this three year old girl singing about dinosaurs

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