1The daredevil who bathed in a tub full of hot sauce
2The wildlife expert who wanted to be eaten alive by an anaconda
In footage aired on the Discovery Channel in 2014, 27-year-old Paul Rosolie and his 10-strong team tracked down the 20ft-long anaconda to the headwaters of the Amazon. Donning a black armored suit and slathered in pig blood, Rosolie moved tentatively "on all fours" toward the enormous beast as the cameras rolled and his wife, Gowri, watched. Seconds later, the female anaconda — one of the world's most fearsome creatures — pounced on its 5' 9" victim, latching on to his head, before constricting his arms and body. As Rosolie felt his arm "start to break" under the snake's grip, he ordered his team of fellow naturalists, doctors, and vets to save him, with just the top of his head in the animal's jaws. As the show aired, people across America took to social media to express their disappointment at the highly anticipated footage.
In response, Rosolie claimed that he carried out the risky move to raise money to save the snake's habitat in South America and that the animal was not harmed.
3The skydiver who jumped from 25,000 feet with no parachute
Luke Aikins was in free fall for around two minutes after jumping from a small propeller plane above Simi Valley, California. The 42-year-old was not wearing a wing suit or emergency parachute for the jump, which was broadcast live on television.
He thanked the dozens of crew members who spent two years helping him prepare for the jump, including those who assembled the net and made sure it worked. While Aikins has made over 18,000 skydives, he admitted to being nervous before his latest feat.
4The daredevil who skated the roofs of the tallest buildings in Dubai
5The man who was (willingly) run over by train
While the whole thing is pretty amazing, it could have ended an entirely different way. He could have killed himself and possibly hundreds of others. Basically, just stay away from train tracks, everyone.
6The daredevil who died while zip-lining by ponytail
Eyewitnesses say Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, made it about halfway across the 600-foot wire when his ponytail apparently became entangled in the wheeler leaving him dangling some 70 feet above the river while spectators watched helplessly. Because the stunt was performed illegally — and Roy had no emergency personnel standing by to assist him — it took another 45 minutes before police were finally able to bring him down. He was rushed to a nearby hospital when doctors pronounced him dead of an apparent heart attack.
7The real life Acquaman who set the record for swimming 236 feet in the sub-zero waters of the North Sea
After taking a few breaths of air, he dived feet first through a hole carved in the ice. As soon as he was in the water, he started swimming to the next hole wearing only in his signature blue Speedos. It was 152 meters away, and there wasn't another escape route, which made the challenge extremely dangerous. After reaching his destination in just 2 minutes and 11 seconds, the 40-year-old daredevil lingered in the freezing hole a little longer, as if to prove the cold didn't affect him much.
He also set another record for swimming 72 meters wearing only swimming trunks. You'd think that after swimming that distance in the heart-stopping water he would immediately jump out to find some warm clothes, but our hero just stood there with his elbows on the ice, smiling and thanking everyone as if he was in a hot tub or somewhere in the Bahamas.
8The daredevil who switched gliders in mid-air for a publicity stunt
But — even for Red Bull — this stunt is pretty insane. In the video below, parachute and skydive master Paul Steiner casually switches gliders in mid-air, hanging off the wing of one to drop onto the top of the other.
If that wasn't enough, he then proceeds to grab the tail of the first glider (which flips upside down) while standing on the second. Check it out: