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TauBu Salutes Mark Sluszny for his New World Record Vertical Run

Belgium's Marc Sluszny just broke the world record for the fastest vertical run.

“It’s not how good you are – only how good you want to be.” So goes the mantra of Mark Sluszny, the Belgian-born extreme athlete who yesterday set a new world record for the longest vertical run. Like something out of a superhero movie, he suited up and literally ran more than 330 feet down the side of the Belgacom tower in Brussels. And he did it in 15.5 seconds, beating Swedish athlete Tony Berglund’s former world record of 19 seconds set in 2010.

Sluszny is a well known name in the international extreme sports circles. And with good reason:

  • In 1988, he swam across the English Channel solo from Dover to Cap Blanc Nez., a distance of over 22 miles, in 10.5 hours.
  • In 1994, he set a world record bungee jumping four miles and 309 yards from a hot air balloon.
  • In 1997, he was a member of the Himalaya Expedition on Annapurna, which involved climbing more than five miles without oxygen.
  • 10 years later, he became the first to hang glide over the Straits of Magellan and Ushuaia.
  • And last year, he rafted the Zambezi, Africa’s fourth largest river.

Meanwhile, he’s also explored the wreckage of the Titanic, become a yacht racing champion and master fencer, and released Sharkwise, an adventure documentary feature film that follows Sluszny’s quest to swim with the Great White shark outside the cage. The goal was to show that while you don’t exactly want to tick one off, sharks are not the murderous creatures they’re portrayed as – and to stick it to the thugs who kill and fin more than 60 million sharks each year for shark fin soup.

Grab a cold can of Evil Apple, Wicked Punch or Midnite Berry and check out the video on Sluszny’s record-breaking run. We have no clue what they’re saying, but you’ll be amazed at what you’re seeing.

TauBu Dares You to Take the Rainforest Challenge

Rainforest Challenge: Got what it takes to make it in the jungles of Malaysia?

Back in 1997, the first Rainforest Challenge was held in the jungles of Malaysia. If you’ve got what it takes to brave the sweat, the mud, the humidity, the gargantuan bugs, the night creatures and the rain-soaked jungle terrain, you’ve gotta sign up for the event’s 15th anniversary competition in December.

The Rainforest Challenge (RFC) is Malaysia’s biggest and one of the world’s top sports and adventure tourism events. 4X4 enthusiasts from around the globe gather each year to tough it out for a week on jungle tracks that can go from an easy, woodsy stroll to a hardcore muddy mess in an instant. We’re talking proper monsoons, landslides, erosion and floods. This ain’t no picnic. This is a down-and-dirty endurance experience in a place where it rains like mofo and the game plan changes daily. To stand a chance at RFC, you’ve gotta come to the dance with a never-quit attitude and a mother lode of hardware designed to get your 4×4 out of any stuck situation.

Organizers are taking applications for the Malaysia RFC event December 1-10. But over the past 15 years, word spread among extreme outdoors types everywhere and promoters expanded the concept to include events in Italy, China, Sri Lanka, Australia, North Europe and Tunisia.

Are you game for it? If you’ve competed in an RFC event in the past, post your pics on the TauBu Facebook fan page. And let us know if you plan to compete this year. We want to hear your stories. Meanwhile, sit back with a cold can of TauBu malt liquor beer and take a look at what you’re getting yourself into…

 

15 Fascinating Facts About Beer

Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the 1932 election by appealing to Joe Six Pack and promising to end Prohibition.

Here at TauBu, we dig history. And many an interesting tale of yore is centered on beer – that time-tested elixir of the gods, and of soldiers and scientists, of builders and babes and badass Babylonians. Here are 15 fascinating facts we bet you never knew about beer:

  1. The oldest document known to man is a clay tablet that discusses beer preparation.
  2. Ancient clay tablets from Mesopotamia, considered the cradle of civilization, indicate that most of the earliest beer brewers were women and that being and “alewife” was not at all taboo, but quite the respected occupation.
  3. Ancient Egyptian pyramid slaves and stone cutters were paid in beer called “kash,” from whence we get the modern-day word, “cash.”
  4. The Incas’ beer brews included chewed-up and spit-out corn.
  5. Sumerians invented the straw sometime around 2,400 B.C. specifically for sipping beer without sucking in the solid chunks left over from brewing.
  6. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, dating back to about 1772 B.C. and widely considered the oldest code of laws, mandated the death penalty for anyone convicted of selling watered down or otherwise unfit beer. The penalty often called for drowning a beermaker in his own brew.
  7. The patron saint of beer is St. Arnold (1040-1087), a soldier-turned monk often depicted with a bishop’s mitre and a mash rake.
  8. Speaking of monks, medieval men of the cloth were among the first to brew beer as a trade (after they pulled what amounts to an industry-wide corporate coup on the alewives) and often mixed it in the mortar used to build churches and monasteries.
  9. The first known consumer protection law was a purity law enacted in 1516 by Bavaria’s Duke Wilhelm IV limiting beer ingredients to barley, hops and water.
  10. Prior to the invention of thermometers, brewers dipped their thumbs into the beer mix before adding yeast. This is believed to have led to the phrase “rule of thumb.”
  11. Rather than continue on to Virginia as per their original plans, the Pilgrims instead made a beer run to Plymouth Rock because the stash aboard the Mayflower had run dry, according to a passenger’s diary.
  12. Among his first acts as Commander of the Continental Army, founding father George Washington mandated a quart of beer be included in the daily rations for his wearied troops.
  13. While working to perfect the pasteurization process, scientist Louis Pasteur practiced killing bacteria in beer before he moved on to milk.
  14. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt won his 1932 election partially on a promise to end Prohibition, giving beer and other alcoholic libations back to the People.
  15. Sierra Leone jewelers prove the authenticity of diamonds by submerging them in beer and studying the way they reflect light.

Know any more fascinating facts about beer? TauBu wants to hear them. Post them on our Facebook fan page.

TauBu Eyes Extreme Sports Complex Planned Across the Pond

A proposed extreme sports center in England will feature the world's largest indoor ice climbing wall.

Those who live the TauBu Life often are avid travelers. With that globetrotting tendency in mind, we’re breathlessly eyeing plans for the world’s largest indoor extreme sports center that could be built in the Copeland borough of Cumbria, England.

Assuming developers can drum up the £18 million (that’s almost $28.3 million in U.S. dollars) needed, West Lakes Extreme eventually could become a top destination for extreme sports lovers worldwide. We’re talking Britain’s largest ice-climbing wall, artificial caves and canyons, a ropes course and snow room.

The project is led by Lancashire-based Venture X-Treme, which plans a network of extreme sports centers that will serve as vacation spots for everyone from the family trying out extreme sports for fun, to the serious athlete looking for some additional training.

“It will be the UK’s premier destination for ‘trying and buying’ all kinds of adventure sports equipment and for millions of people it will be an unparalleled gateway to a world of excitement, active leisure and adventure,” the website says.

The concept calls for dividing centers into four extreme sport zones focusing on vertical, water, wheels and kids. The vertical zone will include the world’s longest artificial cave system complete with an underground river. The first level is great for kids, while the highest level is designed to be used by professional rescue teams training for difficult extractions.

The vertical zone also will feature the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall built with real ice kept frozen in a refrigerated room designed to replicate alpine winter climbing and the Scottish gullies. Like the cave system, the ice wall will feature areas for all abilities, from the newbie to the veteran climber training for a glacier walk in the Alps or a Himalayan ascent.

The water zone will feature both indoor and outdoor wave pools for surfing, a white water course, the UK’s first and the world’s largest artificial canyon system where athletes can slide, jump and abseil down a series of waterfalls. The canyon system also will allow for deep water soloing, a growing adventure sport that involves climbing steep pitches of rock above deep pools of water.

Venture X-Treme’s wheel sport zone will include a skatepark, mountain bike park and BMX competition track. Adults also can enjoy a day of extreme sporting with the kiddies, snowball fighting in the snow room, tobogganing at 40 mph down a stainless steel half tube, or zorbing down a hill and into the water.

What do you think, TauBu lifers? Would you jet across the Pond to visit an all encompassing extreme sports center? Post your thoughts on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

TauBu Girls’ Top Picks for the Coolest Father’s Day Gifts

Give Dad a track ride in a Ferrari 458 Italia for Father's Day.

Sunday is Father’s Day. And if your dad’s one of the cool guys, a department store tie ain’t gonna cut it. Instead, give your dad the gift of an extreme experience he won’t forget. The TauBu Girls offer their top pics for slammin’ Father’s Day surprises.

  • TauBu Girl Ricke’s pick – Shark Diving: Head for the coast and take your dad for a dip with some finned friends. Diving with the sharks, especially in South Florida and the Bahamas, is becoming an insanely popular attraction. And you don’t need to be a master diver. You and Dad can make your dive in a cage, which allows you to get up close and personal with these underwater predators while safely behind bars (not a phrase you typically like to associate with dear ol’ Dad, but you get the point in this case). If you and Pops happen to be Advanced Open Water Certified, then you might get the option of shark diving cageless.
  • TauBu Girl Diamond’s pick – Exotics Racing: If Dad’s more of a landlubber, then pack up and head to Vegas, baby. Make your way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for an Exotics Racing experience. Dad gets his choice of amazing jaw-dropping rides like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C. Packages range from a 2-lap ride-along, to five laps behind the wheel to 100 laps with a private coach. If Dad’s always dreamed of being a racecar driver, this is the next best thing.
  • TauBu Girl Aubrey’s pick – Air Combat Flying: Is Dad’s always had an eye for the sky, head to Phoenix for a Top Gun Fighter Pilot experience with Fighter Combat International. Dad will take the controls and fly with an actual military fighter pilot on an an as-real-as-it-gets mission. He’ll fly multiple real air combat engagements against the adversary in an Extra 300L, the world’s highest performance aerobatic airplane equipped with a gunsight. Only the bullets are simulated. Dad can choose half-day, two-day or five-day adventure. Or, he can opt for the Air Show Pilot experience flying air show maneuvers like loops, hammerheads, torque rolls, tumbles, etc.

Now, doesn’t that dinner at the local steak joint and pin-striped tie you were planning sound pathetic? Man up and do right by the man who raised you. Got other extreme Father’s Day gift ideas? Post them on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

TauBu’s Shark Diving Tips for Those with the Cajones to Try It

"Well, hello there, Mr. Lemonhead Shark. Pleased to make your acquaintance."

So, you’ve decided it’s time to man up and try shark diving. Okay, maybe you’ll start with cage diving. That’s fine. We won’t tell anyone that you’re too big a wuss to go commando, so to speak. After all, if we’re being totally honest, diving with underwater predators sporting multiple layers of teeth and no sense of humor is a bit unnerving – even with a set of steel bars between.

But should you opt for an open-water shark diving experience (after all, if TauBu Girl Christa can do it and come out unscathed, you can too), TauBu’s got some tips for you.

  • First, most places require that you be Advanced Open Water Certified before you can participate. If you’re not, skip the rest of this blog, grab yourself an ice cold can of TauBu, surf the net for certifications near you, then come back.
  • Once you’ve got that AOW certification, find a great dive operator that offers shark diving. This is not something you want to try alone for the first time, no matter how badass you think you are.
  • When you’re ready to dive, don’t hit the water like you think you’re Evel Knievel in a wetsuit. Ease in quietly, then make a beeline to the bottom. Shark prey generally hangs out near the surface and in midwater. If a shark mistakes you for a seal or a sea lion or a dead/injured fish, you’re screwed.
  • When you reach the bottom, lay low. Standing upright like a lightning rod will either scare the sharks away before you can get a good look, or kick them into attack mode and turn you into chum.
  • Don’t do a boneheaded thing like spearfish in the presence of a shark. No doubt he’ll want to jack your catch and that is a fight you will not win.
  • Take a cue from the fish around you. If they start swimming erratically, it’s likely that a shark is nearby.
  • Know that no matter how extreme you are, you’re no match for a huge, hungry or angry shark. Some dive operators recommend you take a stick or blunt object to stun a shark if you need, then hightail it out of the water asap. But don’t take our word for it. Follow every instruction your dive operator doles out. After all, they’re the experts.

Have you ever been shark diving? TauBu wants to hear your stories. Post ‘em on our Facebook fan page.

TauBu Girls See Prometheus, Share their All Time Fave Alien Flicks

The TauBu Girls aren’t much for chick flicks. So they were stoked for a GNO to see Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s newest film about a team of scientists who head out into the far reaches of space to investigate alien life forms.

The crew boards the U.S.S. Prometheus in the year 2089 and hibernates with an android at the flight controls, arriving landing on a distant planet with a large, temple-like pyramid structure in 2093. A giant humanoid head statue, dead aliens, a crazy storm and ampoules of a weird black liquid all play a part in the near total destruction of the crew, the ship and, potentially, the human race.

We won’t spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that the TauBu Girls loved it. And apparently, so did the rest of the world. Prometheus grossed $141.5 million worldwide over the weekend, coming in second (behind Madagascar 3) in U.S. box office figures.

Since they’ve promised not to spill any spoilers on Prometheus, the TauBu Girls decided they’d share their other all-time favorite alien flicks…

  • TauBu Girl CeCe: “I’m a big fan of all three Alien movies, but Alien 3 is my personal favorite for one reason – any woman who can rock a fully shaven head like Sigourney Weaver has my respect. Bald, badass and beautiful!”
  • TauBu Girl Megan: “I’m a sucker for classic films, so the original The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951 is one I can watch over and over again. It has a great, before-its-time twist in that the aliens are the good guys and the humans are the bad guys. The aliens basically tell us to grow up and get along or die.”
  • TauBu Girl Nicole:Who says alien movies have to be all seriousness and special effects? Mars Attacks! has the funniest story lines, obnoxious characters and hilarious sight gags. I love crazy Grandma – ”They blew up Congress! Hahaha!’ And I want that Martian girl outfit, hair and all.”

Grab an ice cold TauBu of your favorite flavor and watch the trailers for the TauBu Girls top alien flick picks. And let us know which alien movie you like best on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

 


Meet Megan: June 2012 TauBu Girl

June 2012 TauBu Girl Megan loves the Las Vegas lifestyle.

Hi there! My name is Megan and I was born and raised in the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. No, I do not live in a hotel. However, living 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip my whole life has been quite an experience. I tended to avoid the Strip unless I was hitting up one of the amazing pools, like the Mandalay Bay Beach. Instead I was thrill seeking whether it was cliff jumping at Nelson’s Landing on the Colorado River, riding motorcycles, hiking through caves, going shooting, snowboarding at Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort or attending local rodeos.

Although my tomboy ways never faded – I still love that extreme sports adrenaline rush – I also have a girly side that comes out in my dancing. I started dancing at the age of three and have loved it ever since. I’ve studied tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe and competitive, but tap is my favorite. I danced on my high school dance team during my freshman and sophomore years. After graduating from high school a year early with honors (oh, yes – I’m sexy-smart!), I headed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I’m currently a Biochemistry major with a minor in dance. Eventually, I plan a career as a Physical Therapist.

Until then, I work in an optometry office as an assistant and model part time to have fun and meet new people. In Las Vegas there are hundreds of conventions each year. Through my talent agency I am booked as a brand model or greeter with some of those conventions including the Magic Fashion Convention. This year I hope to be booked with SEMA which is a massive car convention hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Vegas is so much more than just a party city. People live, work, and play here both on and off the Strip. I live for my family and friends and to have fun! Life is all about having fun, succeeding, and striving for what you want in life.

My motto: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

My favorite quote: “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.”