A 101-Year-Old Man in England Wants to Become the World's Oldest Skydiver


Verdun Hayes has done and seen a lot in his 101 years. The energetic centenarian fought on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, has flown planes, survived a minor hot air balloon accident, and sustained a 76-year marriage. Now, The Telegraph reports that Hayes is gunning for a world record: On May 13, he’ll attempt to become the world’s oldest skydiver.

Hayes went skydiving for the first time in April 2016 to celebrate his 100th birthday. (His two great-grandsons jumped along with him.) The senior used the stunt to raise money for a local hospice, and said he hoped to do a second jump when he turned 101.

The feat last year made Hayes the UK’s oldest skydiver, but a Canadian man named Armand Gendreau still held the world record for oldest tandem male parachute. In 2017, Hayes wants to beat Armand’s record, while also raising money for the Royal British Legion charity.

“I will be 101 years and 37 days old and the record is currently held by a Canadian gentleman who was 101 years and 3 days when he jumped,” Hayes explained on his fundraising page. “I would like to bring the record back to Britain.”

[h/t The Telegraph]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Get Into the Puzzle-Making Business With This Breaking Bad Jigsaw Puzzle

The Breaking Bad jigsaw puzzle.
The Breaking Bad jigsaw puzzle.

Breaking Bad (2008-2013), which is widely considered one of the best dramatic television series of all time, charts the world of chemistry teacher Walter White, who turns to a life of a crime manufacturing methamphetamine and navigating New Mexico’s drug trade.

If you need to kill some time before tackling another rewatch of the show's five seasons, this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle ($14) from USAopoly should do the trick.

The Breaking Bad puzzle offers a stark portrait of drug kingpin Walter White.Amazon

When completed, the officially licensed puzzle depicts Walter White (Bryan Cranston) sitting in his trademark yellow hazmat suit, possibly contemplating the rivals he’ll soon have to murder. The finished puzzle measures 19 inches by 27 inches; the yellow suit ensures you’ll be keeping busy trying to find the right pieces.

You can grab the Breaking Bad puzzle for $14 on Amazon.

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