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November 16, 2012
Q. How do real-life Spider-Men give the fictional hero a “run” for his money?
A. These death-defying adventurers climb some of the world's tallest skyscrapers or other man-made structures, says Laura Hudson in Wired magazine. When 49-year-old Frenchman Alain Robert was 19, he took a 50-foot fall while rock climbing, fractured his skull and wound up in a coma for five days. Nevertheless, he went on to become famous as climber of the Skyper in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the world's tallest building at 2,716 feet. Robert has been arrested over 100 times. While 20 stories from the top of Sears Tower in Chicago, he was covered in a thick fog that turned the building into a “vertical ice-rink” that nearly ended his adventurings.
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