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Felix Baumgartner: Is ‘adventure’ in your family?

Yesterday, millions of people around the world witnessed Felix Baumgartner jump from the edge of space.
Felix jumping from his capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix jumping from his capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix broke several world records in accomplishing this incredible feat which saw him break the speed of sound. He set a new skydiving record, at about 128,000 ft (39 km), reaching a speed of about 834 mph (1,342 kmh), or Mach 1.24.

He also broke a YouTube world record for number of concurrent views (about 8 million people watched the space jump live).

This isn't the first time Felix has tried something like this - watch some of his 'top' free falls on YouTube.

Felix celebrates upon landing. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix celebrates upon landing. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Clearly, Felix has an incredible sense of adventure. We're interested in knowing about your own family stories of adventure.

Do you have adventurous relatives, or were your ancestors adventurous? What's the most adventurous thing a family member has accomplished?

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  1. I want to know about my heritage concerning my father, I can not find out too much. Can you help. My father was born 1905,/shawnee, Okla. Played foot ball for one of the University in Okla also he stated TCU, He took law but did not graduate. Moved to Fort Worth, Texas attended TCU, Opened a small grocery store where he married my mother Altus Loree Allen in l928, had three children, John Ferris, died at the age of 5 yrs. Mary Adelene Shawhean Abercia and Shirley Ann Shawhean Wells. He owned a Beer Distributing Co. called John F. Shawean Distributing Co during the WW11 and later owned a co. Thermal ?Eng. Co. on W. Berry, also a Pallet company for the government. My father's mother Mary Naufel Shawhean gave birth to my father in l905 about 4 months arriving to the United States. She came f rom Greater Syria with her brother Uncle Naufel and a 5 yr old son Charlie Shawhean, who had a insurance company in Dallas, Texas, he was married to Nona Shawhean. My Grand Mary Naufel Shawhean and my brother Johnnie Ferris Shawhean are burried in Fort Worth, Texas, My father died in l985 in Houston, Texas. I know nothing about my father's side and I would like to know something. I was told his father was a policeman in Greater Syria (Tropolie,) I was told that she lost 5 children in the plague and decieded to come to the United States after she found out she was going to have another child.

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