(source) - Don't want to get launched from a cannon for a living? We totally understand. But human cannonball Gemma Kirby is here to show us what it's like. Equipped with a GoPro for Mashable, Kirby steps into darkness, takes a few deep breaths and -- BOOM! -- she hurtles 100 feet through the air at about 60 miles an hour, according to the video.
Performing for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME, the 25-year-old Kirby is the youngest female human cannonball, Mashable wrote. According to ABC News, Kirby logged her 500th flight last month in Philadelphia. She describes the sensation of being blasted out of a cannon as "like the most intense roller coaster you've ever tried to ride on, times 10, with no seatbelt." As she told Associated Press: "Very few human beings get to feel that sensation." And with good reason, Gemma, but we're glad to go along for the ride, if only through a video.
You know how sometimes you go through life without ever thinking about a certain subject until all of a sudden something makes you examine it and you find yourself completely fascinated? Well that's what just happened with me and human cannonball-ing. Absolutely fascinating stuff. Have you ever had even a glimmer of wonder about what it would be like to get shot out of a cannon before this video? I mean you know it's a thing that exists in the world. You've seen circuses and stuff, but for whatever reason, seeing this video and reading this girl's story made me really contemplate what life choices one would have to make to get in to the human cannonball game.
Is it like passed down from generation to generation? Cus that's really the only thing that I can come up with. All I'm picturing is this sacred ritual where cannonball parents pass the torch (I guess sort of literally? You need a torch to launch a cannon right?) down to their cannonball children, ensuring that the great family tradition of emulating outdated weaponry lives on.
I guess at the end of the day... why the fuck not? I mean life is just weird as it is. May as well just be a fuckin cannonball. I mean, if that's your thing. I support it, do you girl.