Behavior: The Golden Leap

For a dime and a four-second drop, he attains momentary fame. The coin goes into the pedestrian turnstile on San Francisco's Golden Gate, at 4,200 ft. the second longest single-span suspension bridge in the world.* Since the west side is closed to foot traffic, he walks along the bridge's east flank, ignoring a magnificent view of the city. Having reached the center span, he climbs without hesitation over the waist-high guard rail and—again without hesitation—jumps. Even if he hits feet first after a 250-ft. descent, the impact velocity of about 85 m.p.h. is likely to drive both legs up into his...

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