Watch this fellow bounce up 36 stairs on his head

Chinese acrobat Li Longlong holds the Guinness World Record for the "most consecutive stairs climbed on the head," a total of 36 steps.

Guinness World Records states that "the strict rules for this gruelling challenge insist that the participant must not pause for more than five seconds between steps, and that no part of the body other than the head may touch them."

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Watch these incredible and utterly dangerous moves banned from figure skating competitions

Enjoy these demonstrations of figure skating elements and moves that the International Skating Union ISU) has apparently banned from competition. Examples include a one-foot backflip, spinning your partner by their ankles, and even lying down on the ice. Here are the ISU's official rule books.

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Watch this incredible record-setting backflip

In Leeds, England, Ashley Watson, 26, set a new Guinness World Record with a backflip between horizontal bars nearly 20 feet (5.87 meters) apart. In this case, Watson didn't fly through the air with the greatest of ease as it took him six tries to land it.

Bonus below, Watson's own "favorite videos of 2015, in and out of competition":

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Check out Disney's robot acrobat

This is "Stickman," a robot acrobat that Disney Research scientists presented at this week's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. From the abstract of their technical paper:

Human performers have developed impressive acrobatic techniques over thousands of years of practicing the gymnastic arts. At the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous and can begin to imitate these stunts in dramatic and informative ways. We present a simple two degree of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts. The robot uses an IMU and a laser range-finder to estimate its state mid-flight and actuates to change its motion both on and off the pendulum.

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Fire-breathing, twisting backflipper sets world record

Australian acrobat Aiden Malacaria set a Guinness World Record yesterday for the most fire-breathing full twist backflips in one minute. He had to hit eight of them but made it to ten. From Guinness World Records:

Each jump had to be a complete 360° backwards flip and, whilst airborne, Aiden needed to perform a 360° lateral spin, and blow a flame, without falling – making this challenge both exhausting and risky.

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Slackline acrobatics: trampoline meets tightrope

Here's a whole whack of extremely talented and energetic young people doing awesome and fun acrobatic routines on a slackline -- a bouncy rope that works like a cross between a trampoline and a tightrope.

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