FB therefore finds it hard explain the psychology of Felix Baumgartner. Baumgartner's reputation rests on jumping off skyscrapers but this week he is planning to go a bit higher by stepping out of a balloon 23 miles up and falling back to earth. Mr Baumgartner is reckoned to be likely to break the sound barrier in this stunt and no one really knows if this is a good thing or not. It may change the configuration of Mr Baumgartner's internal organs in a manner he will come to regret. FB is very sorry he can't join him and wishes him well, even as his adventure has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
|Felix Baumgartner about to jump|
However FB is sure he has been present when cricketers have broken the sound barrier. While batting in his usual phlegmatic fashion and having nudged the ball behind the wicket FB has on occasion found his batting partner breathless behind him to be followed by the call of 'Yes'. His only conclusion is that his partner must have beaten his call to the other end, breaking the sound barrier in the process, with no apparent damage to his internal organs.
A similar phenomenon has attended FB's more recent attempts to field in the slips where he has been put in the charitable thought that it would save him the embarrassment of a long chase to the boundary. FB has on more than one occasion observed the ball arriving at him before it could possibly have been hit by the batsman. This may imply that it has moved faster not only than the speed of sound but also of light. This is remarkable in its own right but in FB's experience renders it pretty difficult to catch.