Monday, 21. April 2014
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The man who fell to earth Felix Baumgartner got a jump on his rivals after nicking the idea for his amazing 24 mile sky-dive, a former pal has claimed.
Daredevil explorer Ivan Trifonov, 67, claims he gave Felix the idea for the jump from the edge of space - after his wife banned him from doing the stunt himself.
Ivan - a record-breaking Polar hot air balloonist - explained: "I had the idea of a jump from the edge of a stratosphere and told Felix about it in 2005 after my wife told me I was too old for all that."
"I let him have the idea on the condition that he had to include me in his team.
"He accepted the condition, but later told me he was working with Americans and didn't need me any more," added Trifonov, who lives in Vienna.
But even though he record breaking dreams came down to earth with a bump, Trifonov says there are no hard feelings.
"I sent him an SMS congratulating him on what he'd done and asking him to come to a celebration dinner," he said.
Red Bull has admitted that they had contact with Trifonov but said the idea for a jump into the stratosphere is already over 50 years old.
They said that many people have put forward projects including Trifonov but as his concept was not regarded as realistic it had not been followed up.
Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"
Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.
First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.
Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.
As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
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