All of the projects - from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrower - have short learning curves; are human-focused, as opposed to technology-centric; are affordable; and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.
The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. What would the world be like if Thomas Edison retired after 30 years working for the railroad, it asks, instead of getting fired for blowing up a rail car with one of his experiments? Though the manual doesnít advocate getting fired, it does reveal that making black powder is pure excitement. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real, edgy life experience changes a person.
Each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions and illustrations along with sidebar tips from experts in the field.