KATHMANDU (AFP) - A British mountaineer has set a world record by making the first mobile telephone call from the summit of Mount Everest, taking the blessing -- or curse -- of the cell phone to new heights.
"It's cold, it's fantastic, the Himalayas are everywhere," Rod Baber said in the phone call from the top of the 8,848-metre peak early on Monday morning, according to a voice recording posted on his weblog.
Well, what can we say? Imagine, you've spent 12 hours trudging up from the South Col to the summit of Everest, you want to be alone, reflect on your life's great achievements, graduating from Harvard, MBA at Wharton, first million at 25, humping a Playboy Playmate, your first born Timmy, now standing on top of the world, perhaps the culmination of your life, well, you're going to make partner at Goldman next year. Some jackass, and it would have to be British, whips out a mobile and starts jabbering. 'Oh yes, frightfully cold mum, brilliant ... blah ... brilliant ... God save the queen ... ' This would warrant an axe to the head, but fock, it was a matter of time. Notice, it was made possible by Chinese. If there could be a coupling that would ensure eBomb wrath, it would be the hateful Brits and the Chinese. Bleh. I wonder if the shoes on the lass in the pic are crampon compatible. Via PC World.