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Throughout human history, there have been those who sought adventure, excitement, and even a dab of danger through engaging in a variety of thrill-seeking activities. Alain Robert, a Gallic soul who is known as "The Spiderman" is one such individual. This week, Robert successfully scaled the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. It was no small feat, especially considering that the building is 45-stories high. Robert made it to the top of the building, where he was promptly detained by police who were waiting for him. 45-stories isn't anything new for Robert, who has successfully climbed over 80 buildings across the world, including the Eiffel Tower and the Sears Tower, which he says was his "most exciting climb". He ascends these structures with nothing more than sturdy climbing boots and a bit of chalk powder. Robert was bitten by the climbing bug as a child, and his first ascent was climbing up the top of parents' eighth-floor apartment. It is worth noting that the first thing Robert does after a successful climb is to call his wife and three children to let them know that he is okay.
The first link will take users to a bit of reporting from ABC News' own Ben Barnier on Alain Robert's latest climb. The second link leads to a like-minded piece from the BBC, which includes a video clip of Robert in action. Moving on, the third link leads to a feature from the "Why Files" at the University of Wisconsin which explores how jumping spiders can climb slick and waxy leaves "without a care in the world". The fourth link leads to a guide to common non-human spiders written by Professor Susan C. Jones for The Ohio State University Extension department. Those persons with a penchant for high-wire tightrope walking will appreciate the fifth link immensely. Here they can listen and watch Philippe Petit talk about his famous high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. Finally, the last link leads to a bit of on the spot reporting on Petit's walk from New York's own WCBS Newsradio 880.