The Human Fly

Hello? Human Fly here! — The Human Fly, “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”

There have been numerous notable buildering enthusiasts over the years, and quite a few of them have gone by the “Human Fly” nickname. Wikipedia lists four separate stunt climbers who used the handle, the most infamous of which being George Willig, who in 1977 scaled 2 WTC, the (slightly) shorter of the two World Trade Center twin towers. Let’s take a look:

Scary stuff. But it’s also worth pointing out that this crazy bastard walked between the two WTC towers on a frigging rope. These are all bad ideas.

“Human Fly” was also the name given to two distinct comic book characters: one a Spider Man nemesis and one a shark-fighting superhero who lived in the Marvel universe for a couple of years in the 70s. Anyone call for a webslinger?

And, that’s not to even consider the Human Spider, Mssr. Alain Robert.

So, in conclusion, as a great man once said: It’s been done.

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