I read recently in the METRO that a 48 year old man is the first person to ski down an iceberg (that’s not him in the picture, I’m just showing a photograph of something vaguely related, like some newspapers do).
Apparently Andrew McLean performed this world-shattering feat ‘wearing only a life-preservation suit for his protection‘ Why does that amuse me rather than impress me? I’m sure I would have been more impressed if he had done it wearing only a string vest.
Isn’t it rather like saying ‘he entered the stock-car race driving only a Challenger tank‘? or ‘he sky-dived with only seventeen parachutes‘?