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A British man has survived a fall from the 15th floor of a New Zealand apartment block.

Tom Stilwell, 20, fell while trying to lower himself onto his Auckland balcony from a neighbour's, which was directly above, in the early hours of Sunday, according to reports. The roof of an adjacent building, some 13 floors below, is reported to have broken his fall and in turn saved his life. 

However, while Stilwell’s survival story is remarkable, it isn’t the highest fall that someone has survived.

Fellow countryman Stuart Jones, from Wellington, holds the record for highest fall survived down a lift shaft, after plummeting 23 storeys, a distance of 70m 229ft 7in whilst carrying out structural work on the roof of a temporary lift car at the Midland Park Building, Wellington, New Zealand in May 1998.

Despite surviving, he suffered multiple injuries, including a broken hip, a compound fracture in his left and lower leg, a broken left knee cap and a broken rib

The record for highest fall survived without parachute belongs to Vesna Vulovic (Serbia), who set the unenviable record in 1972, at the age of 23 while working as a Jugoslavenski Aerotransport hostess.

Vesna incredibly survived a fall from 10,160 m (33,333 ft) while inside a section of tail unit of the DC-9 she was working aboard after the aircraft blew up in a mid-air explosion over Srbsk, Kamenice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

Although Vesna was unbelievably fortunate to still be alive, she emerged from the wreckage far from unscathed, with the impact leaving her in a coma for 27 days, and she remained in hospital for a further 16 months while recovering from multiple broken bones.

China has regained the world record for the fastest computer.

Tianhe-2, developed by the government-run National University of Defence Technology, operates at 33.86 petaflop/sec, the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.

It beats the 17.59 petaflop/s performance of Titan, a Cray XK7, at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, into second place.

Finally, Heavy Metal pioneers Black Sabbath have set a new UK album chart record with their first Number One in nearly 43 years.

The veteran band’s new album,'13', entered the Official UK Album Chart at the top spot, beating Beady Eye's 'Be' to the coveted No.1 position by just over 13,000 copies. The last time Black Sabbath were Number One in the UK was 42 years and eight months ago in October 1970, with their second album 'Paranoid'.

The longest scream by a crowd without stopping lasted 60 seconds and was set by a crowd led by Sabbath’s lead singer Ozzy Osbourne at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California on 11 June 2010.

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