Because America is a free country and Americans love nothing more than abusing this privilege, there exists something called the Darth Valley Challenge wherein people dress up in their favorite "Star Wars" costume and run a mile through the searing nothingness of Death Valley, CA.

The fellow above is named Jonathan Rice, and he won the race, coming in at 6 minutes and 36 seconds. It was 129 degrees out at the time -- and Jonathan was, of course, wearing a full goddamn Darth Vader costume -- so this feat might be even more impressive than anything Usain Bolt has ever done.

The smart move here? Obviously, it's dressing as Slave Leia and getting to wear basically nothing at all.

(via io9)

Liana Maeby grew up in Los Angeles and it has made her just as terrible as you'd expect. A graduate of USC's film school, she previously worked as an editor for, and has written for publications like Interview and The Village Voice. Her first book, a satirical work entitled "Earl Can Hurl (You Can Hurl Too)" written when she was eight, remains unpublished.