Be thankful you weren't in this today. (via Getty)

I'm going to have a hard time explaining this story because I'm getting debilitating vertigo just reading about it, but here goes: two window washers spent a good portion of this afternoon hanging onto a broken piece of scaffolding outside the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center.


According to reports, they were just going about their day, washing windows about 400 feet in the sky—you know, normal Wednesday stuff—when, at around 12:45 pm one of the cables for the scaffolding became loose, and the next thing they knew, they were dangling off the side of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Imagine how terrifying it would be to find yourself in that predicament for just one minute. Almost inconceivable, right? Now multiply that by ninety! The New York Fire Department wasn't able to pull them in through a window until 2:15 pm. That's an hour and a half! Had that been me hanging onto that scaffolding, the better parts of my brain would have melted out of my ear long before they were able to pull my shivering, catatonic body inside.

According to the FDNY, both men are now safe and in good condition. I don't know about them, but I think I need a drink.