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Nik Wallenda completes Niagara Falls wire walk
cbc.ca ^ | Jun 15, 2012 | staff reporter

Posted on 06/15/2012 9:36:59 PM PDT by Daffynition

Nik Wallenda has successfully crossed Niagara Falls on a highwire strung high above the raging waters, a historic achievement for the American aerialist.

Wallenda, who hails from a long line of high-wire artists — several of whom have died during performances — started from the U.S. side at around 10:15 p.m. ET and completed it about 25 minutes after he started.

He took steady steps for most of his journey but ran the last few paces, CBC's Adrienne Arsenault said.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


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1 posted on 06/15/2012 9:37:04 PM PDT by Daffynition
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2 posted on 06/15/2012 9:40:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Daffynition

90% of people watching were hoping he would fall.


3 posted on 06/15/2012 9:46:15 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Revolting cat!
WTH?


4 posted on 06/15/2012 9:47:01 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Not unlike NASCAR and F1 fans.


5 posted on 06/15/2012 9:48:47 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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6 posted on 06/15/2012 9:49:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Daffynition

I wish Obama would try this.


7 posted on 06/15/2012 9:49:30 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Copenhagen Smile
90% of people watching were hoping he would fall.

While 10% were the people he owed money to.

8 posted on 06/15/2012 9:50:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Daffynition; a fool in paradise

9 posted on 06/15/2012 9:56:57 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

LOL...carrying a teleprompter as a balance beam....with a Canadian immigration official on the other side...asking him for his birth certificate. Heh.


10 posted on 06/15/2012 9:57:40 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
I saw his Great Grandfather Karl tight rope between games of a twilight double header at the Old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1975 when I was a little kid. It was a real spectacle, I was nervous as all Hell. He stood on his head directly in the middle of the wire and also through a baseball while traversing the field.

It was a real trip and I am real happy that he didn't fall. He died a few years later in Puerto Rico in a fall.

11 posted on 06/15/2012 10:02:26 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Daffynition

I enjoyed where he said prayers for strength every 5 minutes.


12 posted on 06/15/2012 10:03:55 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Revolting cat!
This was what his *last meal* was B4 the long *walk*.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 10:05:16 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

That is one frightening photo. Bigger than life but...that’s the Walendas. Congratulations!!


14 posted on 06/15/2012 10:07:37 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Daffynition

Please don’t take this wrong, but according to the story I read Friday ABC refused to air this walk unless he was tethered. If that is the case, would it not take some of the air out of the walk? Where is the danger if he’s attached to the wire by tethers?


15 posted on 06/15/2012 10:16:03 PM PDT by animal172 (Calling the Founding Fathers!! We need your help.)
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To: Copenhagen Smile
Hoping he'd fall???

Most of us knew he'd made it before ABC put it out in front of us....I'm typing this now as his first steps are being shown on the west coast.

Yeah, that's what I call thrilling stuff.

16 posted on 06/15/2012 10:20:01 PM PDT by norton
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To: Daffynition

Didn’t one of the Wallendas jump in a motorcycle over Las Vegas or am I thinking of Fonzie?


17 posted on 06/15/2012 10:20:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Kirkwood

As he prayed the ABC commentators wanted to interrupt with their inane questions... had to really sting for ABC to broadcast a man uttering Christian prayers and acknowledging the power of God.


18 posted on 06/15/2012 10:28:25 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Daffynition
Sorry, but I think that Austrian pilot Felix Baumgartner and his orbital jumping is more ballsy. No tether there; one tiny mistake, and either his blood boils, he burns up to a cinder, or he'll drill a hole so deep when he hits, he taps a new reserve of sweet crude. That is hanging your manhood in the car door and daring fate to slam it.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


19 posted on 06/15/2012 10:33:46 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: antceecee

I hope there was a big audience.


20 posted on 06/15/2012 10:35:17 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: animal172
Where is the danger if he’s attached to the wire by tethers?

Well, he still has to walk a highwire across the top of Niagra Falls. To most of us, that's pretty impressive.

Of course, it doesn't measure up to what you can do after a few beers, but very few things do.

21 posted on 06/15/2012 10:39:11 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Viking2002

Chuck Yeager....Steve Fossett...is that you? :P


22 posted on 06/15/2012 10:40:11 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Viking2002

What skill is there in that? He steps off and a drogue chute opens automatically and later a main chute opens automatically. No skill at all.


23 posted on 06/15/2012 10:49:44 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Daffynition
Well, just to put it into perspective........on the left here, we have one Mr. Nik Wallenda. On the right, Mr. Felix Baumgartner. Neither of whom obviously suffer from vertigo, inner ear dysfunctions, or low T. Now ask yourself - and be honest - which one of these guys could actually fail at their individual attempts and still live to tell about it if they had to do so naked? Hmmmmm?

The defense rests.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


24 posted on 06/15/2012 10:57:24 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Viking2002
Neekid gets you tazed, gramps. :P
25 posted on 06/15/2012 11:06:42 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Kirkwood
OK, wiseass, you climb into a modified NASA capsule swinging under a gas-filled balloon and jump out at 103,000 feet. And in white briefs, so you can show me your lack of skid marks left from the reentry. Personally, they'd need a backhoe to clean mine out, and I've done crazy shit in my time that defied the odds of human survival. Would have made for one hell of an obit, though.

Easy as walking on a tightrope, eh?

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


26 posted on 06/15/2012 11:12:21 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Daffynition
I'll take the taser. I don't think I'd wanna be in that state of nature at that age and doing a Mach 1+ free-fall in -90 F conditions. My itty-bitty widdle pee-weiner might get frostbitten. 'Course, I've been married long enough to the missus now that I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. *rimshot*

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


27 posted on 06/15/2012 11:22:20 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Viking2002
Yves “Jetman” Rossy
28 posted on 06/15/2012 11:30:33 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I remember that fatal fall as a child and was hoping this guy wouldn’t do the same. Glad he made it.


29 posted on 06/15/2012 11:36:15 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Daffynition
Oh, yeah - I've heard of this guy. He packs a brass pair, too. And pretty unique hook with the jet-powered wing. I remember the broadcast video from a few years ago when he attempted to cross the English Channel - didn't he have a malfunction recently that caused him to ditch in the water? Pretty cool stuff, regardless. He's another one who could leave a smoking hole in the ground if a piece of hardware hiccuped. I love these over-caffeinated, edge-dweller types. LOL

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


30 posted on 06/15/2012 11:46:58 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: Viking2002

Sure I’ll do it. It is extremely easy. Close your eyes and take ONE STEP OFF and gravity does the rest. It takes ZERO SKILL.

Walking a wet slippery wire in gusting wind in the dark for nearly half an hour and fighting gravity the entire time is a hell of a lot more difficult than taking one lousy step, and you know I’m right. It takes YEARS to learn the skills to walk a tightrope.


31 posted on 06/16/2012 12:30:54 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I saw him at a Braves game in the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Same kind of show.


32 posted on 06/16/2012 4:12:09 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: Daffynition

It looked like the wire cable was about 6” thick.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 4:32:18 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Daffynition
No comparison to what this guy did a few weeks ago.
34 posted on 06/16/2012 5:05:24 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Daffynition

35 posted on 06/16/2012 5:12:08 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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I Believe I Can Fly: Flight of the Frenchies

This'll get your vertigoing. These guys are nuts.

36 posted on 06/16/2012 5:40:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

I don’t how many people watching hope he falls but I believe 100% of people watching watch because he runs a good risk of being killed. If not, why watch? Would anyone watch a man tightrope walk 12” above the ground? Of course not. So, why then do they watch a spectacle like this? To hope he survives? Rubbish. They know that their good hope does nothing for him and the anxiety people feel watching is the thrill of vicarious fear that sells the event. Voyuerism pure and simple. Personally, I find it very close to pornography in that death (the ultimate private act) is remanufactured as entertainment for those that have depraved needs.


37 posted on 06/16/2012 6:05:53 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Talisker

“Of course, it doesn’t measure up to what you can do after a few beers, but very few things do.”

Now had he walked across the Falls while drinking beer I would have been really impressed.


38 posted on 06/16/2012 7:00:15 AM PDT by animal172 (Calling the Founding Fathers!! We need your help.)
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To: Daffynition

I recall reading about a French guy who did this feat back in the 19th century - without any safety harness.


39 posted on 06/16/2012 7:55:43 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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I recall reading about a French guy who did this feat back in the 19th century - without any safety harness.

Charles Blondin. He actually crossed the gorge a considerable distance downstream; Wallenda was the first to cross right at the falls. However, Blondin was notable also for crossing while pushing a wheelbarrow, balancing on a chair that was itself balancing on the rope, cooking and eating an omelet at the halfway point, and carrying another man across on his back.

Wallenda wore the tether to satisfy ABC's requirements, but he had said repeatedly that he preferred to have done the walk without the harness, and he proved he could have. Even so, it was just cool to watch. My TV is a tiny little 13-incher, and even so some of the camera work was vertiginous.

40 posted on 06/16/2012 8:15:01 AM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I agree. From a religious standpoint, to risk your live so foolishly for absolutely no reason, is immoral. I didn’t watch it.


41 posted on 06/16/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Viking2002

I’m looking forward to this jump. I can’t imagine anyone surviving this. He’s like Iron Man.


42 posted on 06/16/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SamAdams76

That was quite awesome. And...

You’re right. There is no comparison.


43 posted on 06/16/2012 12:36:58 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Wordkraft

Perhaps, when you have time, you’ll read *why* he was obliged to use a safety harness. There are many interviews about it.


44 posted on 06/16/2012 12:39:40 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: JoeProBono

45 posted on 06/16/2012 12:42:26 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Gee. It appears as if they come awfully close to the wall.


46 posted on 06/16/2012 12:52:19 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Viking2002

You have to acknowledge Col. Kittinger who led the way in stepping out of balloons way up there. He passed out once and his auto-opening chute saved him. On one ascent, his right glove didn’t seal and his hand swelled to twice it’s size. He could have stopped the mission, but he didn’t want to ruin all the hard work of the crew, so he carried on.

He did a few other things, like 483 combat missions in Vietnam, spent 11 months as a POW, etc. Clanging big brass ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger


47 posted on 06/16/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Daffynition


48 posted on 06/16/2012 2:27:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Revolting cat!


49 posted on 06/16/2012 2:39:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

“90% of people watching were hoping he would fall.”

Total Bovine Feces...you were hoping he would fall?


50 posted on 06/16/2012 2:46:07 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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