Monday, February 29, 2016

Over the Falls



Today's picture documents one of the most peculiar stunts of all times. Mrs. Annie Taylor, on her 63rd birthday, decided to attempt a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Many had tried before, but none had survived. Mrs. Taylor was short on money, and viewed the stunt as a necessity. If successful her finances for her old age would be assured. If not successful, there would be no old age. On October 24, 1901, she became the first person to survive a trip over the falls.

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  1. There have been others since then who have tried and failed. Some scientists used sonar tracking (or some such equipment) to see just where a large object, such as a barrel, would go when it went over the falls, and depending upon where you went in, you could be underwater, tossed to and fro, for several days, and always pop up at the same place downriver. One of the few instances where stupidity is actually illegal.

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