February 03, 2014

The edge of oblivion

The edge of oblivion by ricmcarthur
The edge of oblivion, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
167 ft (51 m) before you hit the ice at the bottom of Niagara Falls.

This is the edge of the falls a few feet from the Canadian edge of Horseshoe Falls.

People have been going over the edge in barrels, some survived and others didn't.

On October 24, 1901 Annie Taylor was the first person to conquer the falls in a barrel. After climbing inside her airtight wooden barrel, the air pressure was compressed to 30 p.s.i. with a bicycle pump.


On July 25th 1911Bobby Leach plunged over the Falls in a steel barrel. Bobby broke both kneecaps and his jaw during his daring event. Years later while touring in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel and died from complications due to gangrene.

I think I'll stay on terra firma.

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