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Nik Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls Via High Wire: VIDEO


Last night, Nik Wallenda became the first person to ever cross Niagara Falls on a high wire.

It was a cool stunt, and it was good that Nik Wallenda got to do it. The Flying Wallendas are arguably the most storied family in the dare-devilry and circus biz. They've been around for a century, more or less, and a lot of them have been killed in their pursuit of daringness. 

Nik Wallenda wasn't killed, and ABC's coverage of his stunt was strangely touching. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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  1. probably one of the most boring things I"ve seen on TV. ever.

    Posted by: william | Jun 16, 2012 3:52:28 PM

  2. "America's great wonders"??? The falls he walked over are Canadian.

    Posted by: dave | Jun 16, 2012 4:35:13 PM

  3. Jean Francois (Blondin) Gravelet did it in 1859. So did William Hunt. Walleda is just the first person to do it in 116 years.

    (FYI, ABC was being VERY generous with where the border actually was)

    Posted by: Stephen | Jun 16, 2012 5:07:33 PM

  4. Bravo his achievement but, then, he drooled on and on about how "God" had made it possible. Save it for church, Mary!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 16, 2012 5:09:21 PM

  5. Agreed, Michael Bedwell. As admirable as the feat was, there was just a little too much of the praising of the Jesus and the "Glory Be to God in the Highest" was enough to make me want to telepathically snap that cord with my mind just so he'd shut up.

    Posted by: SweetBabyKeith | Jun 16, 2012 5:20:01 PM

  6. Also, I've been thinking about this all day. Think of the millions spent on this extravaganza. He did it "for the glory of God?" REALLY?! Pardon the cynicism, but I'm thinking he id it for the glory of Nic. Because I'm pretty sure Jesus would want those millions of dollars spent elsewhere. "Wah wah wahhhhh..." (Debbie Downer music) I'm a hypocrite, though, because I watched.

    Posted by: SweetBabyKeith | Jun 16, 2012 5:25:37 PM

  7. ...""America's great wonders"??? The falls he walked over are Canadian."...

    And, Canada is in North America, therefor it is American, and even if the falls are in Canada, they are an American wonder not unlike the rainforests of Brazil.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jun 16, 2012 11:34:40 PM

  8. The creator, if there be one, of this billion gallaxy universe was protecting this human on the third rock from our star in a corner of one of the billion gallaxies in the universe. It is so ridiculous. It is just human arrogance.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 16, 2012 11:58:20 PM

  9. I thought "cool stunt" was an over justification. It was a feat of some sort granted. However ABC's playing fast and loose with the facts, it's over promotion of it, over advertising, and the evangelical comments by Nik Wallenda himself made it a BIG fail.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 17, 2012 4:06:26 AM

  10. I thought "cool stunt" was an unusual over justification by Towleroad. It was a feat of some sort granted. However ABC's playing fast and loose with the facts, it's over promotion of it, over advertising, and the evangelical comments by Nik Wallenda himself made it a BIG fail.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 17, 2012 4:15:13 AM

  11. Being familiar with Niagara Falls (are most of the commentators?) they are actually between New York and Ontario. He went over the Horseshoe Falls, which is on the Canadian side...but they referred to America in the comments...or did the United States change its name...I think Canada and the U.S. are sharing much of the continent. I also wonder if any commentators are ready to get on a tightwire and hoof it across anything higher than five inches? I believe the previous rope walk was over another area...probably the whirlpool. There's a lot of sour grapes coming from a lot of couch potatoes whose daring adventures are most likely an extra trip to the fridge to grab that last beer. Despite all the praising....they are a close family and a religious was a hell of a feat...and the work of a man and on his own accord in spite of the idea that he thinks that he had extraterrestrial support.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 17, 2012 6:27:40 AM

  12. Technically, there's little difference doing this 1' off the ground versus crossing over the falls, but it does seem impressive.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 17, 2012 1:35:47 PM

  13. But wait a minute - wasn't that a safety harness he had attached to the wire? The point (if there is a point) to these stunts is the danger - this guy was never in any danger. If he'd fallen, the only thing damaged would be his pride. Boring.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 17, 2012 4:41:56 PM

  14. Most impressive to me was the live footage of his grandfather falling to his death in Puerto Rico. I won't forget that.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 18, 2012 1:25:09 AM

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