Today's Travel Tuesday destination is the majestic Niagara Falls which straddles Ontario, Canada and New York State, United States. The famous waterfall is a mile wide and 20-stories high. Tour boats take passengers into the cloud of mist caused by the great falls, and it's a destination spot for visitors from both the U.S. and its neighbor to the north, Canada.
Watch this breathtaking video featuring the Falls from travel blogger Miya from Japan.
The sheer number of daredevils that flock to Niagara Falls suggest that great natural wonders inspire great risk-taking and stupidity.
Here is a brief history (photos and timeline from the article "Daredevils of Niagara Falls" on Niagara Falls Live, which also offers a live feed of the falls)
October 24th 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.
July 25th 1911
The infamous Bobby 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!
July 11th 1920
Englishman Charles G. Stephens equipped his wooden barrel with an anvil for ballast. Charles tied himself to the anvil for security. After the plunge, Chucks right arm was the only item left in the barrel.
July 4th 1928
"Smiling Jean" Lussier survived the trip over the brink in a large rubber ball.
For more amazing Daredevils from the past, click through to "Daredevils of Niagara Falls"
And, for more absolutely idiotic things that people do and say, check out our 2015 calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said.
Beloved for over 20 years, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said delivers a hilarious nugget of jaw-dropping inanity every day. Here are sports stars, entertainers, and politicians both left and right speaking without thinking. Plus odd menu items, funny warning labels, and unpersuasive hotel advertising: 2 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 3!