Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk Won't Be That Scary

niagara fallsIf you're a circus fan who likes a misty breeze, you might be interested to know that a stunt man has just gotten approval to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls. Aerial artist Nik Wallenda had sought permission to do so forever, and finally this week, the Canadian parks and rec squad agreed to let him string an 1,800-foot cable across the falls from the US side to the Canadian side. Wallenda is apparently overjoyed by the news -- it's been a lifelong dream of his to pull this off.

It sounds really awesome, doesn't it. Thousands of people are expected to watch in person. But before you start biting your nails and cursing that part of your brain that hopes for the worse, it's worth knowing that Wallenda's life won't be in danger.


And not because he's some experienced professional, which he is, but because he'll be attached to the cable. So if anything goes wrong, if he slips, he'll just dangle from the tightrope by a belt he's wearing around his waist.

Wallenda expects the entire world to be watching, but I think he underestimates our attention span and the other extreme entertainment options at our fingertips. There's the UFC, for one. That stuff is scary intense. There's also the ACC championship -- nothing more nail-biting than the Duke/UNC game. And then of course there's who Ben will choose to be his wife on The Bachelor. I mean, nerve-wracking stuff.

Look. I'm not saying that his safety harness takes the fun out of it, but it changes the game a bit. The element of extreme anxiousness and intensity won't be there because real danger won't be there. But hey, it's not like I'm walking across no quarter-inch thick wire above no raging waterfalls, so I guess it's impressive even though it's not death defying.

So good luck to Wallenda and his crazy adventure across Niagara. Here's to getting across without falling. And if he does fall, here's to him not jamming his groin on that cable. Ouchies.

Will you watch Wallenda walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls? Date TBD.


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