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Will Nik Wallenda make it Live? Thread?
Today | Self

Posted on 06/23/2013 2:08:13 PM PDT by al baby

At 8ET/5PT tonight, Nik Wallenda, the 'King of the High Wire,' will attempt to cross the Grand Canyon while the world watches. Discovery


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: daredevil; wallenda
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I have a feeling this is not goin to end well. But my prayers are with him
1 posted on 06/23/2013 2:08:13 PM PDT by al baby
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To: al baby

I’d be wrapped around that wire so tight you would need WD-40 to slide me across it.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 2:10:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: al baby

Well, in case something happens, the broadcast is probably going to be shown on a few second delay. I can’t explain why people do stunts like this but I guess there’s a risk taker mentality in all of us. Of course for most of us it’s not at this level.


3 posted on 06/23/2013 2:10:53 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: al baby

I agree with you.


4 posted on 06/23/2013 2:12:16 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: cripplecreek

like


5 posted on 06/23/2013 2:12:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

Same. You can’t stop man from trying to fly though.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 2:13:00 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: al baby

Of course he’ll make it across.
It’s in the contract.


7 posted on 06/23/2013 2:13:01 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: al baby

I watched his grandpa die live on TV back in the 70s in Puerto Rico. I don’t wish to watch him die. So I won’t watch him.


8 posted on 06/23/2013 2:13:07 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: al baby

I’d be the human tick.


9 posted on 06/23/2013 2:13:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: al baby

If he makes it, repeat IF, he’ll just keep pushing the envelope until he doesn’t make it.


10 posted on 06/23/2013 2:19:24 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: JPG

can’t top Felix!


11 posted on 06/23/2013 2:20:07 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: al baby

Not interested!


12 posted on 06/23/2013 2:26:26 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: al baby
Have seen too many bad things happen out of the blue, won't watch a planned bad thing, getting old I guess.

Hope and pray he makes it.

13 posted on 06/23/2013 2:28:53 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: al baby

I doubt I will watch. I am petrified of heights and do not want to see anyone fall. I hope they do a few second delay. I just cannot believe there is not some sort of safety precautions.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 2:29:20 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: Randy Larsen

I wish him luck and godspeed.


15 posted on 06/23/2013 2:30:02 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: al baby

Of course he’s going to make it. They wouldn’t air it live if he wasn’t! </LIV>


16 posted on 06/23/2013 2:31:31 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

pretty stupid act. the ultimate death act will occur tonight pretty sad. I won’t watch.


17 posted on 06/23/2013 2:33:10 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: al baby

Huh?


18 posted on 06/23/2013 2:34:35 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: cripplecreek

What’s the weather like right now at the site? particularly the winds...


19 posted on 06/23/2013 2:35:47 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: null and void

10-second delay...just in case.


20 posted on 06/23/2013 2:37:16 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: al baby

Should we assign a twitter hashtag for the event? I suggest #cleanuponaisleseven


21 posted on 06/23/2013 2:45:26 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: al baby

One can do the “360 Tour” at the site if you would like to see it as he will. It’s windy today, at least here in the Phoenix area.

http://skywire.discovery.com/


22 posted on 06/23/2013 2:48:43 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Neidermeyer
What’s the weather like right now at the site? particularly the winds...

This walk will take place at the east end of the Grand Canyon, at a side canyon, actually, on the Navajo Reservation.

I happen to live at the other end of the Grand Canyon, near Grand Canyon West. I can't speak for the east end, but where I am, it's extremely windy with some huge gusts. There is no possible way he could attempt this walk at Grand Canyon West. I hope for his sake that the Navajo Reservation end of the canyon is not nearly as windy.

23 posted on 06/23/2013 2:52:04 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: al baby

Robbie Knievel jumps the Grand Canyon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT4omt51CtQ


24 posted on 06/23/2013 2:52:13 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: RobertClark

#Ouch


25 posted on 06/23/2013 2:52:20 PM PDT by Patriot95
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To: al baby
Once you get out on a tightrope high enough where a fall will kill you, you run up against the law of diminishing returns. What I'm saying is it no longer makes any difference high how high you go - a fall from 100 feet wil kill you just the same as a fall from 10,000 feet. Only difference is you die quicker from 100 feet.

Now I do think daredevils are a good thing. America was built on risk-takers and daredevils epitomize that - and sell a lot of tickets when they do their stunts.

Does anybody remember Evil Kneivel? I do. I was only a kid when he was doing most of his stunts. But I was hooked. I had the Evil Kneivel lunchbox and everything. Now that lunch box usually had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (because peanut butter wasn't banned from schools yet and besides, people would find peanut allergies silly), a banana and maybe a Hostess Twinkie or cupcake.

Everytime ABC Sports featured an Evil Kneivel stunt (usually announced by Howard Cosell), I was glued to the television. Now back in those days, you didn't have DVR and ability to rewind so you just got the once chance and you didn't want to miss it.

Now I remember clearly the big Snake Canyon jump on September 8, 1974. Elton John was all over the radio and Sanford & Son was the hottest show on TV. Richard Nixon was forced from the White House. just a month prior. And I was just starting 7th grade and boys were expected to wear tight pants and platform shoes to school (don't ask, but this was right around the time glam-rock was shifting to disco). But I was still too young to care about being stylish so I was content to play with my erector set and Evil Kneivel toys.

So anyway, I wish I could tell you that I was one of the millions watching the stunt that day - it was certainly the talk of our school. But no! You see, back in those days, when they really wanted to rip you off, they had something called "closed-circuit TV".

Now this was the 1970s equivalent of "Pay per View" but it wasn't like you could just dial it up on your home television and pay the $8.95 or whatever. No! You had to go some bar that subscribed to this "closed-circuit TV" scam. Which pretty much sucked for a 12-year-old kid because my parents weren't going to take me to a bar just so I could see Evil Kneivel jump the Snake Canyon.

So on the day of the jump (which was a Sunday and also the day Ford pardoned Nixon), I was reduced to hearing about it on the radio, where the DJ announced, in between "Billy Don't Be A Hero" and John Denver's "Annie's Song", that Evil Knievel did NOT make the jump successfully but that he "appeared" to be alive, somewhere in the Snake River.

Anyway, the Evil Kneivel phenomenon could only have happened in the wacky 1970s. Evil was the perfect counterpoint to Elvis Presley, who by then took to wearing star-spangled jump suits of his own. Only Evil looked much cooler in them.

Is it me, or did 1973-era Evil have more then a passing resemblance to Archie Bunker?

As Seen on TV!! This toy lasted me about 20 minutes before it broke. Just like 468 of Evil's bones.

26 posted on 06/23/2013 3:17:38 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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I remember being really little and watching that on “Wide World of Sports” (I think). He missed and the chute came out?


27 posted on 06/23/2013 3:32:46 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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Yes, I think Wide World of Sports showed it maybe a week or so after the fact. But if you wanted to see it live, you had to go to a bar and watch it on closed-circuit TV.

Interesting quote from Evil just before he died: "I made $60 million during my career but spent $62 million!"

Now $31 million of that was spent on women, booze and gambling. The other half, he apparently wasted.

28 posted on 06/23/2013 3:46:19 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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lol at the quote

here is the “Bad to the Bone” youvid about Evel (actor portrayal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_vn7SHncKs


29 posted on 06/23/2013 3:48:59 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: al baby

bttt


30 posted on 06/23/2013 4:06:57 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: machogirl

Actually the chute opened prematurely and had a lot to do with him missing, and nearly killed him since it landed in the water and started dragging the “cycle” in after it.


31 posted on 06/23/2013 4:15:30 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: al baby

If he makes it let me know. If not then don’t let me know. I can’t watch that death wish stuff.


32 posted on 06/23/2013 4:50:16 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: al baby

If he doesn’t make it, will you ask the mods to change the thread title?


33 posted on 06/23/2013 4:50:24 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: discostu

thanks, i didn’t know that the chute opened before it was supposed to.


34 posted on 06/23/2013 4:53:10 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: al baby

I am old enough to have seen his father / grandfather die on the news live. I think I refused to watch TV news for about 15 years. It was absolutely terrifying and hurtful to me to see that look on his face.


35 posted on 06/23/2013 4:53:52 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: al baby

Isn’t he using a harness?


36 posted on 06/23/2013 4:56:37 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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Coming in on a wing and a prayer—minus the wing.


37 posted on 06/23/2013 5:02:38 PM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
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To: wardaddy

no harness


38 posted on 06/23/2013 5:04:23 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: al baby

After seeing his promo on TV for about the 100th time, I’m hoping he’s going to die.


39 posted on 06/23/2013 5:10:20 PM PDT by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: cajungirl
TV anchor just stated they have an EMT team at the bottom of the canyon, in case he falls.

Wouldn't the coroner be more appropriate?

40 posted on 06/23/2013 5:11:38 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died, now Obama covers up the lies.)
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Just saw that too. Funny stuff.

That's like swabbing the arm of a condemned man with disinfectant before they give him the lethal injection needle.

Why...?

41 posted on 06/23/2013 5:18:17 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: al baby

Somewhere around the confluence of the Little Colorado with the Colorado, supposedly in the canyon walls of the gorge, is the Legend of the Cave with the Egyptian “artifacts”.

http://seethesouthwest.com/2524/the-legend-of-the-egyptian-artifacts/


42 posted on 06/23/2013 5:25:11 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: al baby

About 20 years ago an escape artist did a live national tv event here. Trick was to escape from a buried glass coffin. A buried in cement glass coffin. In the trial run they used sand. They did not account for the extra weight of the water. The coffin collapsed and they could not dig him out quick enough. It was all live with no delay. Very sad.


43 posted on 06/23/2013 5:25:47 PM PDT by gracie1 (Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesnÂ’t mean you have to approve of it.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Service Master is more like it.


44 posted on 06/23/2013 5:31:05 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: gracie1; All

I can’t imagine anyone NOT watching this! Terrifying though it is....


45 posted on 06/23/2013 5:35:22 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: All

Not watching so don’t know if this is true, but, sounds about right: Keith Murphy on Twitter: Natalie Morales just said, if Wallenda falls, “it’s likely fatal”. Likely? He’s 1500 feet in the air.


46 posted on 06/23/2013 5:52:05 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: al baby

He should wear a BASE jumping chute.


47 posted on 06/23/2013 5:53:44 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: All

http://skywire.discovery.com/live.html


48 posted on 06/23/2013 5:54:11 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Is there even a republic left?)
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To: John W

A fall probably would be fatal.

If it occurred before he got very far or near the other side, he could hit the rocks. Even hitting the water (river) at that velocity and distance would probably be fatal.

The fall would be 1500 feet. The ‘walk’ is about 1400 feet across.


49 posted on 06/23/2013 6:00:33 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: al baby
Jim Cantore is on site...G-d have mercy. Joel Osteen, as well...not looking good for Mr. Wallenda.

On the twisted side...there are actually sick b*stards at ESPN taking bets on whether he completes the walk or falls to his death. I really don't recognize this country or its people any more.

50 posted on 06/23/2013 6:00:47 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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