Thursday, October 24, 2013

Double Dog Dares

One hundred and twelve years ago today, a daredevil climbed into a barrel, plunged over Niagara Falls, and survived!

Was this some wild, risk-taking teen who didn't know any better?


Was it a professional stuntman who regularly risked life and limb?

Guess again.

Okay, how about a retired teacher celebrating her 63rd birthday?


And here she is posing with her barrel —

After the twenty-minute trip, Annie Edison Taylor emerged with only a small gash on her head.

When asked what it was like, she had this to say —

“If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat... I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

There you have it.

Do NOT try this at home…

Even if you are a super-duper, kick-A retired teacher.

PROMPT: It’s a great week for some daring historical fiction featuring tightrope walkers, human cannonballs, and barnstormers. Pick a wacky adventurer and enjoy the ride — from the serene and snug safety of your office chair.


  1. I know what I'm doing on my next vacation...

    1. Dude -- Cannon + Pieces + Dying Breath = NO Niagara Falls trip for you.