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?
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.