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Nick Wallenda's now BORING safety walk...

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/22/wa ... gara-stunt
TORONTO - A dare devil walking a wire across Niagara Falls wearing a safety harness is akin to laying down a bet at the casino knowing all your money will be refunded should you lose.

What’s the point?

In both cases, it’s no longer a gamble.

Only in nanny-state Ontario could you see a tightrope walker being forced to wear a seatbelt during his stunt.

It’s being reported that ABC Television is insisting 33-year-old Nik Wallenda wear the contraption when he attempts his walk of the Horseshoe Falls June 15.

Under this scenario he may not be Flying Wallenda but a Dangling Wallenda.
I guess it might be on par with watching people walking the top of the CN Tower attraction. Glad we didn't book anything that weekend in Niagara, especially with the insane inflated rates for everything. Jeez...
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It is still a test of skill.
If he falls, he is still a failure
but he does not need to die for his failure
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zz000ter wrote:
May 22nd, 2012 10:37 pm
It is still a test of skill.
If he falls, he is still a failure
but he does not need to die for his failure

Yes, but that risk is what the Wallenda's have been notorious for.
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zz000ter wrote:
May 22nd, 2012 10:37 pm
It is still a test of skill.

But that's not the point of this. Nobody is paying through the nose to be there to watch some dude walk in a very straight line. They're there because it's an amazing feat of bravery. One misstep and he's gone. It's like aerobatics at an airshow... it's not about skill really because there would be just as much skill if all the pilots were on very realistic simulators being broadcast like a video game. It's amazing because if one pilot is a foot out of alignment, everyone is a giant fireball, for real. It takes huge guts to be that confident in your skill and showing it to everyone, that's the attraction.
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I would not be risky my life hoping that there is not sudden gust of wind.

His relatives have died doing less risky walks. Why should he throw his life away, he probably has kids.
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ib his head gets chopped off
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Since when did the "nanny-state Ontario" government take control of ABC Television?? Oh wait, it's the Toronto Sun...
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im sorry but tethering him is just dumb. Why do we even need him to walk the wire? If we are going to tether somebody on, I volunteer. Yes I will happily walk the wire if im strapped on. Im sure millions of Canadians would as well. Its not a stunt at all. Its pointless. Ill have just as much fun watching the guys walk across a wire here at the park, 2 feet of the ground (I see people training in Stanley park all the time for this sort of thing).
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akira1971 wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 12:57 am
Since when did the "nanny-state Ontario" government take control of ABC Television?? Oh wait, it's the Toronto Sun...

Haha, ya, I am wondering how this author rationalized adding that into this story. I mean, the very next line he says that ABC is asking for the harness.
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007craft wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 1:53 am
im sorry but tethering him is just dumb. Why do we even need him to walk the wire? If we are going to tether somebody on, I volunteer. Yes I will happily walk the wire if im strapped on. Im sure millions of Canadians would as well. Its not a stunt at all. Its pointless. Ill have just as much fun watching the guys walk across a wire here at the park, 2 feet of the ground (I see people training in Stanley park all the time for this sort of thing).

I bet you could do it too (while juggling) and when you hit the other side, backflip into the pushup position and bust out 100 of those badboys before strutting off into the Niagra sunset.
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The element of danger is what makes it interesting. If he falls and dies, it would be tragic but now if he falls and hangs by a rope, he's just a failure.
I had an interest in this before, now i just don't care.
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With a tether line its not what Wallenda reputation is about...the edge of danger doing a walk that no one willing to do is what makes them stand above others...must as well put some safety nets below the tight rope also....
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Thai wrote:
May 22nd, 2012 10:35 pm
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/22/wa ... gara-stunt



I guess it might be on par with watching people walking the top of the CN Tower attraction. Glad we didn't book anything that weekend in Niagara, especially with the insane inflated rates for everything. Jeez...

I like the fact that the article contradicts itself ... claiming "Nanny State Ontario" than "ABC Insists" ... Well, ABC is AMERICAN Broadcast Corporation ... typical Toronto Star BS story.
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_Allan_ wrote:
May 23rd, 2012 11:28 am
I like the fact that the article contradicts itself ... claiming "Nanny State Ontario" than "ABC Insists" ... Well, ABC is AMERICAN Broadcast Corporation ... typical Toronto Star BS story.
Ha. I like how you critiqued the story then made a similar error yourself. Toronto Sun, dude! Totally different bias here.
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