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(Chicago Trib)   Nik Wallenda confident ahead of high wire act. Grand Canyon and Darwin looking pretty confident too   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 543
    More: Asinine, Karl Wallenda, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, wind gust, tropical storm andrea  
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2013-06-23 06:46:17 PM  
After this, if he wants to walk across the second biggest hole in the world, he should contact my ex-wife.
 
2013-06-23 06:47:01 PM  
I'm not sure he truly understands the gravity of the situation.
 
2013-06-23 06:49:08 PM  
I wish him the best of luck

/too obscure?
 
2013-06-23 06:50:02 PM  
10 second delay.  I guess we'll know if the screen goes blank.

(Actually, I'll know because a fark newsflash will show up.)
 
2013-06-23 06:51:58 PM  
I love The Falling Wallendas.
 
2013-06-23 06:52:30 PM  
Why?
 
2013-06-23 06:53:40 PM  

js34603: Why?


To get to the other side.
 
2013-06-23 06:55:46 PM  
Darwin shouldn't be feeling very confident since the article says that he's a 7th generation member of his family troupe.
 
2013-06-23 06:56:04 PM  
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2013-06-23 06:56:05 PM  
"That's really where I get my peace," he said. "I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I'm going."

No you don't. You have a theory on the matter, but nobody really knows for sure due to that 1-way ticket problem.

That said...good luck.
 
2013-06-23 06:57:15 PM  
Suicide by tightrope
 
2013-06-23 06:58:40 PM  
This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...
 
2013-06-23 06:58:46 PM  
Is this going to be another "Oh thank you Jesus, thank you dear Jesus" deal like last time? Or do they not have him mic'd.
 
2013-06-23 06:59:21 PM  
is this going to be like the other time, when he had a harness on and a safety net like 5 feet below him the whole way?
 
2013-06-23 06:59:41 PM  

man metaphysical: Suicide by tightrope


But he has a safety team ready to pluck him off the rope within 60 seconds if things go wrong!!

/60 seconds is a LONG farking time to hold on to a 2 inch steel cable in 40 mile an hour winds...assuming you can even catch the rope when you slip.
//and this farker lets his kids watch.
 
2013-06-23 06:59:52 PM  
with a 10 second time delay
 
2013-06-23 07:00:06 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: "That's really where I get my peace," he said. "I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I'm going."

No you don't. You have a theory on the matter, but nobody really knows for sure due to that 1-way ticket problem.

That said...good luck.


No, he has a hypothesis on the matter.
 
2013-06-23 07:03:22 PM  

Ricardo Klement: No, he has a hypothesis on the matter.


"Theory" rolls off the tongue better, and I'm posting on FARK, not writing a dissertation.
 
2013-06-23 07:04:43 PM  
I don't want to see the guy get killed, but from what I have seen on TV and read on the internet, he is such a smug attention whore. He claims to be a christian who just wants others to think of him as a "regular guy", yet his entire life has been about trying to set records and get everyone to pay attention to him. I hope he gets part way across, slips, and then has to hang onto the wire for dear life while they use a helicopter or something to save him. Maybe then a bit of humility will set in, and he will go spend time with his family instead of risking his life and his family's future on trying to get that next record or that next TV show or that next book deal.
 
2013-06-23 07:05:30 PM  
Meh, It isnt even at the Grand Canyon

Link

/going to watch. Dammit Discovery!
 
2013-06-23 07:05:31 PM  
who here wants to see him fall? 100%? okay thank you
 
2013-06-23 07:08:39 PM  
I hope he can get health care.
 
2013-06-23 07:09:08 PM  
I'm hoping he pulls a Evil Kneivel and falls and pulls the chute.  For the Lulz.
 
2013-06-23 07:11:07 PM  
Won't he just hang in midair until he realises there is nothing below him, and then fall and make a dent in the ground and just crawl out of it looking confused?

Will there be an annoying bird involved?
 
2013-06-23 07:11:17 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...


I've been to Laughlin.  Nice whores in that town.
 
2013-06-23 07:14:28 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Won't he just hang in midair until he realises there is nothing below him, and then fall and make a dent in the ground and just crawl out of it looking confused?

Will there be an annoying bird involved?


Don't be silly. He can't possibly hold a sign and the balancing pole.
 
2013-06-23 07:15:01 PM  
blogs.ajc.com
 
2013-06-23 07:19:25 PM  
When is this circus, and where TV?
 
2013-06-23 07:20:02 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Darwin shouldn't be feeling very confident since the article says that he's a 7th generation member of his family troupe.


Does he still send out "Father's Day" cards?   If not- Darwin can keep on grinning.
 
2013-06-23 07:20:37 PM  
Man, this guy definetly makes the Red Bull balloon jumper look like a fool, eh?
 
2013-06-23 07:21:55 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...


Fall is probably a bad option as well.
 
2013-06-23 07:24:48 PM  
 
2013-06-23 07:26:27 PM  
Would it be wrong to walk at the bottom of the canyon underneath him with a dustpan and brush?
 
2013-06-23 07:26:39 PM  

Ricardo Klement: Fuggin Bizzy: "That's really where I get my peace," he said. "I have confidence that if something were to happen to me, I know where I'm going."

No you don't. You have a theory on the matter, but nobody really knows for sure due to that 1-way ticket problem.

That said...good luck.

No, he has a hypothesis on the matter.


Isn't a hypothesis usually based on observation?

I'd say he has a belief on the matter - a belief that can never be proven or disproven conclusively, and has no relation to the Scientific Method whatsoever.

rhiannon: Is this going to be another "Oh thank you Jesus, thank you dear Jesus" deal like last time? Or do they not have him mic'd.


Well, that's reason enough for me not to pay attention to it.  That and, as mentioned above, his "Grand Canyon Walk" is not at the goddamn Grand Canyon.  (A Christian misrepresented something for dramatic effect and higher revenues?  Unpossible!)  To wit:

Permitting Wallenda's walk was not a casual decision, says Geri Hongeva, spokesperson for Navajo Parks & Recreation. "Discovery Channel, NBC Peacock Productions and Nik Wallenda all had to complete a number of clearances and gain proper permits," including archaeological, biological and environmental surveys, and handle tribal park land use fees and filming approvals.

Translation:  "Pay up, suckers."
 
2013-06-23 07:27:37 PM  

guytoronto: TheShavingofOccam123: This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...

Fall is probably a bad option as well.


+1
 
2013-06-23 07:30:37 PM  
 
2013-06-23 07:30:53 PM  
I don't know about y'all, but I'm rooting for gravity.

Just remember...It's not the fall that hurts. It's the sudden stop at the end.
 
2013-06-23 07:31:02 PM  
How much does this attention whore brave daredevil stand to make from this stunt?

Oh, and what's the maximum range for a RC helicopter? (Completely unrelated)
 
2013-06-23 07:32:32 PM  
He better check for the ACME on the cable and pole.
 
2013-06-23 07:33:08 PM  
They had a special yesterday as a lead-in to the event tonight.  Should be interesting.
 
2013-06-23 07:33:25 PM  

Zebulon: I don't want to see the guy get killed, but from what I have seen on TV and read on the internet, he is such a smug attention whore. He claims to be a christian who just wants others to think of him as a "regular guy", yet his entire life has been about trying to set records and get everyone to pay attention to him. I hope he gets part way across, slips, and then has to hang onto the wire for dear life while they use a helicopter or something to save him. Maybe then a bit of humility will set in, and he will go spend time with his family instead of risking his life and his family's future on trying to get that next record or that next TV show or that next book deal.


With all due respect, I met Nik when he was just 7 years old. As cliche as it may sound, walking a tight rope was in his DNA before he was even born. I traveled briefly with - and performed my magic act in - the same show as his Mother and Father (Delilah Wallenda and Terry Troffer). They are 2 of the nicest, most humble and unassuming people you'd ever want to meet.

The Wallendas don't do what they do for attention. They do it because that's simply what they do. They believe it's their duty to carry on Karl's legacy. They are ALL born into it and that's all they know. From the time they can walk, their life is a tight rope. Like a magician looking for the largest object to vanish; a singer for a song with the most difficult notes to hit; and a race car driver for a faster car...it's all a case of trying to reach for the next unattainable goal - and  be the best at what they do.

What I observed was a family striving for excellence in their chosen profession - although - they didn't choose their profession as much as inherit it.

And even if it were nothing but attention whoring - I'd say crossing Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon probably deserve a bit of attention?

I wish Nik nothing but the best of luck. He's been training for this walk since he took his first "steps."
 
2013-06-23 07:36:28 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: TheShavingofOccam123: This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...

I've been to Laughlin.  Nice whores in that town.


Da cobber have them send us whores, I marry all you betcha
 
2013-06-23 07:37:00 PM  
no manufactured drama here
 
2013-06-23 07:41:49 PM  

guytoronto: TheShavingofOccam123: This guy is a complete idiot.

Summer is the worst time to do anything in the air in the high desert. Thermals off that canyon are going to pick him up and deposit his body somewhere Laughlin.

Of course, now Winter would be a bad time too considering snow and rain...

Fall is probably a bad option as well.


Hopefully he'll have a Spring to break his Fall...

/sorry
 
2013-06-23 07:42:02 PM  
They keep going on about it being 1500 feet up. After about the first 90 feet, it's irrelevant. Just a little more scream time.
 
2013-06-23 07:42:19 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Darwin shouldn't be feeling very confident since the article says that he's a 7th generation member of his family troupe.


I can recall seeing a news clip of one of the Wallendas attempting a tight rope walk between a couple of buildings, didn't make it. If one is weird enough to want to see someone die, going there and watching this live might be a pretty good way to do so. News articles are stressing the height of the walk but I think the distance is the biggest factor. 100 feet is more than high enough to kill him, 1400 feet of distance is going to mean he is up there a long time exposed to the whims of the wind.
I personally think Discovery should be ashamed for supporting this.
 
2013-06-23 07:42:32 PM  
Anyone got a feed?
 
2013-06-23 07:43:55 PM  

jdcgonzalez: Anyone got a feed?


Nevermind. Found it.
 
2013-06-23 07:45:02 PM  

jdcgonzalez: Anyone got a feed?


You can grab one off drudgereport.com
 
2013-06-23 07:46:32 PM  

DreamSnipers: I can recall seeing a news clip of one of the Wallendas attempting a tight rope walk between a couple of buildings, didn't make it


That would be his great grandfather Karl, who fell halfway through a walk in Puerto Rico. He was 73 years old, and the cause of his fall has been attributed to faulty rigging....Nik recreated the walk a few years ago.  It was kind of eerie watching him setting up his cable, pointing to a notch in the wall where his great grandfather's cable had rubbed as it was being tensioned.

/I might have nothing better to do, and might be watching the pre-walk special on Discovery.
//Maybe.
 
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