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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 07:48:10 PM

DreamSnipers: I personally think Discovery should be ashamed for supporting this.


Considering their lineup, they gave up on shame a while ago.
 
2013-06-23 07:48:42 PM
I just...hmm, I just don't know how I feel about this.  On one hand...well, never mind that.  I think I've just decided that "hell, go for it" is the only appropriate response here.  Not that my feelings on the matter matter in any way or that...you know, I think I'm going to have to quit while I'm ahead on this.  Maybe there are some yummy leftovers in the fridge.
 
2013-06-23 07:51:03 PM
I've worked with a couple of daredevils and while I respect their bravery, I think they're insane.  If something goes wrong with my act, I look foolish (well, more foolish than usual); if something goes wrong with their act, they're off to the ICU or the morgue...
 
2013-06-23 07:51:03 PM
If he dies, tomorrow is Monday.  Humanity moves on. And Justin Beiber lives. Think about that.
 
2013-06-23 07:52:04 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: If he dies, tomorrow is Monday.  Humanity moves on. And Justin Beiber lives. Think about that.


And honey boo boo's mother has a boyfriend.  Most of Fark does not.  Think about that.
 
2013-06-23 07:52:31 PM
What would really suck is if he was halfway over the canyon and a woman sitting on an inverted biplane clipped him...
 
2013-06-23 07:53:49 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: If he dies, tomorrow is Monday.  Humanity moves on. And Justin Beiber lives. Think about that.

And honey boo boo's mother has a boyfriend.  Most of Fark does not.  Think about that.


I don't have a boyfriend.  But that's OK because I'm not into those backdoor shenanigans...
 
2013-06-23 07:54:42 PM
 
2013-06-23 07:56:00 PM
If I were the director of this show, I'd shoot him with a time delayed equilibrium inhibitor to take effect halfway through the walk. But that's me.
 
2013-06-23 07:58:02 PM
He practiced this walk about 5 miles from me here in Sarasota. Best of luck Nik! Make it happen!
 
2013-06-23 08:03:33 PM
Incredible circus.  I remember Howard Cosell calling the Snake River jump.  And the greatest troll ever. I am mildly amused at PT Barnums wisdom.
 
2013-06-23 08:04:20 PM
Jim Cantore is there.  That means disaster.
 
2013-06-23 08:04:58 PM
christ on a stick, Jim Cantore's there.
 
2013-06-23 08:05:51 PM
Wait, did they just say there's a paramedic stationed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? That's mighty thoughtful of them.
 
2013-06-23 08:06:06 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Incredible circus.  I remember Howard Cosell calling the Snake River jump.  And the greatest troll ever. I am mildly amused at PT Barnums wisdom.


If people didn't want to watch silly, pointless stuff, I'd be out of a job...
 
2013-06-23 08:06:29 PM
Whew!  Thank goodness they have a paramedic down at the bottom!
 
2013-06-23 08:07:09 PM

thoughtpol: christ on a stick, Jim Cantore's there.


Oh dear sweet Jesus on a wire christ on a stick, Jim Cantore's there
 
2013-06-23 08:07:33 PM

soupart: Whew!  Thank goodness they have a paramedic down at the bottom!


Well, someone has to be there to stick the fork in him.

/really hope he doesn't fall...mostly because his kids are watching.
 
2013-06-23 08:08:17 PM
They just informed us there is a paramedic at the bottom of the canyon.  Ummm. Ok.
 
2013-06-23 08:09:20 PM

puppetmaster745: Wait, did they just say there's a paramedic stationed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? That's mighty thoughtful of them.


Can paramedics pronounce someone dead in AZ? ("Injuries inconsistent with life" or something like that?) 'cause they'd need someone to do that.
 
2013-06-23 08:10:33 PM
Is this on broadcast tv or not?
 
2013-06-23 08:10:49 PM
oh i see, it's a commercial for the Navajo nation.

/it does not take that long to say good luck.
 
2013-06-23 08:11:47 PM

evaned: puppetmaster745: Wait, did they just say there's a paramedic stationed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? That's mighty thoughtful of them.

Can paramedics pronounce someone dead in AZ? ("Injuries inconsistent with life" or something like that?) 'cause they'd need someone to do that.


I'm thinking the paramedic could just look over the rim and say, "Ummm, yeah, he's dead."
 
2013-06-23 08:11:56 PM

FC Exile: Is this on broadcast tv or not?


No, it's a DIscovery production.
 
2013-06-23 08:12:18 PM
Nik is haunted by the gruesome fall of Karl Wallenda.  Let's show it to you!
 
2013-06-23 08:13:38 PM
So apparently there's a 10 second tape delay. So we will miss the Wile E. Coyote moment
 
2013-06-23 08:13:38 PM

smunns: They just informed us there is a paramedic at the bottom of the canyon.  Ummm. Ok.


But if he falls, he falls on sacred indian burial ground, unleashing a tormenting hell of zombie indians.  This is important folks.  WE COULD ALL DIE!
 
2013-06-23 08:13:49 PM

Igor Jakovsky: Nik is haunted by the gruesome fall of Karl Wallenda.  Let's show it to you!


Meh. They've shown it like 6 times in the last two hours.
 
2013-06-23 08:14:11 PM
Let's start a drinking game - every time anyone mentions faith, Jebus, or anything religious, as if that's how he does it, drink.  When Nik mentions it, drink twice.  If he falls after declaring his trust in his god to keep him safe, drink the bottle.
 
2013-06-23 08:14:19 PM

AliceBToklasLives: So apparently there's a 10 second tape delay. So we will miss the Wile E. Coyote moment


Somebody is bound to have a hidden camera ready for that moment.
 
2013-06-23 08:14:25 PM

smunns: They just informed us there is a paramedic at the bottom of the canyon.  Ummm. Ok.


A janitor might be more appropriate.
 
2013-06-23 08:15:17 PM
Any of you young'uns remember Evel Knievel?  People would drive hundreds of miles and sit around for hours--and then his actual stunt would take maybe 10 seconds.  Why do people go through all that trouble for a peak experience that's over in almost no time at all?
 
2013-06-23 08:15:18 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Let's start a drinking game - every time anyone mentions faith, Jebus, or anything religious, as if that's how he does it, drink.  When Nik mentions it, drink twice.  If he falls after declaring his trust in his god to keep him safe, drink the bottle.


Jesus, God said go forth and be happy drunks not use your faith to die.
 
2013-06-23 08:15:33 PM
so when is he going to actually start?  how long can tdc drag out the introduction
 
2013-06-23 08:15:39 PM
And no I don't want to see him go splat - but only cause I don't want to see anyone go splat.

/well except Trump
 
2013-06-23 08:17:30 PM
Why isn't TDC streaming the actual show instead of this interactive no host crap?
 
2013-06-23 08:17:34 PM

Psycat: Any of you young'uns remember Evel Knievel?  People would drive hundreds of miles and sit around for hours--and then his actual stunt would take maybe 10 seconds.  Why do people go through all that trouble for a peak experience that's over in almost no time at all?


Well, thanks to teh Intarwebz, we can all sit on our fat asses at home and watch the whole thing, including the hours of build-up by attention-whore announcers.
 
2013-06-23 08:18:07 PM

thisiszombocom: so when is he going to actually start?  how long can tdc drag out the introduction


10 more commercial breaks
 
2013-06-23 08:18:43 PM

thisiszombocom: so when is he going to actually start?  how long can tdc drag out the introduction


It's the Evel Knievel Effect.  There'd be an hour-long show that had nothing to do with motorcycles, then Evel would drive around for a few minutes, and then the stunt itself would be over in seconds.  A tightrope act lasts a bit longer, but they still have to add padding...
 
2013-06-23 08:18:44 PM

FC Exile: Why isn't TDC streaming the actual show instead of this interactive no host crap?


They were streaming a osted segment a few minutes ago.  Don't tell me you actually want to watch the attention whores...
 
2013-06-23 08:18:53 PM
up next:

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2013-06-23 08:18:55 PM

thisiszombocom: so when is he going to actually start?  how long can tdc drag out the introduction


Me??? I am losing interest.
 
2013-06-23 08:19:12 PM

Psycat: What would really suck is if he was halfway over the canyon and a woman sitting on an inverted biplane clipped him...


Tee hee! I lol'd on that comment!
/reserved seat with my hand basket ready
 
2013-06-23 08:19:42 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: FC Exile: Why isn't TDC streaming the actual show instead of this interactive no host crap?

They were streaming a osted segment a few minutes ago.  Don't tell me you actually want to watch the attention whores...


I've got a girl next to me with a very short attention span.
 
2013-06-23 08:20:21 PM
And how come The Weather Channel is not showing this.
 
2013-06-23 08:20:34 PM

FC Exile: Benevolent Misanthrope: FC Exile: Why isn't TDC streaming the actual show instead of this interactive no host crap?

They were streaming a osted segment a few minutes ago.  Don't tell me you actually want to watch the attention whores...

I've got a girl next to me with a very short attention span.


Keep her busy then
 
2013-06-23 08:20:56 PM

Psycat: thisiszombocom: so when is he going to actually start?  how long can tdc drag out the introduction

It's the Evel Knievel Effect.  There'd be an hour-long show that had nothing to do with motorcycles, then Evel would drive around for a few minutes, and then the stunt itself would be over in seconds.  A tightrope act lasts a bit longer, but they still have to add padding...


That started more with Robbie.
 
2013-06-23 08:21:12 PM
Oh FFS - the Karl Wallenda fall AGAIN??
 
2013-06-23 08:21:47 PM

thisiszombocom: jdcgonzalez: Anyone got a feed?

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


I just started watching that feed. Is that CAM 4 a camera he is going to be *wearing* while he tries this? O.O
 
2013-06-23 08:21:56 PM

herdgirl72: Psycat: What would really suck is if he was halfway over the canyon and a woman sitting on an inverted biplane clipped him...

Tee hee! I lol'd on that comment!
/reserved seat with my hand basket ready


I'm getting my own private brimstone jacuzzi.  Seriously, I'll bet stunt people have a very morbid sense of humor...
 
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