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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
    More: Asinine, Karl Wallenda, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, wind gust, tropical storm andrea  
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2013-06-23 08:47:26 PM  

Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.


I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.
 
2013-06-23 08:48:31 PM  

donnielove: Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.

I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.


That's what I had hoped too.
 
2013-06-23 08:48:46 PM  
Now they're talking about how they anchored in the cable that the dude is going to walk across. Yeah, I'll flip back in about an hour to see if the actual stunt has started.
 
2013-06-23 08:48:51 PM  

donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?


Yeah, I thought this was going to be a one hour thing.  Will tune back in in an hour.
 
2013-06-23 08:49:18 PM  
Wind is whipping right now, I tell you whut.
Does it go still at dusk there or sumptin?
 
2013-06-23 08:49:47 PM  

wxboy: So, anyone know the exact location this is going on at?


The United States.
 
2013-06-23 08:50:13 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Ok pls tell me Naked and Afraid is a fake show


They showed a chicks butt in the promo so...
 
2013-06-23 08:50:25 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Psycat: rhiannon: Psycat: Fuggin Bizzy: 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?

Explain that to me, and I'll explain the Kentucky Derby to you.

It really baffles me that people will devote a whole day when the main event lasts minutes or even seconds...

John Force wants to know what you mean by "a whole day"?

Who's John Force?  Is he a friend of Max Powers?

Famous funny car driver.  Has hot daughters who also race.


A-hah, good name for a funny car driver.  Max Power (not Powers) was an alternative personality of one Homer J. Simpson, whose "Whoo, hoo!" is often used by pathetic geeks.
 
2013-06-23 08:50:46 PM  

rhiannon: donnielove: Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.

I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.

That's what I had hoped too.


Nope. It was all about all the insane stuff he's done before, with a half dozen tributes to his great grandfather thrown in.
 
2013-06-23 08:52:02 PM  
I am guessing they are just stalling until the winds die down. What would be really funny is if the winds stay high enough that he doesn't try the walk at all.
 
2013-06-23 08:52:23 PM  

donnielove: Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.

I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.


Oh no - that was the pre-walk pre-show.  Now we're in the pre-walk show.  Then there will be the walk lead-in show.  Then another delay of some sort, I'm sure.

It's 1/4 mile, right?  So, I'm guessing it should take him 15-20 minutes, once he starts walking.  I'm going to make my lunch for tomorrow.  I'll bet he doesn't start until about 7:30 MDT or so.
 
2013-06-23 08:53:40 PM  

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: rhiannon: donnielove: Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.

I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.

That's what I had hoped too.

Nope. It was all about all the insane stuff he's done before, with a half dozen tributes to his great grandfather thrown in.


Sounds like what we already went through with the Falls broadcast.
 
2013-06-23 08:54:07 PM  
I am guessing they are just stalling until the winds die down. What would be really funny is if the winds stay high enough that he doesn't try the walk at all.

----

They will probably postpone it for a week. Possibly mid-week. I could see it being moved to the Mythbusters time zone this week, since there has been a tie-in, promotionally, with MB.
I am sure that Discovery executives and Nick have back-ups involve, sort of how if you have a yard sale or a 5k or whatever that you have a rain date set.
 
2013-06-23 08:54:38 PM  
Aaaaaand another commercial for the Navajo Nation.
 
2013-06-23 08:54:45 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: AliceBToklasLives: Ok pls tell me Naked and Afraid is a fake show

They showed a chicks butt in the promo so...


chick butt? all i've seen on basic cable is man ass, so that's improvement
 
2013-06-23 08:55:15 PM  

Zebulon: I am guessing they are just stalling until the winds die down. What would be really funny is if the winds stay high enough that he doesn't try the walk at all.





48 mph thermal. If he had been on the wire, he'd have splatted.
 
2013-06-23 08:56:04 PM  
Ok is this the feature where we hear how the Navajo are inspired by Nik and the Washington Redskins.

/nope - social media update
//I feel bad for social media "reporters"
///thought they would be Woodward and Bernstein - ended up repeating Bieber's tweets --- for farks sake will they start this thing
 
2013-06-23 08:56:09 PM  
Maybe they're delaying things just to make sure there aren't any badly-singed coyotes falling out of the sky...
 
2013-06-23 08:56:14 PM  

Psycat: Fuggin Bizzy: 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?

Explain that to me, and I'll explain the Kentucky Derby to you.

It really baffles me that people will devote a whole day when the main event lasts minutes or even seconds...


I'd say it is a sign of the times they started in.  There was much less to do.  Instead of spending their lives on the internet or watching tv, they went out and did things.
 
2013-06-23 08:56:25 PM  
JESUS FARK - Joel Osteen!  DRINK!  Twice!
 
2013-06-23 08:56:29 PM  
JOEL OSTEEN?  QUICK! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

Having that level of confluence of attention whore in one place is worse than dividing by zero.
 
2013-06-23 08:56:50 PM  
Reading tweets, Joel Osteen on the scene...could this GET more exciting?
 
2013-06-23 08:56:50 PM  
Joel Osteen is in the house!!!
 
2013-06-23 08:56:56 PM  
Joel Osteen? Really?
 
2013-06-23 08:57:32 PM  

Zebulon: I am guessing they are just stalling until the winds die down. What would be really funny is if the winds stay high enough that he doesn't try the walk at all.


This must be your first time watching one of these live event daredevil shows. It's 95% talk and 5% action each and every time.
 
2013-06-23 08:57:44 PM  
Yea the Navajos are behind the scenes butchering sheep!
 
kth
2013-06-23 09:00:04 PM  

FC Exile: Yea the Navajos are behind the scenes butchering sheep!


I would be much more likely to watch the Miss America pageant if they had to butcher sheep, like such as.
 
2013-06-23 09:00:07 PM  
Wow Miss Navajo is a ..........well, umm, what do the sheep look like?
 
2013-06-23 09:00:12 PM  

try fect taa daa: Joel Osteen is in the house!!!


He's there to convert the Navajo.
 
2013-06-23 09:00:59 PM  
yaaawn...think i'll go take a space jump brb
 
2013-06-23 09:01:30 PM  
Looks like I will have to choose between this and Breaking Amish
 
2013-06-23 09:03:49 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Zebulon: I am guessing they are just stalling until the winds die down. What would be really funny is if the winds stay high enough that he doesn't try the walk at all.

This must be your first time watching one of these live event daredevil shows. It's 95% talk and 5% action each and every time.


Ok, I figured it out now, I was getting my time zones confused. I thought the show was only scheduled to last another 20 minutes. He has an *hour* and 20 minutes before he is over his time slot. My bad.
 
2013-06-23 09:03:57 PM  
Whats with all these Mexicans they keep showing? Are they trying to sell me landscaping service
 
2013-06-23 09:04:06 PM  
Thread TL;DR, but has anyone mentioned yet that this  isn't the true Grand Canyon he's walking over???

The spot he's walking over is over the Little Colorado River, which, by definition, is not part of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.  It's actually a 12 mile drive southeast from the eastern edge of the National Park entrance, within Navajo lands.  You couldn't do a walk across the *actual* Grand Canyon, as its width is usually measured in miles.  So while it's still relatively impressive to walk a tightrope a thousand feet up, it is not what they've been advertising this as.

\drove past this spot on vacation last month, actually
 
2013-06-23 09:04:33 PM  
Why is there a paramedic on the canyon floor?
 
2013-06-23 09:04:53 PM  
1400 feet is not longer than 4 football fields.  Football fields are 120 yards long.  4 football fields would be 1440 feet.
 
2013-06-23 09:05:44 PM  

Zebulon: Ok, I figured it out now, I was getting my time zones confused. I thought the show was only scheduled to last another 20 minutes. He has an *hour* and 20 minutes before he is over his time slot. My bad.


Yeah, they're really milking this one.
 
2013-06-23 09:05:58 PM  

donnielove: Ricardo Klement: donnielove: This is scheduled to go until 10:30?

I'm sure the first hour is all talking about how beautiful the Grand Canyon is and how insane this stunt is.

I assumed they had covered that in the 2 hour pre-show I ignored.


There was a 2-hour pre-show?

Jesus - game 7 of the NBA Finals almost got less attention.
 
2013-06-23 09:06:48 PM  
I wish the guy luck. He's got balls the size of the moon.
 
2013-06-23 09:07:06 PM  
Is he going to do this at night with a flashlight or what?
 
2013-06-23 09:07:30 PM  

FriarReb98: Thread TL;DR, but has anyone mentioned yet that this  isn't the true Grand Canyon he's walking over???

The spot he's walking over is over the Little Colorado River, which, by definition, is not part of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.  It's actually a 12 mile drive southeast from the eastern edge of the National Park entrance, within Navajo lands.  You couldn't do a walk across the *actual* Grand Canyon, as its width is usually measured in miles.  So while it's still relatively impressive to walk a tightrope a thousand feet up, it is not what they've been advertising this as.

\drove past this spot on vacation last month, actually


http://maps.google.com/?ll=35.96138,-111.64675&z=13&t=h apparently.
 
2013-06-23 09:07:34 PM  
Wait, he's not even at the starting point?  He has to take a helicopter to get there?  This is never going to actually happen, is it?
 
2013-06-23 09:07:58 PM  

FriarReb98: Thread TL;DR, but has anyone mentioned yet


Sorry, got bored and stopped reading.
 
2013-06-23 09:08:20 PM  
Jack Hanna also there for some reason.
 
2013-06-23 09:09:02 PM  

donnielove: Wait, he's not even at the starting point?  He has to take a helicopter to get there?  This is never going to actually happen, is it?


he already fell.  this is all pre-recorded BS until they can come up with a plausible excuse
 
2013-06-23 09:09:14 PM  

Psycat: Igor Jakovsky: Psycat: rhiannon: Psycat: Fuggin Bizzy: 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?

Explain that to me, and I'll explain the Kentucky Derby to you.

It really baffles me that people will devote a whole day when the main event lasts minutes or even seconds...

John Force wants to know what you mean by "a whole day"?

Who's John Force?  Is he a friend of Max Powers?

Famous funny car driver.  Has hot daughters who also race.

A-hah, good name for a funny car driver.  Max Power (not Powers) was an alternative personality of one Homer J. Simpson, whose "Whoo, hoo!" is often used by pathetic geeks.


Oh Im well aware of Mr. Simpson

Max Power, that's the man who's name you'd love to touch,
but you musn't touch!
That name sounds good in your ear, but when you say it,
you musn't fear.
'Cause that name could be said by anyone!
 
2013-06-23 09:09:20 PM  
JACK HANNA!

lookin rather leathery
 
2013-06-23 09:10:14 PM  

wxboy: http://maps.google.com/?ll=35.96138,-111.64675&z=13&t=h apparently.


Yup.  Zooming out to see what the real Grand Canyon looks like (to the northwest of there) kinda puts this in perspective.  Still impressive, but totally BS.
 
2013-06-23 09:10:34 PM  

Flashlight: Looks like I will have to choose between this and Breaking Amish


You could watch Whodunnit.
 
2013-06-23 09:11:13 PM  
He better not do it.  There are scorpions and snakes down there.
 
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