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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
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2013-06-23 10:15:34 PM
Did he die?  We were too obsessed with Bob the Builder to turn channels.

http://www.bobthebuilder.com/usa/index.asp?origref">http://www.bobth ebuilder.com/usa/index.asp?origref=
 
2013-06-23 10:16:44 PM

robsul82: The French guy who walked between the Towers?  Hardcore.  And no Jesus talk.

/that we know of


And he did it back and forth a few times, and lied down in the middle.

Man on Wire.  It's a good documentary if you're into it.
 
2013-06-23 10:16:59 PM
Also unavailable for comment

http://youtu.be/kw8EICIae8U
 
2013-06-23 10:17:02 PM
Heh, he just completely blew off Osteen.
 
2013-06-23 10:17:52 PM

CowboyUpCowgirlDown: Did he die?  We were too obsessed with Bob the Builder to turn channels.

http://www.bobthebuilder.com/usa/index.asp?origref">http://www.bobth ebuilder.com/usa/index.asp?origref=


Unfortunately, no.  He praised and thanked Jebus for 22 minutes straight, then attributed it all to his training and adrenaline.
 
2013-06-23 10:18:03 PM

wxboy: Heh, he just completely blew off Osteen.


Three's a face custom made for punching.
 
2013-06-23 10:18:41 PM

AliceBToklasLives: ecmoRandomNumbers: He didn't cross the FARKING GRAND CANYON!

Stop saying it. Just stop.

What did he cross? Seriously, I'm curious what's the place called.


Little Colorado River Gorge.
 
2013-06-23 10:19:41 PM

tripleseven: wxboy: Heh, he just completely blew off Osteen.

Three's a face custom made for punching.


There's

FTFM
 
2013-06-23 10:20:45 PM
OMG, is that Jack Hanna in the background?
 
2013-06-23 10:21:29 PM

wxboy: Heh, he just completely blew off Osteen.


Did he?  Oh good.  But he'll be right there on his next stupid stunt, praying with Nik and reveling in every praise Jesus.
 
2013-06-23 10:23:20 PM
Isn't the Wallenda family Polish?  Then that would make him a Pole with a pole.

/I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole
//knew a ten-foot Pole
///name was Stanislav Gryczszewski
////tallest dude in Łódź
//pronounced "wooge"
 
2013-06-23 10:25:43 PM
If that was a Tesla wire, he'd hafta walk back.
 
2013-06-23 10:28:24 PM
OK so they are naked and afraid except for the blurs on the naughty bits.
 
2013-06-23 10:29:16 PM
That guy is farking nuts!
 
2013-06-23 10:31:43 PM
 
Fiction Fan: Naked and Afraid sounds like the worst dating show ever.
--
As a nudist, I don't have a problem with the naked human body, regardless of age.
However, I do have a problem with nudity being exploited to dramatize a show like that.

Now let's see nick walk the wire again "naked and afraid."
He had one of those down, at least.


I'm a nudist myself--I almost never wear clothes when I'm home alone.  What sucks about nudist clubs is that they're mostly full of fat guys who look like Santa Claus and after the novelty wears off in about 3 minutes, you just spend the evening talking about sports...


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Well, that's mostly because women don't tend to enjoy or like being ogled by perverted guys who think nudism is all about sex. Then you put in the media's pressure on body image, with so many make up commercials and 18-year-old models for everything, it doesn't make it much easier.

AS for the "novelty wearing off," well, I call myself a nudist because I am comfortable without clothes. I feel as if the stress of the world, all my stress from family, work, non-work, school, daily routines.....when I am naked, a lot of that is gone. I don't have fabric brushing against my skin, my skin can breathe easier and I can too. Nudists also face the world with a view that it does not matter what you look like, but who you are, and I originally became interested in that idea. Of being able to hang around with people who aren't going to give a damn about what I do for work or how fat or thin or bald or endowed or not endowed I am. They're going to treat me like a person and as long as I give them the same respect that they give me, we're just going to enjoy the natural state humans are meant to be in each day.

I wear clothes, and I have modesty, and I support "textiles." But when I am in my own home and have the option to go nude, I do it.

Getting back on to the subject, I haven't seen a good naked skydiving video in awhile.
Too bad I'll never see a naked tightrope walking video.

/goes to YouTube
//Even though it's Google, YouTube still has all
 
2013-06-23 10:33:22 PM
 
If that was a Tesla wire, he'd hafta walk back.

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I'd like to see him try walking a Mobius strip.  Backwards.
 
2013-06-23 10:37:28 PM

rhiannon: Oh you only watched for two minutes. Well then, by all means continue with your whining.


I  wasn't whining. I was stating a simple fact. Not once during the period I watched was there a camera that was either steady, or not panning at ridiculous pace to provide a false, heightened sense of danger.

/and I've seen similar shows before from start to finish; it's a common tactic
 
2013-06-23 10:38:08 PM

Zebulon: 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.


You understand that's a FAMILY legacy, right? Generations and generations of Wallendas known for one thing. That doesn't make him an "attention whore". Attention whores aren't people who put on stunts for legitimate reasons.
 
2013-06-23 10:40:07 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 spent a lot of time at the Canyon. Worked at the North Rim for an entire summer. The thermals aren't any more spectacular than he would already have encountered walking the tightrope between high rises.
 
2013-06-23 10:42:56 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: 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.


NOthing that is portrayed as the Canyon is really the Canyon, unless it is something simple like the visit to El Tovar in 'Vacation'. No stunts, no crashes, no driving along the rim. It's all outside of the park, and in side canyons. You can't do these things there specifically because it's a National Park, and it annoys the fark out of me that the keep calling it the Grand Canyon.
 
2013-06-23 10:46:08 PM

gweilo8888: rhiannon: Oh you only watched for two minutes. Well then, by all means continue with your whining.

I  wasn't whining. I was stating a simple fact. Not once during the period I watched was there a camera that was either steady, or not panning at ridiculous pace to provide a false, heightened sense of danger.

/and I've seen similar shows before from start to finish; it's a common tactic


No idea, I was only talking about the downward cam you were talking about. I never noticed all that stuff you mentioned for the 22 or so minutes or so it was on, though it certainly may have been bit shaky in some parts. I can also understand why it might have been.
 
2013-06-23 10:47:32 PM
He sounded like Eddie Murphy's Aunt Bunny falling down the stairs.
 
2013-06-23 10:48:36 PM

CheetahOlivetti: He sounded like Eddie Murphy's Aunt Bunny falling down the stairs.


Mah SHOO!!
 
2013-06-23 10:52:22 PM
Wallenda, the self-described "King of the High Wire," walked 1,400 feet across the crimson-hued canyon with just the distant ribbon of the Little Colorado River beneath him. The event was broadcast live around the world.

Well then it's the Little Colorado River Gorge, definitely not the Canyon. At all. This should be considered fraud.

Look, here's a story that got it right:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/23/man-completes-tightrope-w al k-near-grand-canyon/
 
2013-06-23 10:55:44 PM

gweilo8888: rhiannon: Oh you only watched for two minutes. Well then, by all means continue with your whining.

I  wasn't whining. I was stating a simple fact. Not once during the period I watched was there a camera that was either steady, or not panning at ridiculous pace to provide a false, heightened sense of danger.

/and I've seen similar shows before from start to finish; it's a common tactic


Yep, 40 minutes of tense music, prep work, interviews about the danger, etc. And then when the actual stunt comes around, they insist on so many jump cuts and using so many cameras that it isn't even worth the 2 minutes of actual stunt. It's why I don't watch this shiat anymore.
 
2013-06-23 11:17:15 PM
Was farking intense to watch, but I had to explain to my 4 year old what he was talking about over & over with the "oh father, oh lord, oh Jesus" thing...
 
2013-06-23 11:17:44 PM
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2013-06-24 12:23:08 AM

guytoronto: I'm not sure he truly understands the gravity of the situation.


on the contrary, gravity is foremost on his mind!
 
2013-06-24 12:41:01 AM

Mikey1969: Wallenda, the self-described "King of the High Wire," walked 1,400 feet across the crimson-hued canyon with just the distant ribbon of the Little Colorado River beneath him. The event was broadcast live around the world.

Well then it's the Little Colorado River Gorge, definitely not the Canyon. At all. This should be considered fraud.

Look, here's a story that got it right:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/23/man-completes-tightrope-w al k-near-grand-canyon/


Ummm talk about splitting hairs.  He did cross a part of the grand canyon, it was just a part that is not in the National Park.  If you ever go there you will see it is absolutely part of the grand canyon.  Anyone standing on the bridge that says they are not in the grand canyon is being incredibly obtuse.
 
2013-06-24 01:12:16 AM
Sorry. There is a thread. I need some miracle spring water to sprinkle on my junk in hopes of obtaining a super natural wealth transfer.

www.usmagazine.com
 
2013-06-24 01:30:16 AM

pxsteel: Mikey1969: Wallenda, the self-described "King of the High Wire," walked 1,400 feet across the crimson-hued canyon with just the distant ribbon of the Little Colorado River beneath him. The event was broadcast live around the world.

Well then it's the Little Colorado River Gorge, definitely not the Canyon. At all. This should be considered fraud.

Look, here's a story that got it right:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jun/23/man-completes-tightrope-w al k-near-grand-canyon/

Ummm talk about splitting hairs.  He did cross a part of the grand canyon, it was just a part that is not in the National Park.  If you ever go there you will see it is absolutely part of the grand canyon.  Anyone standing on the bridge that says they are not in the grand canyon is being incredibly obtuse.


No, it's not splitting hairs. He was in the Little Colorado River Gorge. It's a quarter of a mile across, while the Canyon is 17 miles across. It's also 1500 feet deep, while the Canyon is a mile. Little Colorado joins the Colorado, and eventually becomes the Canyon, but not at Cameron, which is about 55 miles away from the Canyon. The only bridge is right there at Cameron, and if you've convinced yourself that that dried up little natural gutter is the Canyon, you've truly got a problem with perspective. It's a beautiful place, but it's not one of the druids you're looking for.

Now if by 'bridge' you mean Navajo Bridge, you're still way off. You've finally found the right river, but it still isn't the Grand Canyon. It's Marble Canyon at that point, and it's where Lee's Ferry is. This is the place where people put in for their river trips, but it's an even smaller place, about 800 feet from rim to rim, and 450 feet high. Doesn't matter though, because they've confirmed that he was in fact at the Little Colorado, and was near Cameron. This is as much the Grand Canyon as New Jersey is New York.

I've spent lots of time up there, driven all over made the trip from the South, the North and the East, and nobody's being obtuse when they point out that this wasn't the Canyon. The thing that sold it for me that you have no idea what you're talking about was the bridge thing. There is not a single bridge over the Canyon, it's too big. It's 17 miles across, and a 212 mile trip. It takes 4 or 5 hours, but the 2 bridges you cross are the ones I mentioned here.

Sorry to rain on your parade buddy.
 
2013-06-24 02:35:49 AM

Mikey1969: gweilo8888: rhiannon: Oh you only watched for two minutes. Well then, by all means continue with your whining.

I  wasn't whining. I was stating a simple fact. Not once during the period I watched was there a camera that was either steady, or not panning at ridiculous pace to provide a false, heightened sense of danger.

/and I've seen similar shows before from start to finish; it's a common tactic

Yep, 40 minutes of tense music, prep work, interviews about the danger, etc. And then when the actual stunt comes around, they insist on so many jump cuts and using so many cameras that it isn't even worth the 2 minutes of actual stunt. It's why I don't watch this shiat anymore.


Oh, if it had *only* been 40 minutes. Try an hour and 40 minutes. As for the jump cuts (and all the Lord Jesus stuff everyone was writing about), you should have watched it on the skywire.discovery.com thing, because A) you could pick your camera angle and B) you couldn't hear him talk. If people hadn't been chatting about it here, I would have thought he was totally silent the whole way across.
 
2013-06-24 06:55:07 AM

Zebulon: Mikey1969: gweilo8888: rhiannon: Oh you only watched for two minutes. Well then, by all means continue with your whining.

I  wasn't whining. I was stating a simple fact. Not once during the period I watched was there a camera that was either steady, or not panning at ridiculous pace to provide a false, heightened sense of danger.

/and I've seen similar shows before from start to finish; it's a common tactic

Yep, 40 minutes of tense music, prep work, interviews about the danger, etc. And then when the actual stunt comes around, they insist on so many jump cuts and using so many cameras that it isn't even worth the 2 minutes of actual stunt. It's why I don't watch this shiat anymore.

Oh, if it had *only* been 40 minutes. Try an hour and 40 minutes. As for the jump cuts (and all the Lord Jesus stuff everyone was writing about), you should have watched it on the skywire.discovery.com thing, because A) you could pick your camera angle and B) you couldn't hear him talk. If people hadn't been chatting about it here, I would have thought he was totally silent the whole way across.


it was also over 20 minutes of stunt , not 2 minutes
 
2013-06-24 07:21:23 AM
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woo i'm gonna make it.  i'm king of the AAAAAAAAAAARGH
 
2013-06-24 07:40:32 AM

skinink: After this, if he wants to walk across the second biggest hole in the world, he should contact my ex-wife.


img.fark.net
 
2013-06-24 08:02:48 AM
Well I ride motorcycles, handle venomous reptiles, and used to rock climb when I was younger and in better shape, I cant call someone out for doing dangerous shiat without being a hypocrit.
 
2013-06-24 08:41:03 AM

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?


You should ask yourself this question every single day of your life.
 
2013-06-24 10:23:44 AM
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2013-06-24 10:53:47 AM
I don't know. If I'm going to risk my life, it had better be for something that would actually make a difference in the world.
 
2013-06-24 11:49:11 AM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: JOEL OSTEEN?  QUICK! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

Having that level of confluence of attention whore in one place is worse than dividing by zero.


How is Timmah Tebow not involved in this?... maybe add in the Duggars... Mitt Rmoney and Paul Ryan... it could become AWhoreageddon!

where are the tebow like pics of the starving African children... walenda walks across canyon... no sammich for me.

i.qkme.me
 
2013-06-24 12:57:28 PM

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

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


I'm seeing this other places too.  I guess the woman butt is "OK" to use in mainstream US media now.

I, for one, don't have a problem with this.
 
2013-06-24 04:49:18 PM

robsul82: The King of Kings?

Clearly this Jesus jobber doesn't know his place in THIS BUSINESS-AH.

/and how dare he wear jeans at Newark Airport the Grand Canyon!


WAAAAY farking late to the party here, but since I am a lurker in those threads the day after (never catch it live somehow), I seriously laughed and thought the EXACT same thing when he said that last night!!!
 
2013-06-24 08:51:09 PM

Zebulon: Oh, if it had *only* been 40 minutes. Try an hour and 40 minutes. As for the jump cuts (and all the Lord Jesus stuff everyone was writing about), you should have watched it on the skywire.discovery.com thing, because A) you could pick your camera angle and B) you couldn't hear him talk. If people hadn't been chatting about it here, I would have thought he was totally silent the whole way across.


Wow, these shows are usually in an hour time slot, so with the usual amount of shiatty commercials, you get 40 minutes of staring at the place for the stunt, followed by 2 minutes of the stunt actually happened. I can't believe they made a 2 hour production out of this one and people actually took the bait.
 
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