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Challenging Niagara

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Retired schoolteacher Annie Taylor started off this daredevil madness when she became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The date was 24 October 1901 – her 63rd birthday. Annie lived to tell the tale of her 170-foot tumble. Many of the people who followed her weren’t so lucky.

From steel casings to tyre inner tubes and custom-made ‘rubber balls’, it’s remarkable how many methods these thrillseekers have dreamed up to prevent their barrel becoming a cylindrical coffin. 


Documentary exploring why people are attracted to the extreme challenge of leaping into Niagara Falls in a barrel - an activity that dates back to the 19th century. Some of the individuals who have attempted the feat, discuss the experience.


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