It is no secret that people have done insane stunts in the pursuit of fame and wealth. 63-year-old Annie Edson Taylor conceived of such a stunt in 1901 when she decided to plunge down Niagara Falls in a barrel.
She wasn’t the first to come up with such an idea as only months earlier a woman had died in a similar attempt when her dog plugged her air hole and she suffocated. Nevertheless, Taylor took the plunge secured in a cushioned barrel. She emerged a little battered, but otherwise intact. Despite her wild achievement, she never received the wealth she had hoped for and died in poverty.
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