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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bobby Leach

Bobby Leach was the second person, and first man, to survive the ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel, a feat he performed on July 25, 1911. He sustained a fractured jaw and two broken knee caps in the process, but went on to recount his adventure at various shows and lecture halls, displaying the barrel for all to see. Ironically, he died in 1926 following a leg amputation that was required after he slipped on an orange peel.

From Atomic Antiques via Sloth Unleashed