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Wallenda plans New York county fair tightrope walk



HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) -- Nik Wallenda is planning to take his high-wire act to a county fair in western New York where he performed with his family when he was 13.

The daredevil visited the site of the Erie County Fair near Buffalo on Thursday to announce his plans.

He says the Aug. 14 tightrope walk will be his longest so far this year - 1,400 feet or almost double the length of his usual tightrope walks. He says he will be 125 feet in the air, on a wire measuring 5/8 of an inch in diameter - about the size of a nickel.

Wallenda has walked across the Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon. He's part of a family of acrobats that has been thrilling audiences for decades as The Flying Wallendas.

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niteone42 May 08 2014 at 10:22 PM

How many times can he defy death? He's pushing his luck!!

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kkwc1945 May 09 2014 at 12:13 PM

One of these days his death wish will come true and the only thing his family will have are his feats, how selfish and sad.

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WESLEY May 09 2014 at 2:15 AM

Wallenda has a death wish, It has not caught up to him yet. If you play with fire you will get burnt sooner or later.

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captianjg May 09 2014 at 2:32 AM

WOW, WHAT AN ENDEVOUR,BUT THAT WIRE WALK IS JUST A WARM UP.HIS NEXT FEAT IS TO WALK 8 MILE ROAD BETWEEN GREENFIELD AND LIVERNOIS AT 2.30 AM WITHOUT BODYGUARDS OR A BULLETPROOF VEST.IF HE SURVIVES THIS HE IS TRUELY INVINCEABLE.

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page114 May 09 2014 at 2:30 PM

I hope he doesn't have "Vertigo".......lol

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alfredschrader May 09 2014 at 6:17 AM

Also on this page is a Huffpost article about the Ryan family who don't have enough money left over after they pay their electric, cable, and heating bill - so they go to a food pantry or eat pasta and bread all month.
Why do they have cable tv ? Most cable plans startt at $99 a month - too much if you are living on pasta. They make too much to qualify for food stamps.
Here's a solution - install a rabbit ears antenna and switch to digital broadcast tv - it's free. Then use the $99 to buy more food.
It's amazing how many people plan their food budget but have absolutely no food training. Taking a culinary course or getting some experience in the prep department of a restaurant is a must - restaurants pay you and teach you for free.
You'll learn the tricks. Once you know the tricks preparing meals is easy and inexpensive.

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mensaction alfredschrader May 09 2014 at 7:01 AM

That's because women have been yanked out of the home and removed from generations of knowledge on how to nurture the race, feeding being part of it. Healing is another part of it.
They are liberated and ignorant and depend on the government for survival.
The men are put in jail.
Elder George

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dennismlns alfredschrader May 09 2014 at 8:38 AM

Our government outlawed "Analog Television" (backed by the cable companies) rabbit ears are as usefull as **** on a bore. and "Digital TV" REQUITES A CABLE!!!
Are people really THAT stupid???

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Wazzzup? dennismlns May 09 2014 at 8:45 AM

Apparently you have not heard of CONVERTOR BOX....you don't need cable.

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Lenny May 09 2014 at 7:46 AM

He will push it till he falls.

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elnpet Lenny May 09 2014 at 9:30 AM

Absolutely. just another nut who has been lucky so far but his luck is about to run out. hope his wife has a lot of insurance.

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danyelle69marks Lenny May 09 2014 at 12:35 PM

no one was put here to stay forever. not even those of us who "safely" go through life.

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Steve-a-rino May 09 2014 at 8:15 AM

I don't get the "stunt" mentality. It's pointless, meaningless and has no impact on anything that matters. Surviving recklessness doesn't mean a thing. Be a doctor, fireman or cop, military, a nurse . . . something where the focus is on other people, not yourself.

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abigail.beau.tiful Steve-a-rino May 09 2014 at 8:33 AM

He is showing that anything is possible with God, I met him back in January when he walked across the Georgia dome. He says he puts all his faith him the Lord. His goal is to insprire and push others to chase their dreams.

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ggblank1603 abigail.beau.tiful May 09 2014 at 10:36 AM

So god killed his relatives????

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elnpet abigail.beau.tiful May 09 2014 at 3:03 PM

I don,t think any one else shares his dream, which is death.

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atx888 May 09 2014 at 8:26 AM

Try doing it without the balancing pole.

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nam2205 atx888 May 09 2014 at 9:07 AM

LOL, the spectators are not watching for him to make it. They are watching to see him fall.

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elnpet nam2205 May 09 2014 at 3:01 PM

Right. Does this fool know that ? they are not waiting for sucess. They are waiting for OOhhh .

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CAROL WALLDAU May 09 2014 at 1:10 PM

Nik: I know that you are a very religious man and you trust in the Lord, as I do. I know that Pastor Joel Osteen, your personal friend, was there with you and your family when you walked over the Falls. Jesus was right there with you, Nik, and I know that He will be there with you again. The Lord knows what you love doing. Your faith in Him is strong; God hasn't given you the spirit of fear, but love and a powerful trainquel, disiplined mind. May God be with you and your wonderful family. Carol Walldau, Grass Valley, California

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