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1901 - Woman Survives Barrel Plunge Over Niagara Falls
63-year-old woman first to ride over falls in a barrel and live to tell the tale (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 362)
Oct 24, 2016 History
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On this day, October 24, 1901, the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel took the historic plunge and lived to tell about it. Her name was Annie Edson Taylor, an American school teacher born October 24, 1838. It seems that she decided to choose this day for her dangerous stunt because it was her birthday.

In fact, Taylor lived to tell her story with nothing worse than a few cuts and bruises to her head. Some say that the 63 year old from Texas might have been better off had she not survived her silly stunt. What she really wanted was to become rich and famous, but she never made much money from the event. In fact she ended up living in poverty.

Taylor used a specially made barrel for her trip, built from oak with iron bands. She put a mattress inside for padding, as extra protection. On her 63rd birthday, the barrel was dropped off from a small boat up river, and Taylor climbed in. She took along her "lucky" heart-shaped pillow.

The river currents carried the barrel over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and her assistants found her barrel shortly after she went over the edge. Taylor was lucky to be alive and mostly uninjured. The whole event took less than 20 minutes.

Up until now, 16 people have tried to do what Taylor first did back in 1901, all trying the stunt at the same Horeseshoe Falls. However not everyone who goes over the waterfall expects to survive. A shocking 5,000 people have died going over Niagara Falls. Local police say that between 20 and 40 people commit suicide there every year. One quarter of the expert stunters who have taken up the challenge have not survived. Recently one man who tried to do it with a jet ski and a parachute, died when his parachute didn't open.

Annie Taylor passed away on April 29, 1921, aged 82, at the Niagara County hospital and she was buried in the "Stunters Section" of the Niagara Falls cemetery, near New York. Her death is said have been caused after she slipped on an orange peel!

What was the main reason that Annie Taylor went over the Niagara Falls in the first place?
She wanted to be famous
She wanted to make money
She did it for a bet
She wanted to be the first
What percentage of daredevils make it over the falls alive?
75%
25%
50%
100%
In English, the word "ironic" means something strange or funny because a situation is different from what you would expect. What is "ironic" about Annie Taylor's death?
She died in Canada instead of her home state of New York
She was buried near the place where she went over the falls
She died from complications after slipping on an orange peel
She died after making no money from her plunge over the falls
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help


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a person or thing that helps


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officially not allow


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bar-rel

a large wooden container with metal hoops around it


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brui-ses

an injury causing discolored skin


n.瘀伤/青肿

bu-ried  

put under the earth 


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ce-me-tery

place where the dead are buried


n.公墓

chal-lenge

a call to take part in a contest


n.挑战

com-mit

to carry our something wrong


v.承诺

cur-rent

right now / a flow of water in the ocean


adj,n.当前/潮流

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right now / flow of water in the ocean


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dan-ger

something likely to cause harm or injury


n.危险

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likely to cause harm or injury, not safe


adj.危险

fa-mous  

well known


adj.著名

his-to-ric

famous or important in history


adj.历史性

hos-pi-tal

a place to care for sick or hurt people


n.医院

in-jured

hurt, harmed, damaged


adj.受伤

lice

small, wingless, parasitic insects that live on the skin of mammals and birds


n.虱子

pa-ra-chute

a big fabric kite that a person can fill with air to slow their fall to the ground


n.降落伞

plunge

the act of jumping or diving into water


n.跳进

po-ver-ty

being very poor


n.贫穷

pro-tect

keep safe from harm


v.保护

pro-tec-tion

something that keeps you safe


n.保护

re-cent

not long ago


adj.最近    

re-cent-ly

not long ago


adv.最近

sec-tion

a part or piece of something


n.部分

spe-cial

better or greater than usual


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stunt

a dangerous action


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the act of causing one's own death


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live, especially after illness or injury


生存

un-in-jured

not hurt or damaged


adj.未受伤