In 1986 Cleveland set the world record for most balloons released simultaneously. The releasing of over 1.5 million balloons had a horrific impact on the surrounding area. As Blood, Sweat, and Tears sing in their 1969 hit Spinning Wheel, “What goes up, must come down.” To all current and future record setters, this reminds us of one of our principles, “Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t hurt others. Don’t hurt the planet.”
Regardless, these images are absolutely stunning and slightly horrific.
We dug up some great old photos featuring some of the greatest tightrope walkers in history. We would have loved to recognize these folks on RecordSetter!
Maria Spelterini…Tightrope Walking Hero
In 1876 Spelterini became the only woman to cross the Niagara gorge on a tightrope. But that’s not all, folks. She also crossed while wearing peach baskets on her feet. And that wasn’t enough, so she did it again blindfolded and again with her ankles and wrists manacled.
Blondin crossed the Niagara Falls gorge in 1859 many times, with each trek heightening the standard of male fortitude. He crossed blindfolded, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, and carrying his manager on his back. And of course, because you get hungry walking all that tightrope, he once sat down midway while he cooked and ate an omelet while standing on a chair with only one chair leg on the rope.