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Daredevil
    (October 24, 1855-April 29, 1921)
    'Niagara Falls Plunge (October 24, 1901)' and 'Heroine of Horseshoe Falls'
    Niagara Falls, New York Daredevil
    Featured in an IMAX movie
    Risked her life for attention and money.
    She saw her stunt as a moneymaker.
    While other grandmothers were out baking cookies, she was riding a barrel.
    She lied about her age when she went over the Falls, saying she was forty-two.
    She felt the need to hire a manager prior to her stunt as she felt she'd soon be rich.
    She was poor when she arrived at Niagara Falls and penniless upon death since her moneymaking scheme failed.
    She was featured on 'Ripley's Believe It or Not.'
    There are conflicting facts in some of her biographies.
    Supposedly her fame was halted 'once the public discovered a short, plump woman inside the barrel.'
    She was the first person and the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (and survive). Her only injury was being dazed.
    She was sixty-three at the time of her stunt.
    She designed her own barrel.
    She worked twenty years as a Niagara Falls street vendor.
    She advised others not to do it when she emerged from her barrel.
    She reached her goal of fame even though her goal to riches failed.
    She was once a Bay City, Michigan school teacher.

Credit: Skunk Butt


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