BBBH and I were each enjoying a bowl of frosted mini-shredded wheat when nostalgic flashback overcame me. I said, "Do you remember when Nabisco made Shredded Wheat and packed the
biscuits in layers in the box?
There were coloring cards* separating the layers." Yes, she remembered that. Then in my mind's eye, I envisioned the photo of Niagara Falls which graced the ends of the box.
One thing led to another, and I started to think about the ninnies, idiots, and daredevils who attempted or accomplished various stunts involving this natural wonder. Over the years I had heard of a number of attempts to go over the falls and I wondered who was the first to accomplish the feat.
Of course with an entire library at my finger-tips, so to speak, it was a simple task to discover that one Annie Edson Taylor was the first. She designed her own barrel, padded it with a mattress and took with her a pillow when she was launched from a rowboat on her sixty-third birthday, October 24, 1901.
Ms. Taylor was nobody's fool. She was a well-educated, well-traveled woman. She had lived well, but now a widow, she felt she needed to find a way to enhance her finances. Long tale from this point until her death twenty years later, but in the end she died with virtually no resources.
Annie Edson Taylor 1838 - 1921 RIP
Image of Mrs. Taylor: Wikipedia
Daredevils of Niagara Falls
*Some of you may remember the "Injun-uity Manual" series.