In today's edition of "You Couldn't Pay Me To Do That," seventh-generation daredevil Nik Wallenda tightrope-walked between two Chicago skyscrapers Sunday. He completed the stunt at a dizzying 600 feet in the air, and he was blindfolded for parts of it. Nope. The walk which, by the way, was completely untethered, was broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Wallenda wore a microphone the entire way to communicate with viewers and what I assume must have been the tensest safety crew on the planet.
The 35-year-old, who is most famously known for being the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, split the walk into two parts. The first began from the Marina City's West Tower at 588 feet. He crossed over the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett Building in under seven minutes. He then returned to the West Tower and crossed to the East Tower, blindfolded, in under two minutes. His demeanor during the entire stunt was pleasant as he talked to cheering fans via his microphone.
I love Chicago, and Chicago definitely loves me. What an amazing roar.
The thought alone makes me want to throw up in my hands and cry, but I'm glad he managed to have a good time.
Wallenda might be a pro, but he's not alone when it comes to testing fate for funsies. Here are some other death-defying stunts that reinforce your fear of heights.
Golden Eye Bungee Jump
If you're a Bond fan, you might remember this scene from Golden Eye. Turns out, someone really had to do it. British stuntman Wayne Michaels jumped from this 721-foot Swiss dam, and you can too, apparently.
Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Free Fall
After this guy travelled 128,100 feet high in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record-breaking jump, free-falling to the Earth's surface FROM SPACE. SPACE.
Jackie Chan's Entire Career
Jackie Chan is famous for doing all his own stunts in his hi-octane kung fu movies. Needless to say, he deserves his own section.
Ben Marr and Rory Bushfield's Waterfall Jump
White water kayaker Ben Marr and skier Rory Bushfield jumped and kayaked respectively down a 75-foot waterfall in Canada, because why the hell not.
Chuck Aaron Flies A Helicopter Upside-Down, Natch
World class helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron took Red Bull's acrobatic helicopter for a spin, pun intended.
I think I'm gonna be sick...