'Flying Wallendas' Acrobat Crosses Grand Canyon
If you were too distracted by Mad Men to look over at the Grand Canyon this weekend, here's another crazy grand finale. (Sorry.)
Nik Wallenda, a 34-year-old, seventh-generation member of the "Flying Wallendas" family of acrobats, became the first person ever to cross the canyon on Sunday, making the walk without a safety net—or even a tether.
It took Wallenda 22 minutes and 54 seconds to walk 1,400 feet across the canyon, holding a 43-pound balancing pole all the way.
"My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe," he said, upon reaching the other side. Wallenda had cameras strapped to his body so that people all over the world could watch him crossing.
"It was a dream come true," Wallenda told reporters. "This is what my family has done for 200 years, so it's part of my legacy." He hopes to cross between New York's Chrysler Building and Empire State Building at some point in the future.
Well, that certainly puts my lazy Sunday to shame.