Even daredevils need to watch where they step. In 1911, Bobby Leach became the second person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He had been a circus performer earlier in life, and was said to have narrowly missed death on numerous occasions. So he was no stranger to extreme stunts when he decided to descend the Falls in a large steel barrel. During the plunge Bobby broke both kneecaps and his jaw, and spent six months in the hospital recovering. But he received major publicity after his stunt, and toured the world for years after with his dented steel barrel (click below to see a photo). Ironically, it was a much more mundane obstacle that caused Leach’s death. He slipped on an orange peel in 1926, breaking his leg (supposedly still weak from his Niagara experience). It soon became infected with gangrene and needed to be amputated. After the amputation, his health took a turn for the worse and he died soon after. I guess once you’ve survived Niagara Falls in a barrel, you’ve used up most of your luck. –Justin Kitsch, Curious.com

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a daredevil whose luck runs out.

Journaling Prompt: What do you think about daredevils? Are they show offs or incredibly brave? Do they have a death wish? What do you think you can learn from daredevils?

Art Prompt: Daredevil

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a famous daredevil and tell them what they can learn about leading a more full life from the story.

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