The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was Anna Edson Taylor in 1901.
She plunged 186 feet over the Horseshoe Falls, where 500,000 tons of water thunder down each minute. She was housed in a barrel that was 41/2 feet high and 3 feet in diameter and was filled with cushions.After being taken from the water, Taylor admitted she could not swim.
-LONDON - A yard, which equals 3 feet or 36 inches, was originally measured as the distance from an English king's nose to the end of his thumb.
The measurement was first made more than 800 years ago and the king in question was Henry I, the youngest son of William the Conquerer. He ruled from 1100 to 1135.
In 1866, England established the yard as the length of a specified bronze bar kept in Trafalgar Square at a temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, a yard is defined as 0.9144 of one meter.
-ACAPULCO, Mexico - In addition to its beautiful scenery, 20 beaches and sunny climate, this Pacific Coast resort has another memorable tourist attraction.
At nearby La Quebrada cliffs, teenage boy divers plunge more than 120 feet into the waters of a rocky cove, one too shallow for diving except when large waves surge in.