Don’t Be Careful. Live Dangerously

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July 14th, 2012


In 1926, Bobby Leach died by slipping on an orange peel. This is a true story. He slipped and fell, injuring his knee. Tragedy and dark humor held tight as the wound became infected. Then gangrene followed, and finally, the amputation. The rescue efforts were unsuccessful and Mr. Leach soon died from his wounds. From slipping on an orange peel.

Don’t be careful. Live dangerously.

Fifteen years earlier, in 1911, Bobby Leach became the first man to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. Sure he broke both his knees and fractured his jaw, but he was a stunt man and lived an adventurous and daring life. He survived that endeavor only to succumb to an orange peel.

So live dangerously, since you could die from slipping on an orange peel.

Interestingly enough, Bobby Leach wasn’t the first to go over the falls. A full decade earlier, a schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the falls in a barrel. She was 63, and sustained only a cut on her forehead from her extraction in the barrel. Even more impressive!

3 Responses

  1. I think we all have different definitions of dangerous, but I think I am living my life on the edge (maybe not a 500ft edge, but at least a 100 ft one). Besides I have travelers insurance, well at least a few more days. Wanna go bungee jumping tomorrow to ring in the French’s Independence Day? đŸ™‚

    • Careful. Your traveler’s insurance will not likely cover injuries sustained while performing extreme sports. It probably wouldn’t cover injuries sustained from storming The Bastille either.

      Miss you guys!

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