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The Flying Wallendas are a family that have been indulging in crazy acts for about a century. Examples include trapeze acts without safety nets, human pyramids, and other high-wire acts. Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation Wallenda, thought nothing of getting into safer professions such as accountancy or feeding sharks. Here he is, successfully crossing something in June of 2012 by walking a tightrope.

The authorities in charge of the place were at first opposed to the idea, not wanting to encourage such stunts, but finally gave in. Over what did he walk?

Image: Brendan Bannon/The New York Times

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