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The Best Twitter Reactions To Nik Wallenda's "SkyWire" Walk Across The Grand Canyon

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | June 24, 2013 | Comments ()


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Sunday night The Discovery Channel aired Nik Wallenda's attempt to tightrope walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge just outside Grand Canyon National Park's borders. Millions tuned in and watched breathlessly as this world-famous acrobat and aerialist crossed dizzying heights wearing a pair of jeans but no harness. And he made it without any incident more harrowing than a strong gust of wind. Pretty insane television.

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Oh course, given the extreme nature of the stunt, Wallenda, apparently a man of faith, called out to his maker (and The Discovery Channel executives) several times. I don't blame him; I did the same as an athiest teenager when a bolt off The Zipper roller coaster came caroming into our car. Nonetheless, Twitter had a field day with this odd denim-clad, Jesus-loving man. And that's what Twitter's for. For letting off steam. For poking fun. For trying to crack wise. It's not always fair, but it's usually fun. All I'll say is Philippe Petit is probably pretty happy Twitter couldn't hear what he had to say back in '74.

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  • e jerry powell

    Why won't Ricky Gervais marry me?

    I feel so sad.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'd like to be friends with Ricky Gervais. But then I think he'd bring Warwick Davis over and everything would go to shit.

  • e jerry powell

    What, you'd rather Karl "Head like a fuckin' orange" Pilkington?

  • AngelenoEwok

    SAY ONE MORE WORD AGAINST WARWICK. JUST ONE MORE. DO IT. I WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO PROVOKE ME TODAY.

  • lowercase_ryan

    he's. not. funny.

    *runs and hides*

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Pffft, he didn't even DO SPLITS ACROSS THE WIRE.

  • JJ

    Brought to you by Bad Idea Jeans.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    There's not enough Kumail out there. I find him hilarious.

  • Make it a kilt and I'd be more impressed.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    wouldn't that really depend on what was under the kilt?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Question for a Scotsman: What is worn under the kilt?
    Answer: Nothing! Everything is in perfect working order!

  • ,

    Stop me if you've heard this one:*

    A Scotsman staggering home from the bar one night can't quite make it there, so he sits under a tree and falls asleep. The next morning two girls walking to school see the Scotsman and look at each other. "I've always heard ..." says one. "Let's see!" says the other. So they gently lift the Scotsman's kilt and discover that it's true: Real Scotsmen don't wear anything under the kilt. One of the giggling girls decides to mess with him. She takes the red ribbon from her hair and gently ties it around his pecker. Then they trip off to school.

    Not much later, the Scotsman wakes and he's really gotta pee. So he steps into the bushes, raises his kilt and is stunned to discover his pecker has a red ribbon around it.

    He thinks about this for awhile, then shrugs and says, "I dona where ya been, laddie, but I see ya won first prize."

    *--Too late!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Stop me* if you knew it was a song -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    (btw, ribbon should be blue for the joke to make sense)

    * too late

  • emmalita

    If I could figure out how to post pictures I would post this one. But since I can't here's the link
    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pic...

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hehehehee. That is definitely worth viewing, too.

    (I just drag pictures into the square. Not sure about embedding pictures on other links)

  • emmalita

    I'll try that.

  • e jerry powell

    I think that thing's a bit generous for most...

  • emmalita

    Personally, I'd want some Clorox wipes between patrons. And yes, it does seem.....generous.

  • Make it Joss Whedon's head and I'd be impressed.

  • ViciousTrollop

    It was civvies day on the wire across the grand canyon.

  • PDamian

    The "invisible Obama" comment left me helpless with laughter. Just perfect.

  • ZizoAH

    Anybody can do it with normal jeans... If it's not skinny jeans, I'm not impressed.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I think we can call your de-lurking official. Could someone please call it?

  • Time of de-lurking... '10 hours ago' at 16:53 GMT according to Disqus. I know how much all you lot operate on GMT...

  • ZizoAH

    Hopefully, it's a good thing.
    My name is Zizo and I'm a Pajiboholic.

  • 10,000 points for the use of the word "caroming"

  • Jeansus helping that moron across is less impressive than twitter making a stupid event entertaining. Thank you, Twitter.

  • He's not a moron. He's a Wallenda. They are a lovely family, smart and generous (and good cooks), who happen to have this one quirk... Stunt people do equally dangerous, if less well acknowledged or spectacular, things every day.

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