Tightrope Walker Falls More Than 600 Feet and Survives

Melissa Knowles
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When you think of death-defying acts, tightrope walking is right up there with BASE-jumping and bungee jumping for most people. Most of the time, we hear only about the successful attempts, but the occasional fall also makes headlines.

The current tightrope walking video that has people talking features famed Chinese acrobat Aisikaier attempting to walk a 2,200-foot wire stretched above a 650-foot deep ravine. But, Aisikaier was not successful in his attempt, because he slipped and fell.

Aisikaier, who is a sixth-generation tightrope walker, attempted the feat while walking backward and blindfolded. Surprisingly, he suffered only minor injuries in the fall and is seen walking around after landing on the ground. He later said he fell because of the wind and from feeling faint before the walk.

Aisikaier holds the Guinness world record for fastest tightrope walk over 325 feet.


When Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, it's doubtful that he ever thought it would be used as a tool to solve cases for the police, but that's exactly what happened in Stockholm, Sweden. However, this case did not necessarily involve any criminal activity. This case was about finding a missing teddy bear for a baby girl.

An off-duty police officer noticed a flier for 1-year-old Tyra's missing stuffed animal in June. He took a picture and posted it to the police department's Facebook page. It did not take long for the story of the missing teddy bear to garner attention, gaining more than 1,500 likes and 400 shares. Before long, the story was picked up by local media. Tyra's mother, Kristin, told a local station that her daughter "can't sleep properly at night without it, and she searches for it when she wakes in the morning."

When the teddy bear did not show up after a few days, the police department dropped by with a surprise -- a bear dressed as the department's mascot. The precinct did not give up, though, and last Thursday there was a break in the case. An anonymous citizen dropped off Tyra's beloved stuffed animal. It had been found on a stone wall near a church, not far from where Tyra had originally misplaced it.

After the safe return of the teddy bear, the Södermalm Police Precinct wrote on its Facebook page, "When we care and help each other, we can make a difference. You, me, and everyone." With the police showing this much dedication to finding a lost toy, there's no telling how far it will go to fight crime.