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Bad Idea Jeans? All People Wanted To Talk About After Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk Was His Bell Bottoms


Walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, without a tether or safety net? Impressive. Yep, we want to watch that. Nik Wallenda’s daredevil stunt on Sunday drew a 5.1 overnight TV rating: which jumped to 7.1 over the last 30 minutes, according to Sports Business Journal.

It took Wallenda 22 minutes and 54 seconds to walk the 1,400 feet across, without a tether or safety net, in the live broadcast. He was the first person to ever do it.

Wallenda could be heard praying almost constantly during the walk, murmuring “Thank you, Jesus.” He kissed the ground when he reached the other side.

“It took every bit of me to stay focused that entire time,” Wallenda said. “My arms are aching like you wouldn’t believe.”

But what was everyone talking about when he reached the other side? His jeans.


  • Ted Tidwell

    Seriously, the guy crossed the grand canyon on a tight rope…takes a little more skill than being a snarky a-hole in less than 140 characters.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks those are “bell bottoms” definitely didn’t live through the early 70s.

  • Anonymous

    These people are idiots.

  • DJ

    Did anyone else notice he was wearing a parachute? Still takes a lot of skill but he wasn’t completely without a “safety net”

  • Anonymous

    Those aren’t bell bottoms, moron.

  • Anonymous

    I have never owned a pair of comfortable jeans, I guess…..I would have had some kind of sweatpants on!
    This was amazing and I imagine that the tv channel made him wear a parachute….they really don’t want people to die on live tv:)

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I had some BIG jeans with belt loops all of the way down the side of them….Also, my favorite – JR ijeans (I’m female) when I was a pre-teen:)


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