You have probably heard about this, but a month or so ago there were some images/videos/articles posted online about a full 360 rainbow that was viewed. It was quite neat. Here are a couple of reports:
This is old news, but I never did post about it.
From Global News:
A wax museum in Niagara Falls, Ont. was mocked Tuesday by a British newspaper for featuring figures that “bear only a passing resemblance to the stars they’re supposed to be.”
The Daily Mail took jabs at the Movieland Wax Museum of the Stars on the popular Clifton Hill tourist strip.
“Visitors to the museum … might find themselves not only trying to work out which waxwork they are looking at, but trying to cast their mind back to the film in which they starred,” wrote reporter Steph Cockroft.
I think some of the criticism was unfair. Sure, some figures look better than others, but there are still lots of people who enjoy going through. My pre-teen son went through with his class in June after this was in the news, and he and his friends had a great time.
From the Daily Mail:
Every year millions of visitors flock to see the dramatic Niagara Falls that separate New York state from Ontario.
But while 12million people head to the Canadian side, just six million choose to view the spectacular waterfall from the American side.
However, all that is set to change as the US ramps up a campaign to develop tourism on the south side of the Falls and tempt some of those 12million away from Canada.
A water color painted by Nature: Magical pictures of Niagara Falls lit up by spectacular neon light show
The Daily Mail has put up some beautiful pictures of Niagara Falls (mainly the American Falls) lit up at night. They look fantastic.
‘Prince of the Air’ conquers Niagara Falls tightrope in the first of EIGHTY-ONE skywalks 600ft in the air
From the Daily Mail (it includes some nice pictures):
He is called ‘Prince of the Air’ and in the first of a planned 81 death-defying walks he truly lives up to his name.
Wirewalker Jay Cochrane ticked the first walk off his long list as he treaded the two inch wire between the Skylon Tower and Hilton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, Canada.
The 68-year-old was smiling as he arrived at the hotel after a 30 minute walk across the 1,300ft tightrope last night.
I’ve been on vacation for the last week and a bit. We didn’t really do anything other than do some work around the house. I saw all the articles about Nik Wallenda, and meant to post some of them, but never got around to it. In case you’ve missed some of them, here is a selection of articles I found talking about the approval that the Niagara Parks Commission gave to Nik Wallenda to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.
- St Catharines Standard – Tim Denis’ View from the Drive-Thru – he is against it
- Niagara Falls Review – Wallenda speaks to Niagara Falls council – the day before the announcement Nik Wallenda appeared before Niagara Falls city council
- WGRZ Channel 2 Buffalo – Nik Wallenda Provides Details on Upcoming Walk Across The Niagara Gorge – includes video
- NBC Sports Off the Bench – Morning Mail: Crazed man will attempt to walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope – the writer thinks he’s insane
- The Buffalo News – Daredevil sees Falls as ‘second home’ – he talks about how he might do something permanent in Niagara Falls
- The Niagara Gazette – Wallenda says walk just beginning of Falls partnership – he talks about how he might do something permanent in Niagara Falls
- WIVB Channel 4 Buffalo – Tightrope walk to boost Falls economy – talks about economic impact
- The Huffington Post – Nik Wallenda’s Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk Is (Finally) A Go – general article about the decision
- The Canadian Press (via Yahoo! News) – Niagara Parks Commission approves Nik Wallenda bid for tightrope walk over gorge – general article about the decision
- The UK Daily Mail – I’m thrilled to death: Daredevil gets the green light to be first tightrope walker to cross Niagara Falls – general article about the decision
I know there have been articles popping up everywhere, but most of them have been reprints of Associated Press or Canadian Press articles.
In case you were wondering, and missed my earlier comments, I was totally in favour of this, and am glad he was given a chance.
From the Welland Tribune:
When Frank LaPenna received a text message saying the website for his business was seeing some unusually high numbers, he didn’t think too much of it. One of his employees wanted to let him know that the Nightmares Fear Factory website, which was typically getting 600 hits per day, had received 750 by mid-morning.
By the time LaPenna got into the office of the Victoria Ave. haunted house 15 minutes later, however, that number had skyrocketed. “We said, ‘I think something is going on here.’ And then the analytics just went crazy,” he said.
What LaPenna didn’t know at the time was that he and his director of sales and marketing, Vee Popat, had just hit the social media lottery.
I saw these sorts of articles from many sites around the world. Here is one from the UK:
- UK Daily Mail – The moment haunted house visitors encounter the scariest sight of all… their own faces (caught on hidden cameras)
It even made it on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno!
From the UK Daily Mail:
Two theme parks are waging an international custody dispute in court – over a 17-foot killer whale.
SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, is demanding the return of Ikaika, a two-tonne, captive-born orca that it sent to Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada, in 2006.
But Marineland has defied the call – and a judge’s order – and insisted that Ikaika stays, dismissing SeaWorld’s claim that the mammal was only a temporary loan and branding the dispute ‘unfortunate’.
This is actually one of the longer articles I’ve seen about this. There are also a few nice pictures included with the article.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It has been more than three decades since Russ Glasson last set eyes upon the mighty cataracts of Niagara.
But during the past week, the iconic tourist attraction has figured prominently in the life of the semi-retired 75-year-old Weatherfield, Conn., resident.
Last year, Glasson posted a small collection of 41-year-old photos showing a dried-up American Falls on a photo-sharing website.
The photos, which were taken by his late father-in-law, eventually caught the attention of a reporter with London’s Daily Mail newspaper, who contacted Glasson to say he was interested in doing a story about the photos and posting the collection on the newspaper’s website.
Links to the story made the rounds on social media web-sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and it wasn’t long before Glasson found himself fielding almost daily interview requests from local and national media outlets.
On Monday, Glasson and the photos made an appearance on CNN during a segment hosted by news anchor Kyra Phillips.