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    Natural Wonder: Niagara Falls Quiz

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    From HowStuffWorks.com:

    All that majesty, power and water didn’t stop Oscar Wilde from quipping about Niagara Falls being the second disappointment in the married life of many American brides who spend their honeymoon there, after he visited it in 1882. Can’t please everyone? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the natural feature.

    I took the quiz and got 26 out of 30.


    The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

    Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

    Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

    Take a fall with Canada’s wonders

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    From the Australia News Network:

    There’s something mesmerising about the thunder of the water as it slips off the edge of the cliffs in an incessant display of nature’s power.

    Niagara Falls is far from the world’s highest waterfall, but ranks among the most famous, thanks to its sheer accessibility. It has been a must-see since the Victorian era and, when in 1901 a US vice-president’s daughter honeymooned here, Niagara also became a honeymoon destination.

    There are surely many more romantic places to take a honeymoon than Niagara, where you’re surrounded by hordes of tour groups. Indeed, Oscar Wilde once called Niagara “a bride’s second great disappointment”.

    But in every other way, these waterfalls are very impressive, with most visitors commending them as one of the highlights of a visit to eastern Canada.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/news/take-a-fall-with-canadas-wonders/story-fnejnnql-1226522653359#ixzz2DA5q9fdH

    Clifton Hill | Niagara Falls , Canada | Atlas Obscura

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    From Atlas Obscura:

    “The Niagara Falls is simply a vast amount of water going the wrong way over some unnecessary rocks” said Oscar Wilde, ever the pessimist. However, had he visited today, and spent some time in Clifton Hill he might have had different reaction… one of pure horror.

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