Lillian Boyer dangles from airplane wing

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Wing walkin' woman

Lillian Boyer hangs from the wing of an airplane on Jan. 1, 1922 during one of the death-defying stunts that made her famous. Boyer was an accomplished aerial performer known for her wing walking and parachuting from 1921 until 1929.

 

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Fakir Mirah Soumak bears the weight of a Citroen DS with passengers

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Heavy load

Fakir Mirah Soumak bears the weight of a Citroën DS, complete with passengers, as it drives over his stomach on Feb. 26, 1969 in the Grande Place of Brussels, Belgium.

 

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Two waiters serve two steel workers lunch, on a girder high above New York City

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High altitude lunch

Two waiters serve lunch to a pair of steel workers on Nov. 14, 1930 while balancing on a girder high above New York City. The building upon which they are perched is now the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue.

 

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The Amazing Randi peers out from a sealed coffin

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Escapology

The Amazing Randi, a professional escapologist and magician, peers out from the sealed coffin that he later broke out of after enduring 2 hours underwater on Oct. 14, 1958 at the West Ham Municipal Baths in London.

 

Also known as James Randi, the daring magician survived all of his dangerous feats and retired from the profession in 1988 at the age of 60 to pursue writing in the realm of pseudoscience and paranormal skepticism.

 

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Piet Van Kempen circles the track on a bicycle while reading a newspaper and sipping tea

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A leisurely ride?

German cyclist Piet Van Kempen circles the track on a bicycle while reading a newspaper and sipping from a teacup on Sept. 25, 1936 during a six-day marathon cycling event at Wembley Arena in London.

 

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