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Oddities News Archive - November 15, 2003

By LYNN BREZOSKY HIDALGO, Texas (AP) -- The only person to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls without a safety device has run off and joined the circus.Kirk Jones, 40, planned to make his debut as the "world's greatest stunt man" during a Friday night gig with the Toby Tyler Circus, now touring Texas' Mexican border towns.Last month, the former auto parts salesman from Canton, Mich., jumped over the Canadian side of the falls and somehow emerged from the rushing foam with only a few broken ribs.Jones said circus promoters called him a few days ago and promised him something "spectacular." He would not say what his act would involve.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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