Does floating in a barrel over a massive waterfall or walking on the wings of an airplane sound appealing to you? If so, you might be a daredevil! Reckless activities like these seem crazy, yet since ancient times people have been taking incredible risks, often just for the thrill of it.
Spaniard Abbas Ibn Firnas, a 9th-century inventor, was fascinated with flight, so he designed and built a glider. To test his device, Firnas jumped from the top of a tower, gliding successfully for a short distance before making a hard landing. His brief flight was well documented and inspired those in early aviation.
Niagara Falls has probably attracted more daredevils over the years than any other location on Earth. In 1859, “The Great Blondin,” also known as Jean Francios Gravelot, walked along a 1,100-foot tightrope over the falls. It was suspender 170 feet above the river and connected the U.S. and Canadian sides!
In 1901, 63-year-old retired school teacher Annie Taylor went over the falls in a barrel but only after sending her cat over beforehand to test the barrel. They both survived, making Taylor the first person to ever do so.
… have been … often just …（…從過去以來一直在做…因為…）
push the limits：（= you see how far you can go）
have a fascination with：對…強烈著迷