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Wing walkers

Once airplanes took to the sky, they provided another platform for daredevils. Wing walkers became popular by performing breathtaking stunts like walking from one plane to another while in mid-air. Sadly, many died performing such dangerous feats.

provide:提供
platform:平台、台
breathtaking:驚人的
stunt:絕技、驚險動作
feat:技藝(表演)、事蹟、功蹟、壯舉、雜技功夫

“Evel” Knievel

Perhaps the most well-known daredevil is motorcyclist Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, whose sensational motorcycle jumps – and spectacular crashes – made him famous. His most anticipated jump took place over the fountain at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas – a distance of 151 feet. Knievel made it over the fountain but landed badly and flew from his motorcycle, resulting in a 29-day hospital stay.

sensational:精彩的、絕妙的、極好的、轟動的、駭人聽聞的
sens-:感覺
spectacular:壯麗的、引人注目的
crash:撞擊
anticipate:預期、預料
fountain:噴水池

The “Spiderman”

Frenchman Alain Robert is better known as the “Spiderman” for his distinctive ability to climb skyscrapers using only his bare hands. Using no safety equipment or climbing tools, Robert has climbed more than 70 of the world’s tallest buildings, many with smooth glass or rock exteriors. Amazingly, he was afraid of heights as a child.

distinctive:獨特的、與眾不同的、特殊的
skyscraper:摩天樓
bare:裸的、空的
exterior:外部、表面、外觀
ex-:外面

Some daredevils from the past, such as barrel-rider Annie Taylor, became famous for a single daring stunt. But many modern-day risk-takers, like Robert, have devoted their lives to constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible. Would you care to join them?

daring:大膽的
devote:獻身於
constantly:不斷地的、時常地
boundaries:界限
care:願意、想要


文法:
... but …, resulting in …
(…但是…,結果…)

特別補充:
hair-raising
:令人恐懼的
interior:裡面、內部
unfortunate:很倒楣
coincidence:巧合
ironic:與字面意思相反而造成嘲諷的效果

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