I had an interesting question posed to me by one of my 60 German tourists during yesterday’s trip to Niagara Falls. “Can I go over the Falls in a barrel?” In a world where tourists can go into outer space, can zip line through the Amazon and can hang glide off a mountain top, I guess the question wasn’t crazy. You could go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, but it is ill advised. First–the trip would be illegal. You will be fined $10,000 Canadian dollars if you try. Second–it’s dangerous and stupid. Falling over a 170 foot tall precipice into an angry river below is a fool’s errand. Of the 15 people who’ve used some kind of contraption to challenge the Falls, 5 have died. Disney’s Tower of Terror is a 13 story free fall drop, so you might try that. It is safer.