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High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda Plays A Game Called 'Whoops'

With no net below, Nik Wallenda walks a 1,000-foot-long high wire, suspended 200 feet over the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh in 2009.

In June 2012, Nik Wallenda — of the great Wallenda Family circus dynasty — walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. On June 23, he plans to cross the Grand Canyon the same way. Wallenda has also recently written a memoir called Balance: Christian Faith and Miraculous Results.

Wallenda's job requires great precision and care. Other people's jobs? Not so much. We've invited Wallenda to play a game called "Whoops!" Three examples of extreme clumsiness, stupidity or both, taken from an annual compilation of odd workers' comp claims put together by lawyer Thomas Robinson.

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