On Oct. 24, 1901, 63-year old schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor climbed into a barrel and plunged over Niagara Falls. She was the first known person to do so and survive. Emerging from the barrel, she advised against attempting to duplicate her feat, allegedly saying “Don’t try it.”
She could have stayed home and had a similar, safer experience. The Niagara Wave and Rocking Bath was a novelty bath tub of the late Nineteenth Century. It’s a simple but clever design. Just fill the sheet steel bath tub with water, climb in and start rocking. The manufacturer—known as the Jersey Company—promised an accurate simulation of a sea bath and good health through improved circulation.
-via Weird Universe