8 people almost as cool as Nik Wallenda

by Betsi Fores |

Nik Wallenda traversed 1,500 feet across the Colorado river into Arizona Sunday night — with no brace or cords tying to the high-wire. That is possibly the most awesome thing ever.

But to respect the little people, here are eight people that are almost as cool:

1. Shaun White

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Shaun White is an incredible snowboarder, winning many gold medals at the Olympics. He is the first person ever to win a perfect score at the X Games in 2012.

In case you didn’t believe us, here he is:

2. The guy who jumped from space for Red Bull

Felix Baumgartner jumped from a hot air balloon that was nearly in space and broke the sound barrier on his free-fall decent — pretty extreme.

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3. Edward Snowden — NSA leaker

Despite Snowden now seeking asylum from one of many despotic countries, revealing the information to Americans the their government is engaging in a complex and highly sophisticated surveillance program that allows the government to essentially spy on any American was very risky and commendable. Cheers to you, Snowden.

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4. Oprah

You might not agree with her endearing support for Obama, but the lady is a saint.

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5. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex)

Because he wants to abolish the IRS and did his best to dismantle the Gang of 8’s amnesty proposal on the immigration bill.

And because who doesn’t love a contrarian on Congress?

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6. The supermoon

The supermoon, a full moon that occurs very close to the earth, made an appearance this weekend. Quite a beautiful sight.

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7. Charles Ramsey

The man who saved two hostage women from a basement in Cleveland deserves a place on this list. And also for the incredible interview that followed.

8. George Washington

Because without this guy, we’d probably all be speaking with awful British accents.

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Betsi Fores is a Content Editor for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @ejfores.

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