The waterfalls that slow time down


[Matador Network] MY 7-YEAR-OLD SON clutches the railings at the top of Niagara Falls, on the American side, and watches the cataract crash over the precipice into Canada, below, feeling the freshwater spray freckle his face.

“Awesome,” he says, without turning away, finally using the word in its proper context.

Waterfalls of this scale are indeed awe(some)-inspiring, and humans have been drawn to them throughout the ages to wonder at the exhilarating power of so much water moving with such force.

It’s a spectacle that imprints itself indelibly on the brain; a sight so extraordinary that Stanford University researchers recently concluded it actually gives people the sense that time has slowed down.

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First appeared on the Matador Network, November 2012 as

The waterfalls that slow time down