100 Year Old Parachute Fail

One hundred years ago, this tailor assured French authorities he would test his home-made parachute on a dummy.

He jumped to his death.

I see no contradiction.
     Posted By: gdanea - Fri Nov 02, 2012
     Category: Goofs and Screw-ups

Yes. "A journalist in Le Gaulois suggested that only half the term "mad genius" applied to Reichelt" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Reichelt. An early winner of the Darwin Award.
Posted by Harvey on 11/03/12 at 12:06 AM
Nice they did a good scientific measurement of the divot. Too bad science had been invented a minute or two before the jump.
Posted by Robb of Warren on 11/03/12 at 12:21 AM
He jumped into heaven, not a bad deal I guess.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/03/12 at 12:29 AM
It almost seems like the dude KNEW that it wasn't going to work before he jumped!

I agree, Harvey, this guy needs to be awarded a Darwin. Maybe they should start a historical version.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/03/12 at 12:32 AM
@Robb, The correct scientific term is not divot, It's crater. :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/03/12 at 09:29 AM
Shouldn't that be spelled "qurahtoure"? This did happen in France.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/03/12 at 09:58 AM
@Expat,@ Robb, le terme scientifique correct n'est pas divot, c'est cratère. :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/03/12 at 10:16 AM
I agree, he passed the divot and went strait for the crater.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/03/12 at 10:26 AM
I'm no mad scientist, but wouldn't it have made sense to test the suit somewhere you won't die? Why not jump off of a bridge into water or off a house where you'd only break a leg?
Posted by Miles on 11/03/12 at 11:32 AM
Le premier épisode de "âne."
Posted by ScoutC on 11/03/12 at 03:40 PM
I was expecting the Roadrunner to run up, flick his tongue and say "Beep, Beep."
Posted by KDP on 11/05/12 at 02:39 PM
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