Above: Franz Reichelt, who “attempted to use this contraption as a parachute. Reichelt died after he jumped off the Eiffel Tower wearing his invention, which failed to operate properly as a parachute.”
Wikipedia: List of inventors killed by their own inventions
(via Amber Case)
Tags: history, Mad Science
September 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm
“It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.”
*sigh* …and he did. Might not have been too bright, but that’s some SERIOUS self-confidence.
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