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Date: 04/01/08 06:05 AM

47 Responses to Franz Reichelt`s Parachute Overcoat

  1. Profile photo of antdow3
    antdow3 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm
    Link: Franz Reichelt`s Parachute Overcoat - He jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test it, with predictable results.
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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 4:58 am
    Here`s a little more information of Franz.
  3. Profile photo of JGESS
    JGESS Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:13 am
    captain intelligence strikes again...yo isnt there some guy out there kinda doin the same thing?? that is base jumping with some kinda wings attached to him?
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    staberind Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:20 am
    Gravity 1 Franz 0.
    Glide
    Assisted
  5. Profile photo of _Perfection_
    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:24 am
    Don`t worry, except for the broken bones and slight death that occured, he was fine.
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    chadders42 Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:27 am
    Well that was clever
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    marchhare123 Male 30-39
    547 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 6:37 am
    wow, that sucks. But at least he was trying a new desgin or invention, not just doing something stupid to cause his death. Although he should have used a dummy first.
  8. Profile photo of dibens
    dibens Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:38 am
    DOH!
  9. Profile photo of llDayo
    llDayo Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:43 am
    "Although he should have used a dummy first."

    I believe he did.

  10. Profile photo of faygo
    faygo Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 6:55 am
    Poor guy...
  11. Profile photo of BikerTeen
    BikerTeen Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:09 am
    riiiiiiiight
  12. Profile photo of donk
    donk Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:16 am
    Franz Reichelt, his death was sad but at least the gene pool was chlorinated a little the day he died
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    Cy Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:17 am
    `"Although he should have used a dummy first."

    I believe he did.`

    Ouch! (or did you mean that literally?)

    Obviously, hindsight says he was an idiot, but give him credit for having the guts to actually try it. If it had worked, we wouldn`t be laughing at him.

    After all, it`s not like Ben Franklin`s famous kite-lightning experiment was the brightest idea ever (if he actually did it in the way that he`s usually described to have).

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    Cy Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:19 am
    TBH, I`m getting tired of all these stupid gene pool remarks. The Darwin awards are mean-spirited and not very funny, and if it wasn`t for people mindlessly jumping on bandwagons, you`d probably see what poor taste they`re in.
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    xdonutx Female 13-17
    223 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 7:40 am
    Okay, there really should have been something soft to cushion the fall. Seriously, it doesn`t take much foresight to have a back-up plan in case the parachute-coat doesn`t work.
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    Fayth Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:49 am
    Cy, they are kinda funny. I mean, the dead people aren`t going to care what you say about them.
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    DocT Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 8:02 am
    Why do I constantly see posts by people that imply that other people should be "nice"? That somehow, being mean-spirited is wrong. What difference does it make to anyone what anyone else thinks or says? If you don`t like something you read, see, or hear, then that`s just too bad. When did people get the insane idea that life should not hurt? Who sold everyone on this bill of goods that says life should be all hugs and puppies? Geez, grow the heck up and learn to deal. And for the record, visionary or not, this guy may not have been the sharpest knife in the drawer.
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    letsgopoping Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 8:35 am
    i think he died
  19. Profile photo of falcon434
    falcon434 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 8:51 am
    I noticed his design looked kind of like a dart, so i guess he thought the wind would catch inside and safely land him, but instead, he flew towards the ground and "landed" with a poof. lol.
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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 9:24 am
    "i think he died"

    I... think so too.

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    jetmark Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 9:35 am
    RIP, dumbass.
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 9:58 am
    this should be a add for darwinism
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    unbelievable Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 10:45 am
    60m = 200 foot drop
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    MissMurder Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 11:21 am
    they should re-enact this on brainiac. now that would be worth watching.
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    MissMurder Female 18-29
    311 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 11:23 am
    also i couldn`t help but notice that this link was about a tailors invention failure and the next link on iab is called
    "What Was This Designer Thinking?"
    XD made me lol
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    Standards Male 18-29
    564 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    I was thinking "old."
    Not in the sense as repost.
    But old.
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    Nath2k8 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    @MissMurder

    Myth busters is better then brainiac!!

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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm
    win some lose some, in his case... he lost it all...
  29. Profile photo of Cyleste
    Cyleste Female 18-29
    180 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 2:02 pm
    Ha...he went plop. ^_^
  30. Profile photo of lindztg
    lindztg Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm
    That coat wasn`t even fashionable. Poor guy.
  31. Profile photo of Grifo
    Grifo Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2008 at 3:19 pm
    Ok, nice try.
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    omg209 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    lmao he died haha and why an overcoat cant they just stick with a parachute or was it not invented yet?
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    tayreed Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm
    yeah mythbusters is pretty great... Just wondering, do you get Brainiac in the states? What about mythbusters in Europe? I wouldnt know, Im stuck in the Bolivia..
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    tayreed Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm
    (referring to missmurder and nath2k8)
  35. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm
    ...Why?...

    He should`ve thought that through better instead of along the lines of:
    "Look ma! No hands!"

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    sabreduelist Male 13-17
    174 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 7:05 pm
    For what it`s worth, it wasn`t exactly a stupid idea.

    I mean, I`m not sure what *use* one would have for a parachute disguised as a fashion statement, but give the guy some credit.

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    yo-i-am-luke Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm
    At least the people at the end seemed to be impressed as they measured the hole in the earth he left... wonder how deep it was?
  38. Profile photo of Ani187
    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm
    Did I just watch a guy die? I don`t want to watch a guy die! wtf?
  39. Profile photo of Agentk120
    Agentk120 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 9:46 pm
    And why shouldn`t life be full of hugs and puppies? Hugs and puppies are awesome and if you don`t like them, go play with Hitler or something idk.
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    Agentk120 Male 18-29
    510 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 9:48 pm
    Also Tayreed, you really in Bolivia? I have family there and visit there every once in a while. I don`t know what my point is, it`s just rare to meet someone who could point out the country on a map (at least in America) let alone have been there.
  41. Profile photo of Canti
    Canti Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm
    My french is a little rusty but I believe the caption says "How is that he did not sense the horrible fate that awaited him, the unhappy inventer hesitated before launching himself into the air."
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    Shaboobalah Male 18-29
    326 posts
    April 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm
    "That coat wasn`t even fashionable. Poor guy." Back then, style didn`t matter so much as the thing keeping you warm and dry. Oh, and I can`t believe no one`s said it... OWNED!
  43. Profile photo of Axium
    Axium Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 2:40 pm
    All that drama and suspense leading up to it but all he got was a "thud".
  44. Profile photo of SnToe
    SnToe Female 30-39
    104 posts
    April 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm
    Parachute snuff!
  45. Profile photo of PrKitty
    PrKitty Female 18-29
    370 posts
    April 2, 2008 at 7:58 pm
    My boyfriend said this can`t be good, because "you can`t fly in black in white... We didn`t have flying until we invented color." God I love him...
  46. Profile photo of Igmo
    Igmo Male 18-29
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    April 2, 2008 at 11:31 pm
    That Looked Like It Hurt.
  47. Profile photo of Donkey546
    Donkey546 Male 13-17
    76 posts
    April 2, 2008 at 11:54 pm
    That sucks...I was hoping it would work because it looks like it would be a lot of fun and be very useful =/

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