That's what you get for thinkin' that you were smarter than everyone else. I admire your lack of thought or safety procedures in pursuit of your dream. Test TWICE then use ONCE. That's what the dummy is there for.
Franz Reichelt – Parachute Suit
Franz Reichelt (1879 – 1912) was convinced that he could develop a suit that turned into a parachute for aviators. Known as the 'Flying Tailor' for his fateful jump (and other profession), the Austrian-born Frenchman lost his life when, on February 4, 1912, he leaped from the first platform of the Eiffel Tower wearing his design. Though he was supposed to be using a dummy, at the last minute he decided to test the invention himself. Unfortunately for Reichelt and his legacy, the belief that his invention would work turned out to be wishful thinking.
After Reichelt crashed to the ground in front of a crowd of spectators, he was rushed to hospital, even though he was plainly dead. There is a YouTube video of his fatal 187-foot jump that is accompanied by the commentary: "As though he sensed the horrible fate that awaited him, the unfortunate inventor hesitated long before throwing himself into the void."
Unbelievably there is film footage of the deadly stunt. I love you You Tubes. Having this footage makes you immortal Franz. Never forget that you crazy French bastard.
His trepidation is hard to watch especially when you know the outcome already. Kinda COLD for those Parisians measure how far he went into the ground at the end but that is how they roll in that city.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.