"The Saga of the Skydiving Beavers" sounds like the title for a quirky children's book, but it's also a fitting epitaph for a strange, true story of an unconventional approach to habitat resettlement. In 1948, Idaho's Fish and Game service decided the best way to keep beavers away from growing urban centers was to…
In the broad spectrum of goofball ideas out there, attaching piping fresh toasties to colorful little parachutes and tossing them out of a window to someone's open arms ranks pretty highly towards the Yup, That's Pretty Damn Silly end of things. And yet! Jafflechutes exists, and it does exactly that. What a wonderful…
Seatbelts and airbags in cars save passengers lives. Parachutes save people who, for a variety of reasons, exit a plane in mid-flight. So why aren't parachutes provided to passengers on commercial airline flights, in case of emergencies?
"It's not the fall that kills you," as the saying goes, "it's the sudden stop at the end." Humans are a rather splattery bunch when dropped from a sufficient height, but that hasn't kept us out of the sky. Instead, we've spent centuries perfecting the process of controlled falling to make the stop after any fall as…
Don't watch this video. No, seriously, it's really rough. The best thing is that Matthew Gough, the guy who plummets while base jumping, actually survived the fall with only minor injuries. He hit the ground at 40mph from a 1,000 foot cliff because his parachute malfunctioned. The footage is taken from his helmet cam.
Collapsing the average reusable bag into its compact form is more challenging than most MENSA puzzles. So save yourself the frustration with Michael Pappas' brilliant Chute bag that automatically collapses as you yank on its built-in ripcord—like a bizarro world parachute.
Witness these people speed flying down the Mont Blanc. It takes ten minutes of pure joy and freedom to go from its summit to its base. I saw the whole video wishing I was one of them—with every cell in my body. [Thanks Jan!]
Watch this gentleman, who seems to be under the influence of drugs of some sort, flee a police officer by jumping off California's Bixby Bridge. I think the only thing more satisfying would be escape by jetpack. [Reddit]
Click to viewIf you're skydiving and your parachute fails, there's always a backup. But what if the backup fails, too? That's when you pray that you're jumping with a hero like Dave Hartsock, who risked his own life to save someone else's.
On February 4th 1912 Franz Reichelt attempted to test his latest invention — a parachute jacket — at the Eiffel Tower. He donned his apparatus and tentatively stepped to the edge of the viewing deck.
The Saudi oil tanker that has been held by Somali pirates since November was apparently freed after a $3 million bundle of cash was precision airdropped by parachute to the deck. See it? UPDATE: