The Darwin Awards 
HOME
Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2003 Personals
Shortcut Cut Short
Human Paper Towel
Under Pressure
Koroneburg Village Idiot
Hot Hot Chocolate
A Gasser of a Story
Icarus
Bufo Marinus
The Man with the Iron Stomach
Gas Spill
Other Personal Years 
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Vintage
 
~ Random Story ~
Email Alert!
NEW! Gift Shop
Rules  Search
Contact Darwin
Submit a Story
Philosophy Forum
Home

  

Darwin Awards
2003 Personal Accounts
Email a Friend The Darwin Awards salutes the spirit portrayed in the following personal accounts, submitted by loyal (and sometimes reluctant) readers. Next Prev Random

Icarus
2003 Personal Account

(4 February 1912, France) I have a picture of someone who may be my relative, called Franz Reichelt. He is dressed in what looks like a huge black overcoat, and the caption reads, "Monsieur Franz Reichelt with his early parachute -- an outstanding example of the way in which early aviators were as spectacular in their failures as in their successes.

"Reichelt was an Austrian tailor who sought to combine his interests by creating a garment to serve as both an overcoat and a parachute. In 1911, he decided to test his invention. Having told the authorities that he wanted to make a 'dummy' drop, at the last minute he strapped himself in, and with sublime confidence stepped from a platform off the Eiffel Tower, and fell to his death."

Reader Comments:
"For sale cheap: one parachute, used once, never opened."
"This really was a 'dummy' drop!"

DarwinAwards.com © 1994 - 2012
Submitted by: Robin Reichelt

Awful? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Great?
Hate it! Love it!

What Readers Think

Previous Directions Next

The Darwin Awards Gift Shop

The Darwin Awards Condom

Keep yourself out of the gene pool!
A condom in a matchbook, useful for emergency contraception, bachelor parties, frat parties, and important rites of passage. LOADED inside and out with funny quotes and stories. Everyone loves this item!
Friends don't let friends reproduce!
$13 for Pack of 4

 

 

HomeRulesFAQsAwardsSlushSite Map
DarwinAward | HonorableMention | PersonalAccount | UrbanLegend