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If you had to jump from very high, what would you use as a parachute?

  1. May 8, 2014 #1
    If you had to jump out of something, say a plane or a tall building, what sort of objects would you try to grab onto to slow your decent?

    Curtains? A blanket or tablecloth (if you can find one)? Your jacket? A door (or other large, flat object of some sort)?
     
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    Evo

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    My insurance policy.
     
  4. May 8, 2014 #3
    I would likely just use a parachute :)

    I am skeptical anything above will do you much good. Mostly likely it will rip from your hands or distort in a way that renders it useless.
     
  5. May 8, 2014 #4
    Do office buildings stock parachutes (that might not be such a bad idea, actually; if everyone on the Titanic kept a blow up raft or innertube under their beds, the incident would have been a lot less tragic)? Of course the above aren't the best options, but in a scenario where your plane is plummeting to earth, you kind of have to make the most of a bad situation.
     
  6. May 8, 2014 #5

    drizzle

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    OMG Evo:rofl::cry::rofl:

    You should be nominated for the coming best humor award:rofl:

    I don't think a door would be a good idea. :uhh:
     
  7. May 9, 2014 #6
    I redesigned an umbrella when I was a kid and used it as a parachute to jump down from the top of the house :D It uh...didn't work so well :-(

    I wouldn't use anything else as a parachute than an actual parachute - had some paratrooper training in the military and when you're up there, you really wish you had a parachute :D
     
  8. May 9, 2014 #7
    I always bring a couple of chickens with me when in tall office buildings. I feel that if I have to jump out, I will just latch onto them. If they do not want to die, they well better learn how to fly pretty damn quick.
     
  9. May 9, 2014 #8

    Ryan_m_b

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    I have several acquaintances that are full of hot hair. Any one of them would do nicely.
     
  10. May 9, 2014 #9

    Lisa!

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    Nothing since it ruins the joy of jumping!:wink:
     
  11. May 9, 2014 #10

    drizzle

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  12. May 9, 2014 #11

    jim hardy

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    Hmmm

    i'd look for something soft to land on.
     
  13. May 9, 2014 #12

    dlgoff

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    Funny. When I was a preteen a friend and myself talked his brother into jumping off his two story house with a bed sheet "parachute". Luckily he's still alive today.
     
  14. May 9, 2014 #13

    drizzle

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    Springs for myself. :p
     
  15. May 9, 2014 #14
    I would probably use a parachute.
     
  16. May 9, 2014 #15
    Assuming that all parachutes are already taken - what about big air mattress? Light, allows a bit gliding and would absorb tiny part of energy?

    (body would be easier to identify or not?)
     
  17. May 9, 2014 #16
    Funny :) or try to maneuver it to where they are under you on impact.
     
  18. May 9, 2014 #17
    If it were from a building, I suppose I would try to latch onto something like a window ledge on my way down. From a plane... I'd just close my eyes and think of happy thoughts haha
     
  19. May 9, 2014 #18
    I don't know, but perhaps a better strategy, rather than trying to slow your decent, is to put something underneath you to break your fall

    maybe a chair

    I'm not sure though
     
  20. May 9, 2014 #19

    dlgoff

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  21. May 9, 2014 #20

    lisab

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    Maybe I'd use MisterX.
     
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