Friday, November 25, 2005


Eiffel Tower Death Jump – 1912

‘Franz Reichel, a mustachioed Austrian tailor, was killed leaping from the first deck in 1912 to test a tent-like parachute coat he had invented. He is said to have died of fright before hitting the ground.’

Nothing particularly gory. Grainy black and white footage of some guy wearing some strange looking thing hesitating for a few minutes before leaping off the tower and experiencing a rapid acceleration towards the ground. The parachute coat doesn’t appear to have any effect whatsoever on his descent.

(2.6meg Flash video)

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