March 31, 2006

Human Catapult Parachuting
— Ace

Cool video, as a parachutist is bulleted into the air by the world's biggest wrist-rocket and then parachutes down.

The only thing that could possibly make this past-time more dangerous, I think, would be to strap an epileptic alligator to your chest while doing it.

Thanks to John.

Posted by: Ace at 11:38 AM | Comments (22)
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1 The ingenuity (spelling?) of boredom. Like turning an apple into a hashpipe. When you're bored? you will find a way to occupy your time.

I would side with the haspipe carpenters over the creation of machines designed for creative suicide, with the possibility of failure. Who needs kevorkian? we have extreme sports.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at March 31, 2006 11:59 AM (QTv8u)

2 Someone has waaaaay to much time on thier hands AND a death wish. Me, I'd rather walk into congress and yell "Free Pork!" and get trampled in the ensuing melee.

That being said, I wonder what kind of gees they are pulling on take off? Wouldn't want to grey out when you're supposed to be pulling the cord. Also, I wonder how they make sure the guy's center of gravity is right, so the catapult doesn't spin him like a quarter flipped off your thumb. (Well not that bad, they had the bungee rigged to the hammock such that you couldn't pitch too much, but still.)

Posted by: Larry the Urbanite at March 31, 2006 12:09 PM (Lpswv)

3 I guess he lightened the load by not wearing a reserve chute and got a few extra feet of altitude...'cause, you know, a reserve chute would've just been silly and are for pussies.

Posted by: PineCurtain at March 31, 2006 12:25 PM (PGt28)

4 Actually it looked like he had enough air for a reserve opening if the BASE rig was a Sorcerer/Dragon combination. The Sorcerer uses the failed main as the pilot for the reserve. Only need about 50' for a cutaway with full reserve opening with the Sorcerer.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 31, 2006 12:56 PM (WjdPM)

5 I demand that they install one of these on top of the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas (1,200 feet up). The four amusement ride they have up there are getting old. Better yet, they should set one up on that indian reservation with the new glass walkway above the canyon (3,000 feet up). That way we could all pretend to be Wile E. Coyote.

Posted by: jmchez (John) at March 31, 2006 01:30 PM (bYBss)

6 With an epiliptic alligator tied to his chest? Hell, he should try doing this in Congress, while black. Word to your mother, and all.

Posted by: Franklinstein at March 31, 2006 03:18 PM (TX1kW)

7 I'd like to see him try that with a glass of '94 Silver Oak Cab in one hand and a plate of brie in the other.

Posted by: CraigC at March 31, 2006 03:38 PM (la985)

8 I guess he earns the "E" for his BASE jumper designation.

Posted by: Steve O at March 31, 2006 04:58 PM (R0Csm)

9 That looked a lot like a modified Slingshot ride. I rode that once in Atlantic Beach, NC, and it was about the coolest thing ever did (until I parachuted from 10k feet in Mexico.) The big difference was that the ride stopped at the top and catapulted you back towards the ground, and then you bounced up and down for about 5 minutes (or so it seemed) until it was over.

I decided not to buy the video of my facial expressions when the ride was over. Still way awesome, though.

Posted by: wiserbud at March 31, 2006 05:43 PM (56ssE)

10 Where does he get those wonderful toys?

Posted by: El Capitan at March 31, 2006 06:04 PM (AoObI)

11 Go to that site and find the one with the dumbass who sticks his arm into a crocodile's mouth.

Posted by: George at March 31, 2006 07:02 PM (MjbpF)

12 That kills the wall keeping Mexicans out argument.

Posted by: scott at April 01, 2006 03:49 AM (wZLWV)

13 Video kinda reminds me of that old joke about those of us of the male gender here in the southern part of our nation:

Q: What are the last words of a redneck good ol' boy before passing on to the greater reward?

A: Hey, y'all .... watch this!!!!

Posted by: Stuart E. at April 01, 2006 05:52 AM (nCeBA)

14 @Stuart E.

You forgot the most important line: "Hold my beer!"

Posted by: Captain Ned at April 01, 2006 06:27 AM (osioG)

15 Damn, you're right. That does make it a better joke.

Either I forgot that part of it, or it's my southern Episcopalian upbringing. 'Twas raised to imbibe Scotch and move on to fine cigars after swearing off Lucky Strikes. Grabbin' a Blue Ribbon hasn't been in my routine since college days....

Posted by: Stuart E. at April 01, 2006 06:36 AM (nCeBA)

16 @Stuart E.

You're An EXTREME Redneck When.....

1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.

2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.

3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

4. You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.

5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.

6. Someone in your family died right after saying, "Hey, guys, watch this."

7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.

8. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

9. Your junior prom offered day care.

10. You think the last words of the "Star-Spangled Banner" are "Gentlemen, start your engines."

11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.

12. The Halloween Pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.

13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.

14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.

15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

16. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.

17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.

Posted by: RLS at April 01, 2006 09:31 AM (Lh7Vt)

17 On a larger scale, I believe this would be an excellent mechanism to send illegal Mexican's back South.

Posted by: Whitey at April 01, 2006 07:01 PM (LNkPR)

18 On a larger scale, I believe this would be an excellent mechanism to send illegal Mexican's back South. Without the chute of course...

Posted by: Whitey at April 01, 2006 07:02 PM (LNkPR)

19 As for as the physics of the video. I think that LIKELY!, there was a trailer shute, that would open automaticaly at a certain distance of travel.

As for "how he stayed lateral" or whatever the term was. It's easier to maintian a particular aspect, when traveling under a single accelerative direction. IE, All strands of the sling were going UP!, a uniform direction, whereas if they had been accelerating at 45 degree's or whatever, then all strands would be straing UPWARD, while simultaneously reacing forward. even a SINGLE strand tends to twist in a non linear path. Fall off of a rock with a support rope, and you will see what I mean. OR, get tugged, using a support line as a "swedish sling"/Harness, and you will realize, that anything that is not a static line, is not static. but going UP! or going DOWN! a measurable, and controled direction, there is a tendency of twisting.

(climbed rocks for about 2 years, not very well, my best was an 11B, but that was a fluke, everyday, I wouldn't tackle more than a 10.3b (I was good at overhang cracks))

Posted by: Wickedpinto at April 01, 2006 08:57 PM (QTv8u)

20 RLS:

18. Your front porch collapses and kills more than three dogs.

19. You cut the grass and find that danged '69 Camaro.

20. You carry a mason jar in your truck.

Posted by: CraigC at April 02, 2006 02:14 PM (la985)

21 21. You know what was in the mason jar before it was empty.

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