My wife and I were talking the other day and she mentioned that both her brothers had injured themselves jumping off buildings because they either 1.) thought they could fly or 2.) thought a sheet would double as a parachute. She ended her diatribe saying, "Doesn’t that prove how stupid my brothers are?
Far be it from me to defend her brothers’ intelligence, but I had to admit that I too had tried to defy gravity on a low-tech basis. I made wings out of cardboard (almost ripped my arms off that time) and used a sheet as a parachute (it was my fingers that hurt that time - I actually tried that twice. The second time was with the sheet from my parents’ bed. I figured I just needed more material to compensate for my weight. In my own defense, after the first attempt, my older sister was the one who said I almost had it. Yeah, I know, it was my older SISTER!). Fortunately, I lived on a ranch and we had a barn and I landed on hay.
Anyway, despite what my wife said, I think many people feel the need to test their ground-based perspective and pull stunts like her brothers and I did. How many of you have tried something similar? Any success? Any interesting failures?