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(Metro)   If you need to get out of a bad boardroom meeting in your high-rise office, this is the way to go   ( metro.co.uk) divider line
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2013-05-08 12:41:32 AM  
2 votes:
I can only imagine how thousands of people jumping out of a building at the same time and then opening parachutes simultaneously would end up.
2013-05-08 02:44:05 AM  
1 vote:

swingerofbirches: My point is: why can't we do this for a human?

Humans won't fit in sour cream containers.
2013-05-08 02:35:37 AM  
1 vote:
...because there are so many occasions when one needs to leap from a building over 20 stories under circumstances when the stairs are not the better option. It's happened so many times around the world in the last 20 years.
2013-05-08 02:08:06 AM  
1 vote:
In 6th grade, we had an assignment where we had to invent a device capable of carrying an egg to safety from the top of our 3-story school building.

Unlike everyone else, I didn't use a parachute.

And it worked perfectly.

Here's how I did it (and I didn't get any help):

I took a large sour cream container and dumped out the sour cream and then washed it out.

Next, I took that type of netting that comes around turkeys. I poked a hole in both the center of the lid of the sour cream container and the center of the bottom of it. I pulled the netting through each hole and tied a knot on the side with the lid. I then placed the egg in the said netting.

I pinched off an area both above and below the egg in the netting that formed a cocoon for the egg. Basically, the egg ended up being suspended in the netting once I pulled the string through the other side of the container and tied a knot.

If you dropped it, it couldn't hit any of the sides of the container.

But as a fail safe, I also put packing peanuts in around it.

The egg survived.

My point is: why can't we do this for a human?

/I'd like to re-iterate I didn't get any help. It's something I can hold onto. And also this was before the WWW, no looking things up online. I did it all by myself.
2013-05-08 01:02:44 AM  
1 vote:
A golden parachute for the CEO?
2013-05-08 12:18:10 AM  
1 vote:
This would be a funny idea if office buildings had windows from which you could jump. But as it is, these glass and steel towers are shut tight and the only air that's let in is through the HVAC systems sucking in the polluted city air from the outside and intermingling it with the sweaty stench of the engineering department. I've even left bars of Irish Spring outside the elevator doors for them, just to give them a push. I came back two days later and they had built a pyramid out of the soap and it must have been 100 soda cans. The smell was no better. They live in squalor and reek to high heaven, and I can't imagine they're very healthy. One guy comes up to the exec floor every now and then sniffling and dragging some sort of pillow doll behind him. I see him at meetings every now and then, guzzling a soft drink and nuzzling that goddamned pillow. We can't fire him because he apparently knows the entire network and he works for very little pay, only taking the free drinks and free chips. I have been thinking of proposing that we do away with these things in an effort to promote a healthier workplace, but I really just want the engineering floors to stop smelling like a zoo.
2013-05-08 12:13:28 AM  
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