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Old 01-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
Barry Cooper
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Man falls 47 stories and lives

This wfs link describes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/04/ny...ed=1&th&emc=th

You just never know.
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

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Mrs. Moreno was asked more than once at the press conference why she believed her husband had survived. “He was trained,” she said “He knew what to do with the platform” — meaning, according to other window washers, lie flat and ride it down.
One time, in an elevator in college, my buddy was like "so if this thing goes into a freefall, what's the best way to survive?". Answers were thrown out like "jump up real hard at the last minute before impact" and things like that. I said "lie down flat, to distribute the force of impact on your body". Hey, I was a little tipsy at the time. After the laughter died down, my buddy was like "so, if you fell from a 10 story building, would you try and land flat on your back?".

So, is this article honestly saying the way to give yourself the best odds of survival in a freefall is to land flat on your back? I would think using your lower body as a "crush zone" to somewhat pad your head/neck would be best.
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:06 PM   #3
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

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So, is this article honestly saying the way to give yourself the best odds of survival in a freefall is to land flat on your back? I would think using your lower body as a "crush zone" to somewhat pad your head/neck would be best.
Nah, everything will compress and drive your spinal cord up through your brain stem and brain. Not such a good idea.

Dispersing the force is the best idea.
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Old 01-07-2008, 08:02 PM   #4
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Nah, everything will compress and drive your spinal cord up through your brain stem and brain. Not such a good idea.

Dispersing the force is the best idea.
Wow.. with interest, I'd say my college buddies owe me over 200,000 bottles of beer and some other not-so-friendly substances. whoops.. did I just say that? I wonder if I can convert that into CF seminars.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

This sounds like something for the Mythbusters
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Old 01-08-2008, 06:38 PM   #6
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

I met a man who fell QUITE a distance off of El Capitan when the part of the wall he was on sheared off. He hit feet first, and amazingly can walk, given that his leg bones pretty mush turned into shrapnel on impact. Crazy **** happens.

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Old 01-11-2008, 06:04 AM   #7
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

Skydivers spread their bodies out, as do vert riders.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:37 AM   #8
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Re: Man falls 47 stories and lives

I did a 12m high fall (thats about 40 feet, i think) no quite as high as 47 stories but high enough, from a cliff a few years back.
We where trained to land flat on our back with chin tucked in and slap on impact. Mind you we where landing on a pile of tyres with a crash mat on top set up by a stunt corrdinator, i dont sugest anyone try it at home
One of the trainee stunt girls who did it after me mess up , she landed feet first into the mat driving her knees up to her face, breaking her own nose ended up with a brusied spine and busted ankle.

My vote is for flat
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