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The Parachute Jacket
German inventor Franz Reichelt was so confident in his 1912 parachute jacket that he jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test it out. His hubris was unfortunately unfounded and he fell to this death in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers. Franz had set up multiple cameras to capture the potentially amazing but ultimately deadly feat, making him the first of many idiots—think Jackass—to film himself doing something incredibly dumb (video below).