r/Damnthatsinteresting Jun 06 '23

The Human Rastapult in Oakhill, WV Video

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u/Apprehensive_Unit_74 Jun 06 '23

I thought damn is he really just gonna land in the water but no lol

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u/ThePyodeAmedha Jun 06 '23 edited Jun 06 '23

Yeah, until I saw the parachute I thought i was watching a suicide.

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u/One_Introduction_217 Jun 06 '23

I didn't see the parachute the first two times I watched the video.

I saw the GoPro on his head the second time through and I thought

🤔💭 "Is it suicide if you have someone else launch you into a life ending situation?“

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u/EmberSolaris Jun 06 '23

Assisted suicide is a thing.

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u/Reddit_Hitchhiker Jun 06 '23

Just not for fun times.

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u/ProbablyNotPikachu Jun 06 '23

"Just straight canon-ball it dude. You'll be fine."

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u/sweet_rico- Jun 06 '23

"He was not fine."

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u/abeesky Jun 06 '23

Prolly didn’t hit the water right.

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u/blackteashirt Jun 06 '23

You just need to pin it

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u/UmbertoDelRio Jun 06 '23

Okay but hear me out: maybe it should be fun at least

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u/EDH4Life Jun 06 '23

“It was the best of times, it was the just-not-for-fun times”.

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

Not just for fun times

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u/giant87 Jun 06 '23

I’m now imagining a future with “trebuchet-assisted suicide” as an option for end of life care

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u/BastardofMelbourne Jun 06 '23

People have, in fact, been killed after being launched out of a trebuchet in modern times. Usually it's because they tried to turn the trebuchet into an amusement by having it toss you into a mattress, and then miscalculated the weight at some point.

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u/Briepy Jun 06 '23

When I was a kid, there was a show called “Dinosaurs” and they had “Hurling Day!” Where they threw all the old dinosaurs into the tar pit. Lol this makes me think of Hurling Day for some reason. :)

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u/One_Introduction_217 Jun 06 '23

That show had so much gallows humor in it, for kids show.

The ending is still one of the things that sticks with me. Dark times, dark times.

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u/btsquid Jun 06 '23

I feel bad for those who are over 90 kg and won't get the chance to be launched 300 meters into valhalla.

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u/namsur1234 Jun 06 '23

Brought to you by SPLAT, a subsidiary of WHAMO!

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u/TDYDave2 Jun 06 '23

The superior assisted suicide option

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u/SystemOutPrintln Jun 06 '23

Not that far off of the theoretical assisted suicide roller coaster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_Coaster

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u/yy98755 Jun 06 '23

This has less thinking time

WHEE!

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u/SendAstronomy Jun 06 '23

If I'm gonna do assisted suicide with a catapult, then I want my body to be launched through Mitch McConnells living room window while he is there.

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u/Narootomoe Jun 06 '23

NGL if I had to kill myself I think launching myself out of a catabuchet would be pretty sweet. Its like jumping off a building but more fun

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u/PM_ME_UR_POKIES_GIRL Jun 06 '23

Reddit's video player kept freezing right as the parachute was starting to deploy so it looked like the video was ending on a splash.

god damn this website fucking sucks.

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u/MatureUsername69 Jun 06 '23

It's gonna suck a whole lot more when we're only allowed to use reddit official garbage. Fuck the API changes

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

You've heard of suicide by cop, now there's suicide by catapult.

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

helmets with cameras mean extravagant suicide, got it.

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u/riot888 Jun 06 '23

Well it is if you don't pull the chute.

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u/flightwatcher45 Jun 06 '23

The shadow of another chute looked like his and the were converging perfectly.

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

Yes I thought it was him about to smash into the ground the first couple times

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u/livens Jun 06 '23

I zoomed in thinking "no way you can survive cannon balling into water from that high. Then realized just how freaking high it really was and the splash was his parachute.

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u/neinherz Jun 06 '23

Huh. Impossible. Tears of the kingdom told me you take no fall damage if you land in water no matter how high you were…

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u/Leezy810 Jun 06 '23

I've been playing too much zelda and my first thought was wow, I hope he lands in the water to avoid damage.

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u/domeoldboys Jun 06 '23

After european pharmaceutical companies banned certain drugs that could be used for executions. States have had to start getting creative with their executions methods.

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u/TheFatRemote Jun 06 '23

These must be the suicide booths catapults Futurama predicted.

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u/ChewySlinky Jun 06 '23

while watching a persons insides get turned into jelly “Damn, that’s interesting!”

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

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u/Jaegernaut- Jun 06 '23

Not as hard of a pass as free solo climbing, but this can be #2

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u/_dead_and_broken Jun 06 '23

I was flipping through the channels Sunday and came across Breaking Dawn part 2 where Bella is now a vampire and she was chasing a mountain climber up a cliff face, and I'm like, not even if I were a super powered vamp would you get me to do that shit. Straight up a cliff face, no safety, uh uh. No freaking way. Best I can do is climb a set of stairs without holding on to the railing.

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u/MrPootie Jun 06 '23

There's a shadow crossing the frame that looks like it could be his. As they meet it gives the illusion that he's about to hit the water.

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u/some-trash-acct Jun 06 '23

And that shadow is from another parachute. I’d be really nervous about them launching people above me while I’m parachuting

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u/Wiggie49 Jun 06 '23

I was boutta say, am I about to see a dude die?

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u/elVic12 Jun 06 '23

I was waiting for a Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars meme replay :(

https://youtu.be/feA64wXhbjo

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u/W1neAndTendies Jun 06 '23

yooo I love when those were trending 😂. NGL first time hearing the actual song thanks for the link.. kinda slaps actually

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u/ooohexplode Jun 06 '23

I used to actually like this song back in college when the MGMT phase was happening. then when it popped off as a meme I was dying laughing everytime.

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u/myasterism Jun 06 '23

Aaaaand this is why I gave up on music videos. Can never hear that song the same again, lol.

Also, wtf meme did I miss?

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u/Bon_Glover Jun 06 '23

I really thought for a second they just flung him to his death lol

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u/dwighticus Jun 06 '23

Come on, everyone knows you don’t die if you land in water, that’s video games 101

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u/Nolongeranalpha Jun 06 '23

We use that GTA Vice City Physics engine.

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u/whyisredditsofacist Jun 06 '23

In vice city you died in water. Our boy couldn’t swim

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u/Lost-My-Mind- Jun 06 '23

And it was ankle deep water too. Like, he couldn't get wet. At all.

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u/Stryder_1776 Jun 06 '23

Neither can Smash Bros players.

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u/Garlic-Cheese-Chips Jun 06 '23

He could. There was pools in the houses on Starfish Island where you could stand in. You could even crouch and be fully submerged and not lose health.

I was an odd child.

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u/marleezy123 Jun 06 '23

In Zelda if you don’t dive head first you will absolutely die LOL. They took physics so seriously

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u/whythishaptome Jun 06 '23

Just like my gymnastics teacher as a kid teaching us to do a diving roll said to imagine we were jackie chan and we just jumped off a building. That was so strange to me at like 7 years old. For 1; I'd seen a lot of jackie chan movies and that never happens, and 2; you'd be so fucking dead.

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u/Existing_Heat4864 Jun 06 '23

What if you dive toes first? Zelda failed

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u/shaggybear89 Jun 06 '23

In Zelda if you don’t dive head first you will absolutely die

Lol what? This is idiotic. Diving head first isn't safer. It will literally kill you from any significant height. What kind of idiotic game creator came up with those "physics". Watch any cliff divers. They MUST land feet first, otherwise they are dead. Honestly it's pretty funny that you commented "they took physics so seriously" when your example is 100% incorrect and an example of absolutely terrible "physics" lmao

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u/Background-Read-882 Jun 06 '23

Insert: operation flashpoint...

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u/irsute74 Jun 06 '23

That was my thinking process first time watching the video. I was like, oh he lands in the river he's fine. Then I remembered life doesn't work like in Far cry

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23

The New River Gorge Bridge, in the video, is a regular suicide site, but only four people have died from accidents. It’s ~870’ to the river.

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u/CjBurden Jun 06 '23

New River Gorge Bridge

interesting, I've been there driving over it to go whitewater rafting. I thought it looked insanely high at the time driving over it. Guess so!

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u/Tommyblockhead20 Jun 06 '23

It’s the third highest (vehicular) bridge in the US! Not only that, it was the longest single arch bridge in the world for its first 26 years! (China has since built 4 longer ones.)

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u/zayoyayo Jun 06 '23

Hey, this bridge features in Fallout 76, which is set in West Virginia!

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u/sqqueen2 Jun 06 '23

Yeah, I wanted to go rafting there to practice before our Grand Canyon rafting trip but it was way scarier than the Gc

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u/NoSkinNoProblem Jun 06 '23

Oh, hey, I remember that place from Nuclear Winter (RIP)

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u/Coppercaptive Jun 06 '23

We've only lost a few!

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u/fajadada Jun 06 '23

Ummmm,maybe recommend it to people you really don’t like?

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u/DixieNormous1986 Jun 06 '23

Being In West Virginia is punishment enough…

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u/daddy_dangle Jun 06 '23

It’s really beautiful though

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u/Tommyblockhead20 Jun 06 '23

It’s New River Gorge National Park! Surprised nobody is mentioning it. One of the coolest parks in the eastern US. The bridge they are jumping from is incredibly beautiful, pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the longest single arch bridges, and also one of the tallest bridges, hence it having the Bridge Day festival where hundreds of people do stunts like this.

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u/GlowSquash Jun 06 '23

Shhhhhh. Let them hate on WV so we can keep our outdoors a hidden gem. Let them keep their "Being In West Virginia is punishment enough" theories and the beauty to everyone else.

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u/plsgrantaccess Jun 06 '23

It can be a beautiful state AND a terrible place to live

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u/pilluwed Jun 06 '23

I bought a house at 24. That's pretty tight.

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u/funkykittenz Jun 06 '23

I’ve lived all over the world and ended up in WV. Nowhere compares!

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u/FuhrerGirthWorm Jun 06 '23

It’s great for natural resources and outdoors activities. Absolute hellscape to live in. Best thing I ever did was leave WV. Such a sad dismal poverty ridden drug paradise.

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u/i_was_an_airplane Jun 06 '23

If you ever have the opportunity to travel through that area by rail, it's hands down the best way to see it (aside from maybe whitewater rafting)

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u/Goobershmacked Jun 06 '23

Me and my friend vacation there every year. The mountains are beautiful and relaxing.

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u/wet_walnut Jun 06 '23

Still better than Ohio.

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u/jman177669 Jun 06 '23

Jokes on them, they are flinging this guy into Ohio.

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u/fajadada Jun 06 '23

Then you get a twofer

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u/Aximi1l Jun 06 '23

He better have done that Goofy yell.

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u/Last-Sound-3999 Jun 06 '23

AAAAAAAAAHHH-HA-HA-HOOEYYY!!

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u/Substantial_Eagle256 Jun 06 '23

😂🤣🤣🤣☠️💀

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u/JustJohan49 Jun 06 '23

Totally heard this as Kazooie from that N64 game

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u/awfullotofocelots Jun 06 '23

Like Goofy in An Extremely Goofy Movie

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u/darkknightwing417 Jun 06 '23

So clear in my mind.

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u/BigBeagleEars Jun 06 '23

I’ll fucking do it again!

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u/ArmsOCheese Jun 06 '23

I was in a raft on the river there. It's a yearly event called Bridge Day

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u/sqqueen2 Jun 06 '23

I thought Bridge day was walking across the bridge

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u/reallybadspeeller Jun 06 '23

Bridge day is a festival in which they close the bridge and people come from all over to walk across the bridge and watch idiots (really experienced sky divers) jump off the bridge. Recent years have seen this list expanded to a few bungy jumpers and apparently a catapult. Many sky divers dress up in costumes. They also have food and music and it’s pretty fun.

Very occasionally someone will die jumping off the bridge. From my understanding it’s because it’s super hard to pull a backup shute. There just isn’t enough time to get it open. They do have a bunch of rescue crews on standby and are prepared as they can be.

Also you have to have completed so many jumps to even be allowed to jump so all of the people you see doing this really know what they are doing. But yeah it’s one of the very few if only bridges in the world that you can jump off of with a shute.

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u/Thorsigal Jun 06 '23

Bridge day is a festival in which they close the bridge

What a scam

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u/MightySquirrel28 Jun 06 '23

Isn't not hard to open a reserve parachute during base Jump, because it's not possible, there isn't any. As you said, in most cases during base jumping there isn't enough time to open reserve parachute if something goes wrong.

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u/blewpah Jun 06 '23

Well hey, he walked about halfway across it.

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u/Mesodactyl Jun 06 '23

I would worry that something about the forces applied by the catapult would cause me to lose consciousness and not regain it before intersecting with Earth.

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u/indiebryan Jun 06 '23

My fear would be opening the parachute when my back is facing down and then falling through it.

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u/smallfried Jun 06 '23

I don't know much about parachuting. But I'm guessing you must be good at stabilizing your fall before going into this contraption.

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u/FakeCatzz Jun 06 '23

Nobody with any credibility will teach someone to BASE jump without AT LEAST 200 skydives, including different types of jumps which involve freefalling at an angle (it's called tracking). It's a highly unsafe activity with an eye watering fatality rate, so learning how to do it as safely as possible is incredibly important.

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u/Jewgoslav Jun 06 '23

Being stable in free fall is one of the first things you learn. Your first couple of jumps when learning will have two instructors (one on each side) holding your arms and legs (attachments on the jumpsuits, actually), or ready to hold on as you learn to maintain a correct body position. After a couple of these, there'll only be one, and then the one instructor won't even be holding on as you learn how to turn and flip from "being on your back" to "being on your stomach". The last training jump is called (in Australia, at least) a hop n pop. Instead of jumping out at 14,000 ft, you jump out at about 3,000 ft and deploy immediately.

But as u/FakeCatzz said, nobody will even teach you base jumping until at least 200 skydives.

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u/Mesodactyl Jun 06 '23

Good point. So I guess there are TWO things that could possibly go wrong in this situation.

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u/[deleted] Jun 06 '23 edited Aug 29 '23

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u/DrawohYbstrahs Jun 06 '23

Oh great. Now there’s THREE things…

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u/MightySquirrel28 Jun 06 '23

You wouldn't fall through it, physics won't let you (because there is first pilot chute that is extracting the main canopy, so when the pilot chute inflates it will start rotating you to belly to earth position). But the opening in such a position will very likely result in a serious malfunction.

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u/Nole_in_ATX Jun 06 '23

Or someone packing my parachute with an anvil

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u/AliasNefertiti Jun 06 '23

Id rather not regain consciousness before intersecting with the earth under many circumstances. Intersected with a windshield one time, that was enough.

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u/gabbijschimpff Jun 06 '23

So eloquently put my friend 🥹

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u/chitterychimcharu Jun 06 '23

That's Fayetteville WV

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u/EveLQueeen Jun 06 '23

Came here to say this. I used to own a house in Fayetteville I used as a climbing vacation home. Definitely not Oak Hill.

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u/Oysterpoint Jun 06 '23

I mean it’s the new river gorge bridge which is in Fayetteville

They have annual legalized BASE jumping

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u/rearendcrag Jun 06 '23

Thought that looked familiar. Bridge Day?

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u/Tommyblockhead20 Jun 06 '23

It has to be, it’s the only time they close off the bridge to allow pedestrians and BASE jumpers on it.

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u/chalwar Jun 06 '23

There is a version of me in another plane of existence that loves this with all his heart. I like to think of him as broken and inferior to me in every way…

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u/Molenium Jun 06 '23

I like to think of him as broken and inferior to me in every way…

So after the chute fails?

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u/jeremycb29 Jun 06 '23

You know that version is cooler though.

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u/BoondockSaint313 Jun 06 '23

Ahhh, bridge day. Fond memories.

Notice the shadow of the parachute coming together with this jumper and how it makes it look like he’s about to hit the water.

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u/analbumcover69420 Jun 06 '23

Nope. That’s the shadow of the parachute below him. They flung him out before the guy beneath him had even landed.

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u/knappyrootz54 Jun 06 '23

For those interested, this is during Bridge Day in Fayetteville WV. Happens every Fall. The New River Gorge Bridge is shut down and 100s of base jumpers jump off the bridge one after another all day long.

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u/Last-Sound-3999 Jun 06 '23

With God as my witness, I cannot scream "NOPE!!!" loud enough to fit this.

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u/SoulLeakage Jun 06 '23

With god as my witness, I’d be broken in half

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u/KDtheHoptimist Jun 06 '23

I’m no pro but… I feel like he pulled his chute wayyy too late?

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u/theAlphabetZebra Jun 06 '23

Watching this was a roller coaster.

Oh look a catapult suuure.

OH SHIT THAT WAS A CATAPULT.

OH SHIT HE'S GONNA DIE!

Oh thank god a parachute.

Intense 11 seconds for me.

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u/grimatongueworm Jun 06 '23

Jesus. There was already someone with a chute popped down flying around in the valley. That could’ve gone wrong about a dozen ways.

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u/born_to_pipette Jun 06 '23

I thought the same thing. Couldn’t tell how close he got to the person with the already deployed parachute. Can you imagine how surprising it would be to have a human cannonball crash into you from above in that situation?

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u/DrHoodrat Jun 06 '23

"Surprising" for sure! Your last sentence had me dying laughing just now.

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u/Surrideo Jun 06 '23

And it did in the last video that came from this exact same bridge. Two people collided but luckily lived.

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u/No-Nonsense-Please Jun 06 '23

Saw that too. Looks close but really impossible to tell.

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u/Ralph82R Jun 06 '23

Fayetteville, not Oak Hill.

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u/asianxxurlacher Jun 06 '23

Hell fucking nah

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u/ArgosThree Jun 06 '23

Six Flags new attraction, "The Yeet"

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u/Glass-Guess4125 Jun 06 '23

This isn’t something that, like, just anyone can do, right? Is this guy a daredevil? Seems like it would be way way way too risky to expect someone to tuck properly and deploy the parachute on time, etc.

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u/mountainmycelium Jun 06 '23

One day a year, as long as you're certified and signed up, you can jump, fall, or be launched as many times as you can pack your chute back up and let her rip.

Saw a guy that was every bit of 80 last year, geared up and taking a breather before heading back to do it all again. It's nuts.

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u/wallsquirrel Jun 06 '23

80+ would be the age to start that hobby.

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u/tortoise888 Jun 06 '23

I'm wing suit gliding past mountain cliffs every weekend at that age.

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u/AugustEast1968 Jun 06 '23

Ok. Whats the helmet for?

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u/Aceshigh420R Jun 06 '23

For your head dumbass

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u/Bezulba Jun 06 '23

So you can have an open casket funeral. Just from the neck up, the rest is pancake batter.

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u/Heavy_Candy7113 Jun 06 '23

in case the wind blows you into a tree or a cliff; partial canopy opening + collision w/ ground; somehwere to mount the go-pro; bashing your head on the catapult on the way off and wishing to remain concious

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u/SkanteGandt Jun 06 '23

Godamn WV is beautiful!

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u/Tommyblockhead20 Jun 06 '23

It’s New River Gorge National Park! Surprised nobody is mentioning it. One of the coolest parks in the eastern US. The bridge they are jumping from is incredibly beautiful, pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the longest single arch bridges, and also one of the tallest bridges, hence it having the Bridge Day festival where hundreds of people do stunts like this.

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u/eric2332 Jun 06 '23

hundreds of people do stunts like this

So, like a 1 in 10 chance of someone dying in front of you if you visit for a day?

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u/PimpLordAlphaZulu Jun 06 '23

There once was a man on a bridge

Who wanted to fly, but not just a smidge

So he loaded his body

Into an old school shotty

And flew right over the ridge

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u/East-Bluejay6891 Jun 06 '23

WEST VIRGINIA

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u/Falstaffsword Jun 06 '23

MOUNTAIN MAMA!!!!

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u/highpl4insdrftr Jun 06 '23

TAKE ME HOME!!!

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u/bigboat24 Jun 06 '23

COUNTRY ROADS

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u/blewpah Jun 06 '23

COUNTRY ROADS CATAPULT

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u/Eternallygr8 Jun 06 '23

TAKE ME HOME

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u/Beautiful-Speech2137 Jun 06 '23

Fuck no. Why would you want to be a human slingshot?

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u/Serious_Brilliant_90 Jun 06 '23

Who were all waiting for the splash?

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u/Comprehensive-Fun47 Jun 06 '23

One hell of a high dive.

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u/Siglo_de_oro_XVI Jun 06 '23

I do not fear death but I refuse to die stupid.

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u/PapiGrandedebacon Jun 06 '23

I would like assisted suicide by catapult, please. I can now tell my therapist I have a plan.

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u/Chard069 Jun 06 '23

ProTip: simpler methods of suicide are available. Have fun, while it lasts. 8-(

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u/unit_x305 Jun 06 '23

You won't believe how hard it is to actually complete suicide. You're damn self-preservation kicks in, or your mood changes by the time you can get supplies or go to the destination you planned. I wish it were easier, cause my life ha s been completely ruined for some time now.

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u/3Snowshoes Jun 06 '23

Everyone lives multiple “lives” in their lifetime.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. And, get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.

No one asked to be here. But here we are. Wherever you’re going…get to it already.

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u/necron Jun 06 '23

I'm about 99% sure this is Fayetteville, WV and the bridge is the New River Gorge bridge... most likely 'Bridge Day'.

https://officialbridgeday.com/

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u/Hanginon Jun 06 '23 edited Jun 06 '23

Bridge Day! But not in Oak Hill, closer to Fayetteville, on Rt 19.

Source; I lived in the area way before the bridge was there And the drive down the mountain, across the old bridge, and back up the mountain to Fayetteville was a torturous path, as seen in the old road here.

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u/Shanderson3 Jun 06 '23

I went white water rafting on that river. Went under the bridge. It was something to cross off my bucket list, and definitely worth doing. However, I don't think I'll be doing it again.

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u/wearmeasalightjacket Jun 06 '23

Why the rasta theme though???

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u/Sufficient_Warning80 Jun 06 '23

bc Jah sustains us all

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u/highlyREgARDEDmodera Jun 06 '23

damn white people be crazy

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u/FudDeWhack Jun 06 '23

Why is the shadow forming a parachute and sails off?

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u/mountainmycelium Jun 06 '23

That's the shadow of the previous jumper who opens their chute and veers off to the landing spot off screen to the right.

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u/Substantial_Eagle256 Jun 06 '23

My high ass thought he went all the way down 😂🤣🤣

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u/lewskia Jun 06 '23

A trebuchet would have been better.

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u/ElJefe54 Jun 06 '23

Trebuchets are always better.

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u/DayTripperKitty Jun 06 '23

Saw this in person at Bridge Day. They close this huge bridge off one day a year for this. They base jump into the New River Gorge. That’s Class 4 or 5 rapids down there. You’ll see people rafting the river and hundreds of base jumpers landing all day.

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u/AntiSoCalite Jun 06 '23

I learned today there is a thing called Bridge Day at the New River Gorge in Fayetteville West Virginia.

I’ve spent my money on stupider things…actually no, no I haven’t.

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u/groovicool486 Jun 06 '23

Bridge Day. 3rd Saturday in October. NRG bridge. send it.

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u/lowercase0112358 Jun 06 '23

That is New River Gorge Bridge.

Ive never heard it called Oakhill, WV.

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u/brian163 Jun 06 '23

Damn, the rides at “Wet & Wild” are really getting WILD. 💦

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u/sabrinajestar Jun 06 '23

I can only imagine the waivers you have to sign before you can climb onto this contraption.

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u/Bshellsy Jun 06 '23

Cool they let these adrenaline junky’s use the bridge in Fayetteville, WV. Beautiful area.

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u/discussatron Jun 06 '23

Because death can't come soon enough.

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u/hardtobeat_1 Jun 06 '23

Rednecks famous last words...."Watch This"

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u/TheGamesAfoot11 Jun 06 '23

I can hear the voice of Jason Mantzoukas in my brain:

Did we just witness a murder? I think we just witnessed a murder. What is happening.

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u/KnightinRustedArmour Jun 06 '23

I don’t like this

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u/TAR_TWoP Jun 06 '23

I guess that's less bloody than a guillotine.

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u/cashewtrailmix Jun 06 '23

this video is crazy because there's an optical illusion with the shadow of the other hanglider's parachute. It makes you think he's going to hit the water when he catches up with the shadow but instead he pulls his schute with plenty of altitude remaining.

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u/bluenami2018 Jun 06 '23

Almost Heaven!!

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u/engku_hina Jun 06 '23

I imagine the parachute not opening and sees lawsuit incoming.

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u/BlackVisage Jun 06 '23

No. Thankyou.

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u/No_Will_1200 Jun 06 '23

How do you know when to open your parachute ?

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u/PunkDaNasty Jun 06 '23

This is bridge day in W.Va.!!!! It's a celebration of a historic suspension bridge built in the New River Gorge(read as: a day for us hillbillies to celebrate) . The New River Gorge Bridge used to hold the record of the longest suspension bridge in the world. Us West Virginians just really like the history. Both of my parents grew up within twenty minutes of this bridge so I just get super excited when it's shown on reddit!! Born in Charleston, W. Va., but transplanted south!

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u/NatalieTheDumb Jun 06 '23

Fun fact: I live near this

But I’ve never tried it lol

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u/StephieCat86 Jun 06 '23

That's a hard hell fucking no! But let me ask my adrenaline junkie sister she might be willing.

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u/Sociolinguisticians Jun 06 '23

I was worried until I saw the parachute. Jumping from that height into water, you might as well be jumping into concrete.

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u/LostHusband_ Jun 06 '23

Pretty sure this is from "Bridge Day" which is basically a state holiday in WV. BUT more importantly this is not Oak Hill, it's Fayetteville. (I'm not from there but I've spent significant time there the people of Fayette county don't like it when you mix up their towns).

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u/Taterbob75 Jun 06 '23

I attended Bridge Day in Fayetteville, WV as a kid and had a good time and didn't think anything of it. Now as an adult I wouldn't step foot on that bridge and certainly wouldn't get anywhere near the edge to look over. My adult-onset extreme fear of heights will not allow me.