Some inventors enjoy fame and glory. They become celebrities in their own right and go down in the history books as heroes. Well, that’s the goal, anyway. But there’s a whole collection of inventors who went down with their ships. Take Franz Reichelt, for example. This French tailor was testing his brand-new parachute invention by jumping from the Eifell Tower. And, well, things didn’t turn out the way he had hoped. But I must say, I seriously admire that kind of bravery and resolve.
Most of these photos speak for themselves. It’s pretty obvious to modern audiences what might go wrong in each situation.