by Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Friday 14 June 2013

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.