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wundayatta's avatar

If you were falling from a plane without a parachute, what would you be thinking?

Asked by wundayatta (58722points) July 17th, 2009
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dalepetrie's avatar

How do I pass out quickly so I don’t feel this?

Tink's avatar

I’d be thinking ”Where the hell is my parachute?!

janbb's avatar

ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhh sssssssshhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

sandystrachan's avatar

Am i dreaming , surely i wouldn’t be stupid enough to jump without a parachute.

Les's avatar

Hopefully I’d be falling from high enough that there wouldn’t be much thinking going on.

MrItty's avatar

“Not Again”

Grisaille's avatar


* Gasps for air *


dalepetrie's avatar

At least I’m not this person.

jfos's avatar

“I wonder if my spit would reach the ground faster than I do…”

jamielynn2328's avatar

Oh crap, I’m gonna die! May as well enjoy the ride….Weeeeeee!!

ratboy's avatar

Is it ”‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’” or is it ”‘i’ after ‘e’ except before ‘c’?”

According to Dr. Johnson: “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

bpeoples's avatar

I’d be along the lines of @jamielynn2328—“OMG OMG OMG” ... ” I wonder if I can do back flips?” And then try to figure out if I could steer myself towards something that I can land on nicely?

Apparently the odds are not in your favor, but it’s possible:

cheebdragon's avatar

“I wonder if I can see my house from here….”

CMaz's avatar

I would enjoy it while it lasted.

jonsblond's avatar

“I knew this was a bad idea.”

SirBailey's avatar

I hope they can’t see what I did in my pants!!

SirBailey's avatar

“I am NEVER having my Father-in-Law pack my chute again after this!!”

hug_of_war's avatar

Is this going to be one of those instant deaths or definitely fatal but in a slow and painful kind of way deaths?

jfos's avatar


sakura's avatar

Right where is that nice comfy hay stack???

robmandu's avatar

I’d be trying to eek every possible remembrance from this video in hopes of reproducing it.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

Shiiiiit where did he say that pillow factory was at again????

growler's avatar

“What kind of glide ratio do I have? If I spread out my arms and legs can I direct myself into something sort of soft? Is there anyone up here I can steal a ‘chute from? Hm, going to try gliding. I’m doing it, I’m doing-”

Judi's avatar

I was in a small plane once that was falling out of the sky in a sudden storm. My husband even said ” I’m sorry Judi, I’ve killed us.”
I was as surprised as anyone when the words from my mouth were ” You lord are amighty and powerful God, you are worthy of praise.”
I then turned to my husband and yelled “Fly the plane!”

CodexNecro's avatar

I’d probably accept my fate and make the best out of my last 30 or so seconds by trying to do flips and enjoying the view since this would be my first and final skydiving experience.

All this after pulling my ripcord (is that what they call that thing?) and being pretty surprised to see pots and pans coming out instead of a parachute.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

There is no way to know until you are in that situation. The absolutely certainty of immediate impending death triggers adrenaline and some other physiological responses.

Basically we’re in a totally different frame of mind now while reading fluther than we would be if we were seconds away from death.

dalepetrie's avatar

“Did ALL that feces floating around me come out of MY body?”

Ivan's avatar

I wonder what my terminal velocity is…

bcstrummer's avatar

Shoulda tapped that hot stewardess

CMaz's avatar

I have jumped out of a plane a few times. Thought the first time I did it you would think it would scare you to shit. But…

That flight or fight thing kicks in and since you can’t do either. At least for me, it was a total claming experience.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Well, shit, here goes nothing.

LostInParadise's avatar

George Pimpton visited my college and told a wonderful story related to this. Pimpton made a career of engaging in various activities, like football player, for which he was not trained and then wrote books about it. He told us of the time he decided to do skydiving. The crew told him about a hero of theirs, a French farmer who went for a flight in the private plane of a friend. The plane got into trouble and was clearly going to crash. In the last few seconds of his life, the farmer jumped out of the plane and did aerial stunts. Now don’t ask silly questions like who was around to observe this. It makes for an interesting attitude toward life, getting the most out of every moment.

Jude's avatar

This is gonna hurt!

Jack79's avatar

Hmmm…I wonder if there’s a bus stop near where I’ll land…or else I’ll have to walk back!

I actually fell from a pretty high place once (without a parachute). All I could think was my funeral, and who would come to it, and what would people say. I landed in a garden, and thought I had died (and apparently gone to heaven). And thought how cheesy and cliched it all was, what with the flowers and all.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

I wonder if I’ll bounce

mangeons's avatar

“I hope that there’s a pillow, rubber, and marshmallow fluff factory right below me”

musicman997's avatar

I would think its funny, and start laughing. haha

Bri_L's avatar

Screw this, I am reclining my seat!!!

Bluefreedom's avatar

“Did I leave the iron on?” And a few seconds later, “I can see my house from here!”

Blondesjon's avatar

I hate the no frills service with Quantas.

benjaminlevi's avatar

Might as well enjoy the fall…

filmfann's avatar

I would like to think I would say “Okay, Planet…It’s you or me!!!”

@Judi I remember reading the book “The Right Stuff”, in which Tom Wolfe talked about how test pilots would use The Jesus Maneuver. When they were about to crash, having exhausted all their tricks to avoid death, would let go of the controls, and say “Jesus, get me out of this”. According to Wolfe, it often would work.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


We never get to hear from the guys who discover it doesn’t work for them.

cheebdragon's avatar


cyn's avatar

Think like a bird. Think like a bird. Think like a bird!

whatthefluther's avatar

I can fly! Now who the hell is raising the ground up so fast? See ya…

Gfly's avatar

” I wonder if I turned the stove off”

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Well this is going to really screw up my day.

Hambayuti's avatar

Dang! (checking my pockets) And I also forgot my camera?!?...somebody better be taking pictures of this!!!!!...and I want copies!! (for Facebook, of course)

Fyrius's avatar

You’re all so concise. I bet my brain would jabber away at double speed if I’d be about to die and not shut up until it was spread across the pavement.

Oh crap, I’m falling from a plane without a parachute! Oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit.
Now what do I do? How do I get out of this alive? From this height it doesn’t even matter what I land on. Use my coat as a parachute? That probably won’t help at all.
I could try throwing myself at the ground and missing…

This is hopeless. I’m done for. Nobody survives a fall like this.
Well, it’ll be a quick death. That’s what I always hoped for. And I get to do skydiving as my last experience.

It’s a nice view from up here, too. Shame I can’t keep my eyes open for long with all this air rushing by. Should have brought goggles.

So, I’m about to die. My future has just been reduced to a matter of minutes. Darn, I don’t want to. That doesn’t suit me at all right now.
I’ve spent eighteen years of my twenty two year life getting educated to prepare for a future that now turns out to consist only of falling from a plane. What a wasted life.

Well, I’m going to find out now whether there’s an afterlife or not. That’s cool.
Maybe I’ll become a ghost. If I do, I’m going to haunt the internet. That would be awesome. /x/ would have a field day. And I could basically just continue my normal life, minus the physical body. And the people who care about me. Oh well, it’d be better than nothing.

…something like that.

Thammuz's avatar

Probably a huge lot of overthinking. And “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”

mangeons's avatar

“What was I doing in that plane in the first place?”

nebule's avatar

@robmandu love it!

I would be trying to think of ways that I could bottle the feeling of falling….

Fyrius's avatar

On second thought, I could also imagine my brain focusing on only one thought through the entire fall.


Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’d think “my god, I remember Daloon just asked about this very situation, cra-zy”

noodle_poodle's avatar

why was there ham in my pocket?

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Odd how I’m not being pulled toward the Earth below me but rather I’m being pushed toward it by the dent it creates in space time.

majorrich's avatar

I think I would be just like the bug hitting the windshield. The last thing to go through my mind would probably be my ass.

majorrich's avatar

perhaps I would be looking for the whale to suddenly appear. OK so I OD’d on hitch hikers giude

Strauss's avatar

Once I realized and got through the original feelings of surprise, fear, despair and anger, I would definitely think about the clothing/parachute adaptation mentioned above. But I think I would ultimately resign myself to fate, and think about those I love and have loved in my life.

Macaulay's avatar

I’d be thinking, “Every minute of every day I have a choice. To wish things could be better or be glad things aren’t be worse.”

Fyrius's avatar

Given the situation, maybe you should rephrase that in the past tense.

Fyrius's avatar

But you’re seconds away from becoming pavement paint.

Are you going to spend your last moments feeling thankful you’re not being attacked by squirrels while you’re falling to your death?

Macaulay's avatar

What better way to end it?

Fyrius's avatar

Well, fair enough.

I guess it’s not that hard to imagine being optimistic in that situation. I figure that if you get over the panic, falling to your death could actually be fun. Except the impact, but you won’t experience much of that part anyway.

Oh, here’s another thought. I’d feel sorry for the janitor who will have to clean me up.

JessicaisinLove's avatar

This is not going to hurt, my body won’t have time to process the pain before I pass out.
I wonder what time it is and what is on the dinner menu at the Hospital. Wow it’s gonna be great seeing everyone again. They are going to give me such a hard time for forgetting my parachute again.

trecero's avatar

I wonder what would happen if you streamlined your self and fell into some very deep water…...

JessicaisinLove's avatar

Have I been punked?? come on you guys, this is not funny.

JessicaisinLove's avatar

@majorrich—- hahahahahhaahaha perfect answer. hahahhaa

dalepetrie's avatar

did I leave the iron on?

aprilsimnel's avatar

@dalepetrie – No! No, I’m a fucking squirrel!

I’m sorry. I had to do it.

dalepetrie's avatar

@aprilsimnel – hadn’t heard that one before, thanks for posting!

ItsAHabit's avatar

I should have bought that life insurance!!!!!

tearsxsolitude's avatar

Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

MissAnthrope's avatar

Oh fuck, oh fuck, oh, fuck.. this is gonna hurt!.. oh fuck, oh god..

You get the picture.

fredTOG's avatar

why did i jump with out my parachute .

chelle21689's avatar

I’ll probably thinking about my loved ones.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I know I forgot something, but what was it? Smokes, check. Lighter, Check. Car keys, check. Smart phone, check. Pocket comb, check, Oh shit! My bad…

chinchin31's avatar

I think the adrenaline would make you lose consciousness. I actually read a true story of a girl that survived a plane crash. She remembers falling out of the plane and falling in and out of consciousness as her body descended. She does not even remember hitting the ground. I do not think you would have time to think. I think the adrenaline caused by fear would knock you out.

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