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Old 22 December 2018, 04:01 PM
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Glasses Researchers Show Parachutes Donít Work, But Thereís A Catch

Research published in a major medical journal concludes that a parachute is no more effective than an empty backpack at protecting you from harm if you have to jump from an aircraft.

But before you leap to any rash conclusions, you had better hear the whole story.
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Old 22 December 2018, 09:19 PM
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That is a great study, and a great way of showing the problem of just reading the headlines.
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Old 23 December 2018, 01:49 AM
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Also a nice way of illustrating some basic flaws in methodology -- though of course they're usually a bit more subtle....
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Old 23 December 2018, 11:36 PM
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S'mai bawb:

An interesting article that demonstrates that the devil is in the details (or the assumptions that a reader might make given the study's title). But at least I can cite a study that shows that backpacks are as effective as parachutes when jumping out of an airplane (at least from two feet).

Ta ra 'wan,

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Old 24 December 2018, 12:31 AM
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Reminds me of an old joke:

An important business man, a priest, and a boy scout are in a small plane flying over the country side. The engine stops and the pilot runs to the back of the airplane and throws 2 parachutes on the floor as he opens the back door and jumps. The important business man jumps up and grabs one of the parachutes proclaiming that he is too important to die and jumps. The priest says to the boy scout "you are too young to die,so take the last parachute and save yourself." The boy scout says "It's okay father, we are both safe. Mr. Important businessman took my backpack."
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Old 24 December 2018, 12:46 AM
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I lol'd. And some characters.
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