TIL 18th century French chemist, physicist, and inventor Louis-Sebastien Lenormand is credited with the first witnessed descent with a parachute, and also with coining the term “parachute,” which literally means “against a fall.”

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-S%C3%A9bastien_Lenormand

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  1. This guy was testing his parachute with animals before he did it himself. First of all, that’s horrendous, secondly how many hogs did he have to chuck off a tower before moving to human testing? 😳

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