Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jumper

Yesterday, a fellow ended his life by jumping from the Sunshine Skyway bridge. It was the 4th jump this year.
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On average, since this new bridge opened up, about 13 people jump a year. Most die, but usually what happens first is that they hit the water, break a bunch of bones and rupture organs and then they drown. About one a year actually survives and can live to tell about it. In fact, this was the 4th jump in 2009 and one of those four was a survivor.
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If you jump from the highest point, it takes about 3.5 seconds until you hit the water at an approximate speed of 75 miles an hour.


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Seems like a shitty way to do it and very painful, on the other hand, it is kind of a dramatic way to end it all.
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If you are that depressed and choose to kill yourself this way, I think you are trying to make a statement, and what I dont understand is why more people dont do flips and twists and stuff. They mostly just jump. I guess they are really depressed and I know when I am depressed I lose some of my creativity so maybe thats why more suicidal jumps dont also include flips and stuff. They just forget about adding the flair... on account of their depression.
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This is the 4th most jumped from bridge in the United States, and it is number one East of the Mississippi.
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* found these facts a http://www.jumperpool.com/

5 comments:

Brian in Mpls said...

Def. not the way I would choose to end it.

NTF said...

What is the most jumped from bridge? Golden Gate perhaps?

Bill From Gainesville said...

Brian --- I have never thought about suicide other then in a theoretical nature and I agree jumping would not be the way, The best way to do it in my opinion is putting a gun in your mouth and pulling the trigger. Pretty much instant death. no pain etc. or if their is pain it has got to be short lived.
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NTF-- Yes the golden Gate is number one, then some bridge in Washington state and some other bridge out in the west. The link I provided on the post is pretty cool. (in a morbid kind of way) They list them but I forgot already but I do remember that the Golden Gate is Number 1

Native Minnow said...

You are a terrible person for joking about doing flips and stuff on a suicide jump. I love it. In fact, I promise you this, should I ever decide to end my life, I'll climb to the highest bridge and see how many back flips I can get in before it's all over. Maybe I could even have someone film it and put it on YouTube ;-)

quin browne said...

there is an amazing documentary about jumpers from the golden gate bridge... from remote cameras, you actually see a few of the leaps.

although sobering, it's excellent to watch.