Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fire Ants to the Rescue

Joan Murray (skydiver) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Random skydiving GIF for visual interest.

I don't even ...
On September 25, 1999, Murray went on a skydive, jumping at 4400 meters. Her main parachute could not open, and although her backup parachute opened at 200 meters, it quickly deflated. She approached the ground at 130 kilometers per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating.
Not only did she survive. (Although I imagine she had plenty of adrenaline pumping from the whole plunging-to-her-certain-death part of the experience. The ant mount probably helped soften the ground -- but, WTF do I know?) She went skydiving again.

via r/todayilearned 

1 comment:

  1. Both native and Red Imported Fire Ants can sting. Red Imported Fire Ants are very aggressive and their sting can cause reactions ranging from irritation and nausea to even more severe reactions.There are two kinds of Red Imported fire ants control; the single-queen and multiple-queen types.


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