People acting squirrelly

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So the other day, my sister and brother in-law were visiting from California, and at one point got talking about these people who were dressing in “squirrel suits” and jumping off buildings and some of the cliffs out there.

So, I imagined what I would think most people imagined. Crazy people dressing up as giant squirrels (maybe some of them dressed up as chipmunks or rabbits or whatever) and climbing around and jumping off things. Like squirrels do.

But apparently they were talking about something else. Something that you have to be a bit squirrelly to do, but not exactly squirrel-looking. They were talking about this:


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0 thoughts on “People acting squirrelly

  1. Good question! I imagine the first dozen or so times this was invented it was a dead end!

    Actually, they are wearing little parachutes and they deploy them before they hit the ground. They can slow down with a squirrel suit but not enough to make a safe landing.

    Or so I’m told.

  2. Saw one of those squirrel suits on Top Gear (Brit TV programme) a few years ago. No cliffs around, though – he was just racing one of the presenters who was driving a Porsche Cayenne.

    How do they land?

    With a parachute. You can just see it open right at the end of the clip.

  3. Those make an appearance in one of the Tomb Raider movies (don’t recall which one). A daring escape ™ is made by putting those on and leaping from an under-construction skyscraper.

  4. Mike V: it was the second Tomb Raider, “The Cradle of Life”. That shows the switch to parachutes in order to land. Great scene. Real stunt, not CGI.

  5. I have seen flying squirrels in both North America and Africa, and the difference is if you drop even a regular squirrel about 40 times its body height it (usually) is uninjured, but if you do that to a person they (usually) don’t survive!

    Now, that video … I don’t know about that video …

    I prefer this one

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