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Can an Umbrella Really Slow You Down When Falling From the Sky? This Guy Tried and Filmed It

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Mary Poppins can do it, so why can't extreme sportsman Erik Roner?

Sponsored by GoPro -- the body-mounted camera that's given us so many point-of-view videos of skydives, seagull theft/flight and motorcycle accidents -- Roner jumps from a hot air balloon to see if the giant umbrella he's holding will slow him down enough when he's who knows how many feet above ground.

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(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

At one point even though it appears to be an industrial strength umbrella, the cloth flops upward, confirming what we always knew: it didn't work when you jumped off your front porch steps and it didn't work now.

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Roner hangs on for a few more minutes but eventually lets go of the metal and finishes the jump skydive style.

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Aftermath (Image: YouTube screenshot)

Watch the footage, which was all taken with GoPro Heros:

(H/T: Gizmodo)

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