10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Creations

It’s difficult to envision inventors not getting excited by their own inventions. After toiling for days, hours, or years on one’s creation, it must be thrilling to see something eventually come to life as it was pictured.

Nevertheless, some innovations never seem to function correctly. It’s not unheard of to spend lots of time working on something new, only to have it blow up in your face. For these unlucky few, that’s actually what happened to them. Their life’s work finally resulted in an early departure from life.

Franz Reichelt, 1879-1912

Franz Reichelt, 1879-1912.

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Austrian-born Franz Reichelt created what’s now jokingly referred to as the “Flying Taylor” – an aviator’s suit that was assumed to double as a parachute in the event of an emergency. Reichelt tested the suit himself by leaping from the top of the Eiffel Tower and falling to his demise.

Although, in a harsh twist of fate, later trials using dummies wearing the suit proved to be successful.

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