A Doomed Statistician Spends His Last Moments Crunching Some Very Odd Numbers

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This quirky short from Campbell Hooper follows the inner monologue of a statistician who’s ejected from an airplane at what would obviously be a fatal altitude. Panic doesn’t factor in at all—in fact, Forty Three Thousand Feet is mostly a rumination on the past and the future, complete with an extended tangent about a time machine. It’s weirdly thought-provoking.

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If falling from such heights, the best option is to spread eagle as much as possible to increase your surface area, thus increasing air resistance and lowering your terminal velocity. In addition, landing on your belly is your best option as the increased surface area will more evenly distribute the force of impact across your body. Your belly will act as a bit if a shock absorber and your ribs, while likely being shattered, will help protect your more vital organs. Biggest issue is your head, in which case shortly before impact you put your arms in front of your face to protect your head.