Register | Login


On December 26, 1783, a crowd gathered outside the observatory in Montpellier, a French city near the south coast on the Mediterranean Sea. They were about to witness the world’s first successful jump in a parachute.

The observatory was housed inside a tall mediaeval tower known as “Tour de la Babotte”. It is one of only two towers that survive from a time when Montpellier was encircled by ramparts. The tower is some 26 meters tall, and for a while it had been used as an observatory to study celestial phenomenon such as eclipses. But that December afternoon, the tower was being used for an entirely earthly purpose.

Louis-Sébastien Lenormand,


© Amusing Planet, 2019.


Loading...

Anping Bridge, China Longest Ancient Bridge
Anping Bridge, China Longest Ancient Bridge
The Floating Guangji Bridge
The Floating Guangji Bridge
Floating Markets of Southeast Asia
Floating Markets of Southeast Asia
A Statue Dedicated to Sex Workers in Amsterdam
A Statue Dedicated to Sex Workers in Amsterdam
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
The Story Behind Ukraine’s “Tunnel of Love”
The Story Behind Ukraine’s “Tunnel of Love”
The Toxic Town of Times Beach, Missouri
The Toxic Town of Times Beach, Missouri
Murud-Janjira Fort, India
Murud-Janjira Fort, India