When someone mentions “Mary Poppins,” the first thing that usually comes to mind is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” quickly followed by a magical English nanny flying in on an umbrella to save the day.
With “Mary Poppins” in mind, Erik Roner, a professional extreme athlete, decided to throw caution to the wind and test out the flying capabilities of his own umbrella. In less than 10 seconds, the umbrella fell victim to wind pressure and flipped inside out.
Roner quickly said goodbye to his umbrella and landed with the help of a parachute. After landing safely, he joked, ”You’re welcome science. That was a big step forward. NASA is going to be able to use that one for years to come.”
Roner’s latest stunt may have been inspired by a Disney movie, as well. On Thursday, he “blobbed” off a 700-foot building in Panama City, an extreme take on a feat done by kids in the ’90s film “Heavyweights.” Blobbing is when someone jumps onto an oversized floating device that propels them into the air before they hit a body of water.
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