Soaring parachutist takes selfie
Look, Ma, no vertebrae!
Another selfie with a different camera.A
paraglider, unlike the hang glider with its airframe, offers its operator virtually no assurance that it will maintain an aerodynamic shape in perfectly normal atmospheric turbulence, known in paraglider parlance as "A Freak Gust Of Wind (AFGOW)."
Paragliding offers the pilot the dubious opportunity to no longer be a pilot of anything whilst still in the air.
This is known as the "Helpless Falling Human Syndrome (HFHS)," precursor to the common "Paragliding Limp (PL)" or the immensely popular "He Died Doing What He Loved Funeral (HDDWHLF)."
A paraglider, unlike the hang glider with its airframe, offers its operator virtually no protection in a crash.
The laughable air-filled harness, known as the "Paraglider Planter (PP)," creates a sense of immortality in falls below 3 meters but provides virtually no protection - surprise! -above that.
A common myth is that the last thought of the soaring parachutist is "Oh boy, I'm about to die doing what I love!" but it is actually "Oh s**t, I wish I had an airframe! (OSIWIHAA-SPLAT)."