(29 September 2002, United Kingdom) The Parisian Yamakasi craze, a
building-jumping fad inspired by wire stunts in action films, has been
likened to a martial art by its practitioners. This urban "art form" was
the inspiration for a television advertisement wherein an office worker
travels home by leaping between buildings, over fences, and around
Sometimes life imitates art.
Marc, 22, decided to engage in a spot of building jumping during his
free time. However, this Darwin Award Nominee failed to take into account
the fact that he was not a highly trained gymnast, and could not clear the
gap between two multi-story car parks in Maidenhead. He also failed to
consider the result of a body hitting concrete from a height of 40
He jumped the gap once, then he and his freinds went to a pub. Afterwards,
they returned to the car park and he tried it again... landed... wobbled...
and fell backwards to his death.
His friend said, "We just did stupid stuff when we were bored, like finding
gaps to jump." The result was inevitable...
The Broadway car park where the incident occurred.
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Submitted by: Mark Garner, Dominic Manley
Reference: Maidenhead Advertiser, 10/4/02