Inventors killed by their own inventions
On this day in 1863, the H.L. Hunley killed its own inventor
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In the last few centuries, humanity has made huge strides in the world of innovation. We've made it to the moon, can cure types of cancer, and reinvented the wheel a few times too. Inventors make society go forward, but sometimes their creation can come back to kill them. Take Franz Reichelt, who killed himself after leaping from the Eiffel Tower wearing his self-designed parachute suit. There's a lesson to be learned for you young inventors out there: make sure your ideas are tested well, or you could end up flattened in Paris. Click on to meet the brilliant inventors who were killed by things they invented.
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