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I think that was just a regular backpack. See what happens when you assume?
A staple of cartoons where a character grabs a backpack and jumps from the great height, opens the pack, and anything but
a parachute falls out. Commonly, it can be food, camping supplies or heavy objects like an anvil
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- Before the days of cell phones and SMS, an ad for a pocket message receiver showed a skydiver about to jump receive a message at the last second: "I have your parachute, where is my backpack?" cut to the poor guy BSODing in the plane.
- Used for a gag in the comic Cattivik. Subverted when our hero gets the wrong parachute but still manages to land safely on a plane. (It Makes Sense in Context).
- In Superman #176, which explains how Superman decided on his ideal location for his Fortress of Solitude, he's on a flight over the arctic as Clark Kent when the plane suffers engine troubles. Almost immediately, everyone went for the parachutes, but Clark, who was inspecting the packs with his x-ray vision, notices a ripped parachute and switches it with his good one. Luckily for Clark, nobody notices the Human Alien dropping like a stone in the arctic night.
- The cover of Marvel Romance Redux: Restraining Orders Are For Other Girls.
- Two similar gags in Léonard le Génie:
- One comic has the disciple open the parachute, only to reveal a sheet of paper from the maid Mathurine, saying the parachute is in laundry.
- In a similar gag, Leonardo once handed Basile the backpack containing their lunch instead of a parachute.
- Very likely to happen in Mortadelo y Filemón at the end of any segment involving planes.
- Giggles Bags the Borg by Odon. A WW1 pilot opens the pack and finds a requisition form from the Ministry of Air which has to be filled out before a parachute can be issued.
- There is a joke about Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama and a Boy Scout on a plane that is going down. (The identities of the figures vary according to when and where the joke is told. It's a very old joke.) There are only three parachutes. Michael Jordan declares that he is the world's greatest athlete and therefore deserves to live, grabs a parachute and leaps out. Bill Gates declares he is the world's smartest man and therefore deserves to live, grabs a parachute and leaps out. The Dalai Lama offers to give the last parachute to the Boy Scout. The Boy Scout says, "It's fine, Your Holiness. There are still two parachutes. The world's smartest man just jumped out wearing my knapsack."
Live Action TV
- A Far Side cartoon shows a skydiver with a piano and an anchor coming out of his backpack.
"Murray didn't feel the first pangs of real panic until he pulled the emergency cord..."
- In an early Dilbert story arc, Dogbert gets a job as a Corporate Jet Pilot:
Dogbert: [while wearing what appears to be a parachute bag] It looks like the plane's going down and there's only one parachute.
C.E.O.: [grabbing the "parachute bag"] Give it to me!!! I'm a C.E.O. with a Harvard MBA. You're a dog!
Dogbert: [as they're falling] That's my knapsack.
: [while random junk is flying out of the open knapsack] Old joke.
- Schlock Mercenary had eponymous amorph left behind because he doesn't have armor (he's ridiculously hard to kill anyway) and they were going through vacuum. Following the team on his own in an emergency exosuit, Schlock quickly discovered that the emergency suit doesn't have gravitics like powered armor and he's going to "navigate" a shaft 6.2 kilometers deep ballistically, in near- Earth gravity, but zero air resistance.