According to the 2009 OECD Factbook, Hungary is the suicide capital of the world. If I lived in Hungary, I’d probably want to kill myself too knowing my country occupied neighbouring lands for a thousand years and forced Magyarization upon their people yet never had the honor to apologize, but that’s not the point. The man in this video wanted to make a spectacle out of his suicide and somewhat succeeded. Unfortunately, the person with a camera was in a good spot to record him playing dragon back on a bridge post, but subsequent fall and hard landing was obstructed so the best part is missing. Maybe there will be another video from a different angle later.
Funny how he only set fire on his back, not whole body. He wanted to show off there for a while and if his whole body caught full force flames, he wouldn’t be able to swing back and forth up there for so long. He would have been a nicer falling fireball though.
If you look at the firefighters in the photos, with a little bit of imagination it could look like a spectacular movie set. Camera crew on the crane platform, actor (or his stuntman) playing a desperate fighter for freedom, rigger has him all suspended on the ropes we can’t see in the dark and a whole set of spongy foam to soften his landing is off the view on the ground. But this is pretty much not the case and from what the reports say, the man succeeded in his ultimate plan – to kill himself.
Fact of a matter is, if you want to commit suicide successfully, you only get one shot. That means you have to do it right and because there will be no more goes for you, you might as well do it with style, right? Even though with obvious issues, this man clearly understood this.
The video of the suicide jumper from Hungary is below:
…and a few pictures from the “event”
Source for stats: OECD Factbook