Naked Skydiving

Status: Hoax
Here's an amusing article that deserves mention on Regret the Error (the weblog about newspaper corrections), if it isn't already there.
Tabloid Aftonbladet has been forced to withdraw an article about naked Swedish skydivers, after it turned out that the paper had been the victim of a hoax. The article, headed "It's wonderful - but cold", described how Stockholm Skydiving Club had celebrated spring by jumping from a height of 4,000 metres in their birthday suits. The paper quoted Johan Persson, a supposed member of the club, who described the naked jump over the Gärdet area of Stockholm as an annual tradition.
"The scrotum really flaps about when you're freefalling," he'd told the paper, adding, "I've become a dad recently so it can't do any harm."
But appealing though the story was, it turned out that Aftonbladet's journalist had been taken in by a hoaxter.

The article also mentions a picture, but unfortunately doesn't reproduce it. I'm curious to see that picture.

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Posted on Fri May 12, 2006

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Probably an easy error to make
naked skydiving isn't that unusual
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Fri May 12, 2006  at  06:57 PM
You asked for a picture, so don't blame me (NSFW, NSFbrain):

I've linked to the blog I originally saw it in instead of directly to the image to avoid *really* blatant remote linking.
Posted by rich  in  Ottawa, Ontario  on  Fri May 12, 2006  at  07:50 PM
i've seen several different naked skydiving pictures before...
Posted by davetolomy  on  Sat May 13, 2006  at  02:18 AM
I think I've seen video of this...
Posted by mormagli  on  Sat May 13, 2006  at  08:43 AM
I think they took the idea from here:
Posted by Netto  on  Sun May 14, 2006  at  11:33 PM
I have a video of naked skydivers on my computer, but couldn't figure out how to attach it to the posting. It is a real "sport", and yes, they do "flap in the breeze". If someone could tell me how to attach the video clip, I'd be happy to share it.
Posted by Tammy  in  California  on  Mon May 15, 2006  at  04:43 PM
I vaguely remember that article (from their free-to-browse webpage), but I dont really remeber anything being said about it being a hoax. Guess they toned it down as best they could. Anyway, the picture they used was taken from a plane, showing some pale behinds. Not really that interesting.
Posted by Lore  in  Sweden  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  02:31 AM
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