A parachute jumper prepared for his first jump.

A parachute jumper prepared for his first jump.

“Don’t forget,” reminded the instructor, “if the first cord doesn’t work, pull the backup cord. Ready?”

“I’m ready!” said the jumper. He jumped, counted to ten, then pulled the cord. Nothing happened, so he pulled the backup cord. But still, nothing happened.

As he fell toward earth, a woman suddenly flew past him, up into the sky.

“Hey!” he yelled. “Do you know anything about parachutes?”

“No,” she called back. “Do you know anything about gas stoves?”