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The custom of yelling "Geronimo!" before jumping off of something originated as a battle cry adopted by the 82nd Airborne U.S. Paratroopers in WWII, who are said to have gotten it from watching the 1939 movie "Geronimo" about the famous Apache leader.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo_(exclamation)

Geronimo! is an exclamation occasionally used by jumping skydivers or, more generally, ... The Straight Dope: Why do parachutists yell "Geronimo!

www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/01/where-the-tradition-of-yelling-geronimo-when-jumping-out-of-a-plane-came-from

Jan 20, 2011 ... Today I found out where the tradition of yelling “Geronimo” when jumping out of a plane came from. ... I tell you jokers what I'm gonna do! ... Devine is one of the very few people to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of ...

mentalfloss.com/article/30522/why-do-we-scream-geronimo-when-jumping-things

Apr 24, 2012 ... Why Do We Scream "Geronimo" When Jumping From Things? ... of my wits when I jump, I'm gonna yell 'Geronimo' loud as hell when I go out that door ... Putting on my industrial biochemistry hat here, many [people] claim that ...

www.native-languages.org/iaq22.htm

Page discussing the origin of the use of 'Geronimo' in American slang. ... Q: Why do people shout 'Geronimo!' when they jump off something high or do ...

www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1119/why-do-parachutists-yell-geronimo

Jan 23, 1998 ... Being a Native American, I was wondering why people and cartoon characters yell "Geronimo!" when they parachute from an airplane. To the ...

www.reference.com/history/people-yell-geronimo-7e3d95123d4f3a79

People yell "Geronimo" when jumping off something because a test paratrooper named Aubrey Eberhardt did it to prove his courage when he jumped out of an ...

www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ger1.htm

Sep 2, 2006 ... We solve the mystery of why paratroopers shout 'Geronimo' when jumping ... If there are twelve men making a mass jump they all yell “Geronimo! ... Eberhardt was teased about whether he would be too scared to do the jump.

www.wearethemighty.com/articles/this-is-why-people-yell-geronimo-when-jumping-from-heights

4 days ago ... Watch cliff divers, bungee jumpers, or even just kids fooling around and jumping into a lake. At some point, one or more of them will yell ...

www.quora.com/Why-do-people-scream-geronimo-when-jumping-from-things

While there are different accounts of the source, most agree that the term began in the 1940s when the first U.S. parachutes were tested.