Personally, I think they could've spent their time, money, and resources on something that wasn't quite so obvious.
But hey, I guess it's cool.
In the Assassin's Creed franchise, the player can make a Leap of Faith from tall structures; assassins then land comfortably and without injury into a haystack. Obviously, leaping from several hundred feet up into a freakin' haystack doesn't really work, but researchers at the University of Leicester have now proven that it doesn't work.
The study, called "Falling into Straw," tried to determine the heights and haystack sizes required to survive such crazy jumps. As the study states (via Eurogamer ):
"While loose straw does undoubtedly provide cushioning from falls, the amount of straw used to cushion a character's fall is always the same, no matter the height of the jump.
Common sense dictates that the amount of cushioning, in this case, the height of a pile of straw, should be related to the height of the fall being cushioned. This is due to the increased kinetic energy of the jumper, which needs to be dispersed slowly."
The results? An average 1.5-meter haystack is just too small for the assassin to jump into from, say, the height of the Acre cathedral in the original Assassin's Creed . The conclusion is that a person could only fall from a height of about 12.5 meters (41 feet) if they want to be safe. However, one could jump from about 50 meters (164 feet) and maybe still survive with "serious injury."
So glad we know this now. I was going to try it.