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: Hereâ€™s how I survived my defenestration. Right before they threw me out the window, I tethered a bowling-ball to my ankle.
Galileo: Oh goodness. Why?
: Since light things fall slower than heavy things, the considerably lighter-than-me bowling-ball fell slower, tugging the tether and thus appreciably slowing my descent.
Galileo: Yes, but the combined mass of you plus bowling-ball plus tether weighs more than just you alone, so the whole tethered-together system would fall faster than you alone.
: Thus proving that I didnâ€™t survive my defenestration?
Galileo: Iâ€™ve been dead since 1642. You get used to it eventually.