The Birth of Bungee Jumping

Back in 1980, before YouTube, Red Bull, and ubiquitous computers to distract the mind’s imagination, a Kiwi named Chris Sigglekow and his friends started hopping off bridges attached to elastic cords just...for the hell of it. While members of Oxford’s “Dangerous Sports Club” possibly superseded the Kiwis by a few months, it caught on in New Zealand and completely blew up.

Remember to play outside, people. Sometimes golden ideas just come to you.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He has never bungee jumped, but wants to use it to eliminate his acrophobia. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann