Taking Pogo Sticks To The Extreme

Pogo sticks have been around for a long time and I was always intrigued by them while I was growing up, but I don’t think I ever had one of my own. I seem to remember that a friend of mine — a kid whose divorced dad always got him a lot of neat stuff  — did have one, although I’m not sure he ever let me try it. After all, I was always a big kid and those toy models were pretty easy to break.

But that was then and this is now, and even though there’s no chance that I’ll ever be trying a pogo stick these days, I have to admit that I still find them fascinating. That’s why a recent magazine article caught my attention, because it explains how they work and also tells a little of their history.

But the central theme of the article is how in the last decade or so there has been a sort of pogo stick revolution, with a few clever guys figuring out how to improve on the original in – er – leaps and bounds. Those developments have in turn led to the inevitable creation of a whole culture that treats modern pogo-sticking as an extreme sport. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised…

Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Everybody’s Jumpin'”


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