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Old 01-09-2012, 10:00 AM   #21
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Who gets the Darwin Award? Her or the owner of the bungee-jumping franchise?
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:24 PM   #24
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Who gets the Darwin Award? Her or the owner of the bungee-jumping franchise?
Well, look at what a bungee jumper does.
1). They give money to a stranger in a distant land, and...
2). They sign a waiver absolving the stranger of all responsibility, and then...
3). They let the stranger tie their feet together, attach them to an oversized bundle of rubber bands of unknown origin and quality, and...
4). They jump off a bridge, trusting the nice stranger with their money and waiver to have spent lost of time and effort inspecting and testing his rubber bands and rope, rather than selling services to more tourists.
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Well, look at what a bungee jumper does.
1). They give money to a stranger in a distant land, and...
2). They sign a waiver absolving the stranger of all responsibility, and then...
3). They let the stranger tie their feet together, attach them to an oversized bundle of rubber bands of unknown origin and quality, and...
4). They jump off a bridge, trusting the nice stranger with their money and waiver to have spent lost of time and effort inspecting and testing his rubber bands and rope, rather than selling services to more tourists.
I've been in restaurants that were more dangerous...
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Well, look at what a bungee jumper does.
Good points.

I'd never expect a bungee jumper to have to worry about water depth or swimming skills, either.

I wonder if the length/elasticity of the bungee cords is designed for stopping the jumper before they submerge, or merely to facilitate dropping them from a "safe survivable height" after the first bounce.

Y'know, I've never thought about this before: how the heck does the jumper get themselves upright and back on the bridge? Besides the swimming option, I mean.

I guess this is an indication that I've never thought through the idea of being a bungee-jumper...
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Good points.

I'd never expect a bungee jumper to have to worry about water depth or swimming skills, either.

I wonder if the length/elasticity of the bungee cords is designed for stopping the jumper before they submerge, or merely to facilitate dropping them from a "safe survivable height" after the first bounce.

Y'know, I've never thought about this before: how the heck does the jumper get themselves upright and back on the bridge? Besides the swimming option, I mean.

I guess this is an indication that I've never thought through the idea of being a bungee-jumper...
the cord is rated for the weight of the jumper so he or she stretches close to the bottom point without hitting it. The jumper springs up and down in decreasing range, and after a few iterations is either pulled back to the jump spot or (more commonly) pulled down by someone on the ground for release.
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I did what I think was called a reverse bungee jump. I was attached to all of the bungee cords but was on a platform and catapulted up in the air. I'm not sure I would have been able to take a step off of the cliff, so this was the easier option. I don't think it's something I would ever do again, though.
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I did what I think was called a reverse bungee jump. I was attached to all of the bungee cords but was on a platform and catapulted up in the air. I'm not sure I would have been able to take a step off of the cliff, so this was the easier option. I don't think it's something I would ever do again, though.
You have more guts than me. I'd rather tackle a 20-foot wave any day than jump off a cliff or a bridge...
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Geez ... I thought they were required to use multiple cords; each capable of hold your weight.

Oh ... never mind .... this was done in a foriegn country.
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You have more guts than me. I'd rather tackle a 20-foot wave any day than jump off a cliff or a bridge...
I have an irrational fear of fish touching me so I am in awe of those of you who are frequently in the ocean.

In fact, that's the major reason that I've yet to try triathlons -- usually that involves swimming in lakes.

I think my fear of jumping off a cliff or bridge is more rational...
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I bungee jumped in South Padre on spring break in 1993 or 1994.

It's worth doing, and probably less dangerous than driving to work every day.
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I have. Back in the day when I was still working. Just shows you what work does to a person...
Yeah, sometimes w*rk gets to the point these days where a snapped cord would almost feel like mercy...
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I bet lots more people get hurt riding a motorcycle than bungee jumping.
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Well, look at what a bungee jumper does.
1). They give money to a stranger in a distant land, and...
2). They sign a waiver absolving the stranger of all responsibility, and then...
3). They let the stranger tie their feet together, attach them to an oversized bundle of rubber bands of unknown origin and quality, and...
4). They jump off a bridge, trusting the nice stranger with their money and waiver to have spent lost of time and effort inspecting and testing his rubber bands and rope, rather than selling services to more tourists.
I think the scariest thing about bungee jumping is that they weigh you in public and write your weight on your hand in magic marker (to be sure the bungee cord is the correct strength, but still....).
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And let's not forget that, half the time, they are relying on velcro to keep the cords tied to your ankles!

I've seen more "velcro failures" on grass skirts than I care to relate.... and none of those skirts was hurtling towards the ground at 32 ft/sec squared
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