An Australian sheep named Chris, whose mobility had been impaired as a result of the weight of the fleece he had grown over more than 5 years, was found wandering alone by a hiker. It's estimated that the record breaking long merino wool was enough to make 30 jumpers but had no commercial value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A study of 11 years of Base Jumping showed each jump carried a 1 in 2,317 chance of dying, compared to 1 in 101,083 for sky diving. The chances an individual base jumper will die in a year (annual fatality risk per person) is even higher: 1 in 60, and 72% had witnessed death or serious injury. telegraph.co.uk/men/activ…
The Fosbury Flop is so successful as a high jump technique because it allows the jumper’s centre of mass to travel underneath the bar large.stanford.edu/course…
Canadian show jumper Ian Miller has been named to every Canadian Olympic show jumping team since 1971, competing in all of them except for 1980's due to the boycott of the Moscow Olympics. He holds the record for most Olympic appearances at 10. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
The town of Two Egg, Florida has their own local monster, described as a β€˜small Bigfoot’. His name is the Two Egg Stump-Jumper visitflorida.com/en-us/ci…
Swedish Olympic high jumper Annette TΓ₯nnander, who met him when he was 40 and she 19, remembers Wilt Chamberlain as a pick-up artist who was extremely confident yet respectful. It has been said Wilt slept with 20,000 women in his lifetime self.gutenberg.org/articl…
Bushbabies are any of several species of small attractive arboreal primates native to sub-Saharan Africa. The animals are ace jumpers using powerful legs and extremely long tails to spring great distances. Also known as galagos, these mammals are mostly nocturnal have extraordinary night vision. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Jason wasn’t planned to appear in the original Friday the 13th screenplay. Makeup designer Tom Savini had the idea to have Jason appear at the end because he had just seen Carrie and thought the movie needed a β€œchair jumper.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday…
Today I learned of BASE jumper Frank Gambalie, who drowned while fleeing park rangers after an illegal base jump from El Capitan. Months later, fellow BASE jumper Jan Davis attempted a jump to protest the ban and prove it was safe, when she fell to her death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
On October 23, 1999, BASE jumper and stuntwoman Jan Davis died while making an illegal protest jump from El Capitan intended to demonstrate the safety of BASE jumping at Yosemite National Park, after a ban on BASE jumping in the area regarding safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
UK charity parachute jumpers injure themselves so frequently that, for every Β£1 they raise for charity, they cost the public health system Β£13.75. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
1968, Olympic long jumper Bob Beamon's first attempt exceed the limit of the official measuring equipment. It took over 15 minutes before a distance was posted, and only then did he realize he had broken the world record by nearly 2 feet (0.6m). youtube.com/watch?v=DEt_X…
A BASE jumper leapt off El Capitan to protest the US Park Service's ban on BASE jumping because it was deemed dangerous. She died. articles.latimes.com/1999…
The suicidal jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge that survived the fall reported a complete change of heart while falling β€œI instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixableβ€”except for having just jumped." newyorker.com/archive/200…
The Modern Style of the High Jump is Called "The Fosbury Flop" Which was Created by Dick Fosbury in the Mid-60's. This new method completely revolutionized the sport and was adopted internationally. Prior to this style of jump, most jumpers used either the "Scissor Kick" or the "Western Roll". youtube.com/watch?v=tBmOF…
Today I learned about the original bungee jumpers. Men on Pentecost Island in the South Pacific have practiced nagol, or land diving, for centuries. In a ritual full of symbolism and spirituality, men dive from a wooden tower up to 100 feet high with nothing but vines attached to their ankles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned about Luz Long, the Nazi Olympian Long Jumper who befriended Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympics, and was such good friends that Owens was Long's son's best man at his wedding after WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luz…
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was the 1st Olympic ski jumper for England in 52 years. He had no money, no coach, no team and only learned to ski jump 18 months earlier. He wore 6 pairs of socks inside his second hand boots, a helmet given to him by the Italians, and used skis from the Austrian team. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
On October 23, 1999, BASE jumper Jan Davis made a protest jump off El Capitan in Yosemite National Park to lift Yosemite's BASE jumping ban. She died in the process. The ban remains intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
Long jumpers in Ancient Greece used weights to push themselves farther forward. ancientolympics.arts.kule…
Today I learned of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards - A Ski Jumper from the UK who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. He had no prior training in Ski Jumping, and only managed to represent the UK because there were no other British Ski Jumpers with whom to compete for a place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
The wool from Dolly the Sheep, the first ever animal to be cloned, was used to make a jumper decorated with images of cloned sheep. collection.sciencemuseum.…
Florida Road Rangers will bring you gas if you run out. They also carry jumper cables, oil, radiator fluid, etc. dot.state.fl.us/TrafficOp…
Eminem was almost cast as the lead role in Jumper, Elysium & Southpaw. yahoo.com/movies/bp/emine…
Today I learned of the Bridgewatch Angels, a group of volunteers who patrol the Golden Gate Bridge, attempting to prevent suicides by engaging potential jumpers in casual conversation sfchronicle.com/entertain…
A study on charity parachute jumps in the UK discovered that for every Β£1 earned for charity by jumpers, the NHS would need to spend Β£13.75 on dealing with injuries suffered. The average amount of cash earned by a charity parachute jump was Β£30. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
In 1954 the #1 High School High Jumper in the San Francisco Bay Area was Future NBA Star Bill Russell. The #2 High School High Jumper was Future Grammy-Winning Singer Johnny Mathis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Ken Hopper who patrols the Gold Gate Bridge attempting to coax would be jumpers from jumping; he is credited with saving 30 lives vt.co/news/us/ken-hopper-…
On October 23, 1999, BASE jumper and stuntwoman Jan Davis made a protest jump off El Capitan to lift Yosemite's BASE jumping ban. She died in the process. The ban remains intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
During the 70s one suicide jumper from the Golden Gate Bridge had a note that read "I'm going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump." newyorker.com/archive/200…
The first firefighter to die on 9/11 was hit by a jumper nytimes.com/2005/08/13/ny…
In China "body fishers" keep the dead bodies of bridge jumpers until customers come to buy the remains of their loved ones. forbes.com/sites/gordonch…
A 73 year old base jumper died after intentionally setting his parachute on fire sltrib.com/news/2531663-1…
In 2016 Luke Aikins, a professional skydiver and BASE jumper, survived a jump from 25,000 feet without a parachute, reached terminal velocity, and landed in a net measuring 100ft by 100ft telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
The rapper T.I. once talked a 24yr old jumper down from the ledge of an Atlanta skyscraper. They chatted for 5mins and were reunited on a radio show months after. ajc.com/news/entertainmen…
In 2013 two planes full of skydivers collided at over 12,000 feet, an impact that tore one plane's wing clean off and sucked several skydivers right out. Both the pilots and the nine jumpers bailed out safely, surviving the incident, and caught the whole thing on camera. youtube.com/watch?v=gfnmz…
Gretel Bergmann, a German-Jewish high-jumper banned from the 1936 Olympics on "racial" grounds, needed an interpreter during a 1999 recognition ceremony in Germany because she had forgotten her mother tongue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
US ski jumper Anders Haugen finished 4th at the 1924 Olympics, when 50 years later a Norwegian historian discovered a scoring error was made and Haugen should have gotten the bronze medal, which was handed to him in Norway in 1974 by the daughter of the original bronze medal winner en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 2006 the town of Shimokawa with a population of less than 4000 had 4 ski jumpers compete in the Torino Olympic Games en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A Golden Bridge jumper that survived, a witness recalled seeing a sea lion keeping the struggling rescuee until the Coast Guard arrived abc7news.com/society/seco…
Smoke jumpers are firefighters trained to parachute towards a blaze in remote areas that do not have adequate road access en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
Any jumper flying a wingsuit for the first time must have either a minimum of 200 free fall skydives made within the past 18 months and receive one-on-one instruction from an experienced wing suit jumper, or have 500 jumps experience without a dedicated instructor en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
Matti NykΓ€nen, widely considered to be the greatest male ski jumper of all time, was arrested on suspicion of attempted manslaughter of a family friend after losing a finger pulling competition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai still active at the age of 44. He made his world cup debut in 1988 and has competed in 7 olympic games and over 500 world cup competitions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Deer (etc.) jump high into the air as a signal to predators that the jumper isn't worth hunting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Vinko Bogataj, the ski jumper shown falling in the opening of ABC's Wide World of Sports, was invited to the show's twentieth anniversary banquet, where Muhammad Ali asked him for his autograph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
On 9/11 the bodies of hundreds trapped on the WTC, who jumped rather than die by fire, horrified observers who watched and heard them "smashing like eggs on the ground". The NYC coroner officially stated on death certificates that the jumpers were victims of homicide by "blunt trauma". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Eminem was almost cast as the lead role in Jumper, Elysium & Southpaw yahoo.com/movies/bp/emine…
There is a man in China who rents a house by the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge so that he can save the lives of suicidal jumpers. articles.latimes.com/2008…
One of the theories on how the NY slang word "86" (meaning to get rid of) came about was because the most common place for jumpers to commit suicide was the 86th (Observation deck) floor of the Empire State Building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/86_…

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