bungee jumping


bungee jumping
   Bungee jumping is a controversial sport in which participants leap from bridges, cranes or other high spots, attached only by a long elastic rope secured to their ankles. It became popular in the 1980s, and in the 1990s a national organization was established in Britain to establish safety rules and standards. Many jumps have been prevented by local authorities on the grounds of dangerous activity. The term ‘bungee’ is itself taken from the children’s word for a rubber, but it is also used for the elastic rope with hooks used by cyclists to secure belongings to their racks. A distant offshoot is bungee running in which participants are tied to the wall of a bar by an elastic cord and then required to run (sometimes for a drink) towards the other end of the room. Barfly jumping is stranger again: a participant in a velcro bodysuit jumps against a velcro covered wall in an attempt to stick to it as high up as possible.
   See also: crazes
   PETER CHILDS

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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