The kid who invented the trampoline
Shiralea Woodhouse’s review of The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline: More Surprising Stories About Inventions
A trampoline is a device consisting of a piece of taut, strong fabric stretched between a steel frame using many coiled springs. People bounce on trampolines for recreational and competitive purposes. The fabric that users bounce on commonly known as the "bounce mat" or "trampoline bed" is not elastic itself; the elasticity is provided by the springs that connect it to the frame, which store potential energy. A game similar to trampolining was developed by the Inuit , who would toss blanket dancers into the air on a walrus skin one at a time see Nalukataq during a spring celebration of whale harvest. There is also some evidence of people in Europe having been tossed into the air by a number of people holding a blanket. Mak in the Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play and Sancho Panza in Don Quixote are both subjected to blanketing — however, these are clearly non-voluntary, non-recreational instances of quasi-judicial, mob-administered punishment. The trampoline-like life nets once used by firefighters to catch people jumping out of burning buildings were invented in
Posted December 22, Australian Olympic trampoline judge David Wareham certainly does, as does his son, Adrian Wareham, who was inducted into the Gymnastics Australia hall of fame after representing his country at ten World Championships. In , the Iowa-born teenager was captivated by the way the highwire acrobats at a circus fell and then bounced into the safety mesh at the end of the act. For gymnasts, being able to bounce in the air would enable a different routine from those carried out on a static mat. Young George Nissen was a star gymnast at school and an accomplished diver, and only narrowly missed out taking part in the Olympics held in Los Angeles. After much tinkering, he cobbled together a frame from various bits of scrap iron. He attached a square of strong canvas to the frame using old inner tubes from car tyres, which gave it the requisite bounciness.
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