19 Dec 2014
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The pogo stick is a device that is used for jumping up and down. It was origionally designed as a toy for children and an excericize tool for adults. Today, however, with the invention of high-flying pogo sticks like the Flybar 800, the pogo stick is being used as an instrument for extreme tricks and stunts.
The pogo stick consists of a T-shaped pole with handles near the top of the pole and foot pegs near the bottom. In the middle of the handles and the foot pegs is a spring or set of rubber bands that allow the pogo stick to bounce up and down.
In order to use a pogo stick, the operator places his feet on the foot pegs and his hands on the handles. Then he or she jumps onto the footpegs while thrusting the metal pole up into the air. Meanwhile, the operator must try to stay balanced. When the operator jumps up or presses down on the footpads to compress the spring, the spring becomes fully compressed, and when the operator lifts his weight, this in combination of the recoil created by the pogo stick spring, caused the operator to be launched several inches or feet into the air. This process is then repeated over and over again to create a hopping or jumping action.
It is a legend that the pogo stick was invented when a man by the name of George Hansburg was traveling in Burma and came across a poor farmer and his daughter, Pogo. The farmer couldn’t afford to buy shoes for his daughter, and therefore the daughter couldn’t walk to the temple to pray every day. So the story goes that the poor farmer made a jumping stick for her. Hansburg was so impressed by this jumping stick that Pogo was seen riding that he later went home and created a “pogo stick” of his own.
The truth, however, is that the pogo stick design was in fact created and patented by a man named George B. Hansburg in the year 1919.
When the pogo stick first came out, the Gimble Brothers Department Store in the United States ordered a bunch of the wooden pogo sticks to be imported from Germany. But when the pogo sticks got on the boat, they became warped and rotted and were therefore deemed unusable. The people at Gimble then asked Hansburg to come up with a better design and he did just that at his factory, which he named SBI Enterprises. Big improvements have since been made to the origional pogo stick and now many pogo sticks are capable of launching its operators high up into the air – something regular pogo sticks were not capable of.
Today, back flips and other tricks are now possible on these newer sticks, which has contributed to the growth of the new sport of “stunt pogo” or “extreme pogo”. Yet no matter how many improvements are made to the pogo stick or how many different types are made, the basic design remains the same.
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