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  • Dual Stop Bungee Jumping

    December 4th, 2012
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    Normally a bungee jumper experiences force upward roughly proportional to the distance the cord has stretched. You jump, speeding up, then the cord's resistance to stretching overcomes gravity, and after a period of slowing you come back up. Acceleration, deceleration. If the cord were to snap then you would have instead acceleration, deceleration while still moving downward, a snap, and then acceleration downward again. While most people are plenty terrified with an ordinary bungee jump, to properly thrill an experienced jumper you could surprise them by simulating this. Put some sort of catch halfway along attaching the cord a second time to the jumping platform so that the effective length is reduced, and then once the person has substantially slowed release the catch to give them more length. Perhaps also playing a recording of a breaking cable.

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