A bungee (also spelled "bungy") jump can be done from a bridge, building or natural structure. It is an extreme or "adrenaline" sport--not for the weak of heart. If you have been thinking about planning a thrill-seeking vacation, this may be the time to take the plunge, literally. Use Trails.com to find an ideal jumping location for your trip.
There is a one in 500,000 chance of being killed in a bungee jump. There is a higher likelihood of death when you drive at speeds of more than 100 mph.
Some people bungee jump competitively. In order to compete, you must be able to perform stunt jumps, which involves doing flips and other tricks while in mid-air.
The world's highest commercial bungee jump location on record, according to the Guinness Book, is at the Macau Tower in China. The fall is 233 meters (about 764 feet).
Bungee cords are rubber inside and either nylon or cotton on the outside. Several cords are bundled together to make the line very strong. Cords can be more than 1,000 feet long.
The first bungee jump was made from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in England in 1978.
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