Pogo Sticks

Pogo Sticks

Leggo my Pogo!

Who do you think you are? Qbert? Jumping all over the place like a schizophrenic mad man stuck in blow up jump room. Yes, y’all know what I’m talkin’ about, the crazaziness that is the pogo monster!

What is a Pogo stick?

Well, for those of you who don’t know anything about anything, a pogo stick is a toy or for those of you who find offense to that, it’s an exercise equipment. The pogo stick is basically two pegs which you stand on with a spring in the middle that recoils and springs back when hitting the ground and a handle bar that’s attached to the pegs and springs. wha? what? A Pogo stick’s gonna make ya, JUMP JUMP, The springs on the stick’s gonna make ya JUMP JUMP, a MacDaddy’s gonna make ya JUMP JUMP, Clothes worn in the 80’s gonna make ya, JUMP JUMP!

Supposedly, the Pogo stick was invented by two German guys, Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall back in 1920. The name of Pogo was also thought to be the combination of Po from Pohlig and Go from Gottschall, maybe. A two handed version of the Pogo stick was also patented but by a guy named George B. Hansburg in 1957. George was inspired by some story about a father making a Pogo like device for his daughter so she can travel to the local temple for prayers. I guess people can’t just walk or run to the temple anymore, they have to jump around and hurt themselves just to say some prayers. To each his own I guess.

Over the years, the Pogo stick have been greatly improved upon.

Pogo sticks seems almost indestructible nowadays. People can jump off of tall staircases and the only thing they would hurt is themselves, yeehaw! Anyway, since I was a little kid growing up in the 80’s, I’ve always wanted to be able to ride a Pogo stick but I just was never balanced enough for such contraptions. They actually look like a ton of fun, sort of like a trampoline that’s attached to your feet that can potentially kill you. Any of you guys out there ride Pogo sticks? Have had any bad experiences? Wanna share? Too embarrassed? Sissies! Here’s a video of some crazy modern Xtreme-Pogo Sticking action. It’s pretty wild!


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