Learn about the bungee cord and its various uses.
A bungee is an elasticized cord, typically with a hook at each end, used to bind a suitcase to a wheeled carrier.
The modern-day craze of bungee jumping had its origins in 1979. Jumpers leap headfirst from bridges, cranes, and hot-air balloons, from 90 to 300 feet (27.4 to 91.4 meters) above the ground, with only a long nylon-cased rubber bungee cord to break their fall. Anchored around the ankles or to a body harness, the wrist-thin cord is long enough to allow a few seconds of free fall before it stretches, dampening the force of the plunge. The diver sometimes hurtles to within a few feet of the ground before rebounding skyward like a yo-yo.