Bouncing on a space hopper

“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” ― Ogden Nash.

I knew it was a strange request for a birthday present, but I made it none the less—could someone please get me a space hopper?

Ask and you shall receive. On my 30th birthday I unwrapped a bright pink space hopper.

For those uninitiated folks (where have you been?!), a space hopper—also known as a moon hopper, skippyball, kangaroo ball, bouncer, hoppity hop, or hop ball—is a rubber ball similar to an exercise ball with handles that allow one to sit on it without falling off. The goal is to hop around with it, using the elastic properties of the ball to move forward.

In practical terms, this is a very inefficient form of locomotion, but its simplicity, ease of use, low cost and cheerful appearance appeals to children –Wikipedia-

First manufactured in Italy in 1968, Space hoppers became a major craze during the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Having never had one as a child, I was super keen to get my hands, and butt, on one of these beauties to see what all the fuss was about.

So, with a hangover the size of Mt Killimanjaro, I took off to the service station the day after my birthday to have ‘Hoppy’ inflated and proceeded to bounce around my apartment. It was pretty funny. I won’t be using it as my main mode of transport to get around the city, but it definitely makes going to the fridge more entertaining!

A group of good mates recently came over to watch the footy and a couple of the guys were keen to give it a go – which only proves there is a direct correlation between the amount of happiness in one’s life and the amount of silliness they allow into it!

Hop to it … and try to beat these records: 

  • On Friday the 13 of April 2007, Harderwijk, Walibi World, the Netherlands, the world record of 2,518 people simultaneous hopping for a duration of one minute, beating the previous record of 2263 people.
  • In November 2004, Ashrita Furman took just 30.2 seconds to cover the 100 meter dash.
  • In January 2005, Ashrita Furman set the record for the fastest mile on the Great Wall of China.

    What every 30-year-old needs ...
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