Who Else Knows These Facts About TrampolinesWritten by Paul Johnson
"El trampolino" was Mexican word for "diving board", and one of many words in common usage, which was once actually trademarked as "trampoline".
The first gold medal awarded in Olympic trampoline competition, went to Irina Karavaeva, of Russia. The event, which took place at 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, was witnessed by George Nissen, 86 year-old inventor of trampoline.
The famous picture taken in late 50s, of inventor George Nissen on a trampoline with a "tame" kangaroo, was only accomplished by Nissen holding its front paws when they got on it, so animal could not kick him.
The Gillingham Jumpers, a club based in Kent, England, is largest known trampoline club in world, with 1500 members bouncing around Jumpers Rebound Centre, every week.
Trampolines have entered arena of "extreme sports", with some centers offering a combination of bungee jumping and trampoline jumping, where participants wear a harness attached to bungee cord rigging, that allows them to bounce extra high off trampoline, without danger of falling if they lose their balance.
Tennis Humor - The Gift Of Making People Laugh At The Game Of TennisWritten by glenn sheiner
To those of us who love to play game of tennis, it is competition, athletic challenge and potential for artistic shot making that usually gets us going emotionally. There's little time for tennis humor as we focus on ripping that next shot for a winner.
But take a step back or just start watching some tennis matches at your club and you'll begin to see humorous situations that abound in our game. Of course, just like mother-in-law jokes are a staple of marriage humor, dysfunctional tennis dynamics are source of most tennis humor. And tennis humor in form of tennis jokes or tennis cartoons on mugs, tshirts, mousepads, or greeting cards make great tennis gifts.
So, without further adieu here are a number of tennis dynamics that lend themselves to humor:
1. The married mixed doubles team. Need I say more? This classic dynamic has caused guffaws at best of times and divorces at worst. And for those still in dating mode -- tread very carefully!
2. The poseurs -- look great in their new tennis clothes which they claim they received as tennis gifts from a well known-touring pro, carry at least 3 of latest hi-tech rackets, and are epitome of style until they have to hit that first ball. Of course, if truly desperate, they will feign injury while opening up a new can of balls to avoid public display of their atrocious strokes.