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A Pogo Stick with a Purpose

A Pogo Stick with a Purpose

[ad_1] In the sweltering heat of downtown Pittsburgh, on the last Friday of June 2022, a 25-year-old from Tennessee named Dalton Smith stood in the middle of a throng of about 100 people in Market Square, clicked the strap of his helmet into place, and climbed atop his pogo stick. He tightly gripped two handlebars, his sneakers resting on two pegs affixed to the bottom of the aluminum cylinder. Then he started bouncing. He took several small hops, then one massive leap, and his body was airborne. It was at this moment that Smith took his sneakers off the pegs and spun the stick clockwise in front of his face like an airplane propeller, while clearing a horizontal bar positioned 12 feet in the air. When Smith landed successfully on the other side, he had set the Guinness World Record for highest-ever jump on a pogo stick. And he did it on the Vurtego, perhaps the greatest pogo stick the world has ever seen. “It’s the wand that makes the magic possible,” Smith, now 26, …