On August 16, 1898, Edwin Prescott was granted a patent for the roller coasters' vertical loop. The roller coaster shown in the patent illustration wasn't the first to make a loop, but it was a safer, more comfortable, elliptical-shaped loop.
Prescott's Loop the Loop was unsuccessful because only one car with four passengers could ride the coaster at a time. It closed after nine years of operation.
An extreme form of sport that is relatively safe, bungee jumping has a brief, surprising history.
It has its roots in Pentecost Island in the Southern Pacific region. The old legend had a female victim of marital abuse jumping off a large tree with her feet tied to the vines, escaping the fall. The abusive husband who jumped after her died after hitting the ground.
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