10 Cool Inventions By Children

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George Nissen

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The trampoline was first conceived by George Nissen when he was just a boy, and it’s probably one of the most fun toys on the planet. While visiting a circus with his parents, Nissen became fascinated by the trapeze artists as they bounced and flipped onto safety nets. In love with the act, he imagined how exciting it would be if the gymnasts could just keep bouncing and flipping when they dropped. As a University student, Nissen worked with his gymnastics coach Larry Griswold on bringing his bouncy dreams to life. They later went on to form the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline and Tumbling Company in 1941, selling the trampoline around the world and even getting orders from the US forces, which wanted to use it as a training tool. By the mid 1960s the trampoline invention was so popular that Nissen no longer bothered to enforce the patent. But, as popular as the trampoline became, it wasn’t until the year 2000 that Nissen actually achieved his lifetime goal. Trampolining was finally inducted into the Sydney Olympics, receiving the respectability as a sport that Nissen had dreamed of as a child.