The New Rage in Russia: Homemade Bungee Jumping?

It’s tough being a teenager. So many dumb, dangerous, life-ruining choices to make, such little time. But try being a teenager in Russia where, as these videos suggest, boredom (and possibly some consciousness-altering substance) is so rampant that throwing yourself off a building with a makeshift bungee cord seems like a good way to pass the time. Even the dumbest of the dumb, daringest of the daring kids I’ve known in my day would be too chickenβ€”by which I mean “too smart”β€”to attempt a stunt like this. Or so I hope.

I watched these videos several times over in attempt to figure out why someone, supported only by a barely-there harness, would allow a handful of friends to propel them off the side of what looks like a pretty tall building. Is this all the rage in Russia? Have they watched too many action movies? Is life in Russia that bleak? Why don’t they just do parkour? Are kids doing this here? Am I overreacting? TC mark


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  • Eve

    They have really good jumping form. But their does not seem to be a lot bunjee in that bungee, ouch

  • Michael Koh

    Did we not establish that they are depressed existentialists in a previous post about Russians (and a video of homemade bungee jumping)?

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  • Masha

    this is normal in russia. believe me.

    • christopher lynsey

      I love Russia, from a distance.

    • christopher lynsey

      I love Russia, from a distance.

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  • jacob

    would really love to get in on the Russian bungee jumping scene. seems like there's a documentary just waiting to happen.

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