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World Jump Day
The folks at World Jump Day plan to shift the orbit of planet Earth in order to "stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more homogenous climate." They'll achieve this by having 600 million people jump up in the air at the same time on July 20, 2006. And they're looking for jumpers! This, of course, recalls the old idea that "If all Chinese jumped at once, cataclysm would result." This has been debunked by The Straight Dope, which points out that the force generated by one billion Chinese people jumping up in the air at the same time would only be equivalent to about 500 tons of TNT. In other words, not that much. However, I don't think the creators of World Jump Day intend for anyone to take their idea that seriously. The site is registered to a German artist, Torsten Lauschmann. According to his web bio Lauschmann: celebrates glitches, and out-takes, bits in between and images that might be easy to ignore. Lauschmann is currently on a Trans European busking tour under the guise of Slender Whiteman where he will launch his solar powered dub system. He lives and works in Glasgow. Lauschmann also appears to be a member of a German art group called Vene Hammerschlag, which has also hosted World Jump Day on its site. In other words, World Jump Day appears to be some kind of art project hoax.
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Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 28, 2005
Comments (72)
yeah but u have to be in like america or africa etc =(
Posted by mel  in  melb  on  Tue Jul 18, 2006  at  07:09 PM
Charybdis as I said it's an ATTEMPT. I never said it'll work.
Posted by Henry  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  08:34 PM
I dont think this whole jump day will change anything... but I think it'll make people more aware of the environment. Look at all the comments on this event already! If an ARTICLE about this event evokes this much response about our environment, imagine what 600 million people jumping at the same time to try to do something will bring about? The jump doesnt change the earth's orbit. It sheds light on our environment (which is dying at a rapid pace btw).
Posted by jon  in  fullerton  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  02:44 AM
Look at all the comments on this event already!

Yup, 63 comments since March 1st last year. That's honestly not a huge response. It's just getting attention again because that time of year is rolling around and people are hearing of it and googling it.

...imagine what 600 million people jumping at the same time to try to do something will bring about?

Absolutely nothing, but they'll think they've done their bit, and happily go back to their usual lives. Sad, really.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  05:40 AM
Well I've been eating loads since I found out about this thing so it had better bleedin work!
Posted by Johnny English  in  England  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  07:07 AM
you are very right we do need to shed light on the enviorment and the website says over 6hundred million 250 thousand are gonna jump that's hell of a lot of people that might make some form of news and if others start to see that we are trying to help they might too and we got some pretty smart people out there. And i jumped it was fun.
Posted by clark  in  Virginia  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  07:11 AM
I think it's a very bad idea. Men shouldn't try to fix the harm they already made, just try to stop harming the planet from now on. What's done, it's done, learn from the mistakes.
Altering the earth's position could be catastrofic, it could change the natural balance of the waters, the ice...
Very bad idea. If something goes wrong, I will track them down!
Posted by Marina  in  Buenos Aires  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  09:35 AM
IT WAS NOT A HOAX JUST ONLY MASSIVE PROJECT
Posted by Linkman  in  Slovakia  on  Tue Aug 08, 2006  at  10:10 AM
This is a great scam I mean there are lots of idiots on the internet this is a great way to sell products like world jump day t shirts and a way to get a website popular so ya this guy is smart making this site so it draws in idiots wow...
Posted by haha  on  Tue Aug 29, 2006  at  06:34 PM
smile haha
hump day is freaking awesome
we should all hump each other
Posted by Casey  in  hanover  on  Thu Oct 11, 2007  at  02:17 PM
join our group on facebook for a group project for school please. it is in relevance to world jump day.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=11180971585
Posted by zodination  in  Arizona  on  Wed Apr 02, 2008  at  03:34 AM
This is one of the weirdest tings I have heard of. Why do they even have something like this? People need to exercise, not just jump for one day.
Posted by Inflatable Jumpers  in  Texas  on  Fri Aug 08, 2008  at  05:23 AM
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