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Trampolines: The dangerous and deadly history revealed

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The History of Fun explores the devil’s plaything: THE TRAMPOLINE

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This week on The History of Fun, Allegra Frank tells the tale of the most dangerous toy ever: the trampoline. Yes, many have been maimed by the unassuming trampoline, and we’re here to tell the tale, from its origins as exercise equipment to its current state as the thing parents hate most.

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