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How the jump rope got its rhythm | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

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"Down down, baby, down down the roller coaster…" Hip-hop owes a lot of the queens of double dutch. Ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt takes us on a tour of the fascinating history of the jump rope.

Small Thing Big Idea, a TED original series, celebrates the lasting genius of everyday objects so perfectly designed that they changed the world around them. Check out more here:

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35 Comments on How the jump rope got its rhythm | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

  1. Ducks dude Gaming // 3rd November 2018 at 4:36 pm // Reply


  2. first

  3. Julian Solomone // 3rd November 2018 at 4:36 pm // Reply


  4. im here

  5. Amit Deshmukh // 3rd November 2018 at 4:37 pm // Reply


  6. annndd they made it about race, what a surprise
    Thumbs down

  7. Stop posting videos a lot of videos in a short period of time because it’s impossible to watch them all

  8. I like these. Small things I never think about are so interesting when you dive into there history.

  9. Tarik Karamehmedović // 3rd November 2018 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    The series should have been called Small Thing Big Think.

  10. As a kid if we couldn’t find or get a jump rope we had to pull out the cable cords n call it a day. Or make some out of shoe strings.

  11. Growing up our entire street would jump rope. It was a blast.

  12. La Vie est un Sport Merveilleux // 3rd November 2018 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    Very interesting!

  13. Super video!

  14. Analogy Accepted // 3rd November 2018 at 6:52 pm // Reply

    Also hula hoop.

  15. Nearly sixteen and still can’t figure out how to jump rope.

  16. Afrinaturality // 3rd November 2018 at 7:05 pm // Reply

    Enjoyed this.

  17. great episode

  18. It’s funny how we take these things for granted.

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