A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 22, 2017
“The high-jump event is basically reverse limbo”

In limbo, the object is to go under a bar that gets lower and lower. In the high jump, the object is to go over a bar that gets higher and higher. “I just called high jump ‘reverse limbo’” was posted on Twitter on July 29, 2012.

“The high jump is really just reverse limbo” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on August 17, 2016. “The high-jump event is basically reverse limbo” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on September 22, 2017.


30 August 2007, McClatchy - Tribune Business News (Washington, DC), “Thomas soars to gold in men’s high jump” by Ed Odeven:
Aug. 30—OSAKA—Mankind has always had a desire to soar to new heights. The U.S. astronauts’ historic 1969 trip to the moon is the prime example.In sports the best illustration is this: the victorious jumper, a person who sprints, twists his body, catapults himself backward over a horizontal bar and lands on his back. Think of it as reverse limbo contest—but multiply the difficulty factor by 10.The high jump is one of the most visually exciting sports, watching at the arena or on television.

Twitter
bryan fornachon‏
@FlavOtheSkweak
Becky: “What is this? Like a reverse limbo?” Me: “You mean the high jump?” Becky: “Ah, shit. The high jump, shut up!”
7:27 PM - 11 Dec 2010

Twitter
David Crane‏
@daveycraney
I just called high jump “reverse limbo”.
7:56 AM - 29 Jul 2012

Twitter
Rebecca Hughes‏
@hughesthatgirl
Why isn’t the high jump called reverse limbo?
7:08 AM - 3 Aug 2012

Twitter
e l i s e‏
@eliseroselle
“@steveagee HIGH JUMP IS JUST REVERSE LIMBO!! WATER POLO IS JUST HOCKEY WITH A BALL AND NO STICKS AFTER THE ICE MELTED!!” #NBCBreakingNews
9:41 AM - 3 Aug 2012

Twitter
Hellabandz‏
@Pipe_Tyson
The high jump is pretty much just reverse limbo.
3:07 PM - 5 Aug 2012

Twitter
Sarah Garvey‏
@sarahcgarvey
The high jump is just reverse limbo. @Olympics
12:01 AM - 6 Aug 2012

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The high jump is really just reverse limbo
submitted August 17, 2016 by brendanlim

Twitter
Joe Johnson‏
@JoeJohnsonIce
Pole vaulting is… reverse limbo
1:21 PM - 17 Aug 2017

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The high-jump event is basically reverse limbo
submitted September 22, 2017 by Baller_McSavage
Bar gets higher every time you go over it

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, September 22, 2017 • Permalink