What do you do when you get excited? Do you scream or clap your hands? Sometimes joy can only be expressed with a leap into the air. What are we talking about? Jumping for joy, of course!

Jumping doesn’t have to be confined to joyful moments, though. Jumping can serve many other purposes. It’s good exercise. It can be a fun part of many games. It can help you slam dunk a basketball. It might also help you reach fruit on a tree or escape from a high-speed chase with a cheetah!

If you’ve ever watched high jump competitions or an exciting basketball game, you’ve probably been quite impressed with how high many humans can jump. Believe it or not, though, there are many other creatures whose jumps will probably impress you even more!

Bharal, for example, live in the Himalaya Mountains and jump from cliff to cliff. Hares and red kangaroos are two other great jumpers who can also run very fast.

To find the best jumpers in the world, though, you need to take a look at some amazing insects. For example, grasshoppers can jump 20 times their own body length. That’s like you jumping the length of a basketball court!

Even though grasshoppers are impressive jumpers, they’re not the best insect jumpers. That title goes to either the flea or the froghopper (also called the spittlebug).

In July 2003, the journal Nature introduced the froghopper as the world’s greatest leaper. The tiny bug — just two tenths of an inch long — can leap 28 inches into the air. That’s like a human jumping over a 690-foot-tall building!

However, the flea — which is much smaller than the froghopper — can still claim the title of top jumper compared to its body size. Not impressed by the tiny flea? Then consider this: the flea can jump 220 times its own body length and 150 times its own body height. That’s like a human being jumping more than 1,300 feet in distance over an 800-foot-high building!

Would you believe that there is an animal that can’t jump at all? It’s true! The elephant is physically incapable of jumping because of how heavy it is.

So how do human beings stack up to these other animal and insect jumpers? We humans can obviously out jump the elephant. Compared to the flea, though, we fall way short.

The best human jumpers compete in the high jump at track and field competitions. Currently, the world record holder is Javier Sotomayor from Cuba. In 1993, he jumped an incredible (for humans!) 8.03 feet!

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    • Way to go, Aaronyana, that’s a great point! We are so glad you made a connection to today’s jumping Wonder! It helps that adults are taller than kids when it comes to jumping– think of a toddler trying to slam dunk a basketball! :)

      Thanks for WONDERing with us today!! :)

      • Oh, that’s an interesting point, Hazel! We WONDER if there’s a fine balance between being light weight and being tall and strong for jumping high! Great job WONDERing, Wonder Friend! Thanks for stopping by Wonderopolis today. :)

    • WOWEEE, we think the high jump is SUPER cool, Siddman!! We Wonder if you have tried the high jump, or watched any of the events during the olympics? We bet there is a great deal of training involved in order to jump like a pro! We’re SUPER excited that you liked today’s Wonder– we are jumping for joy!! :)

  1. Dear Wonderopolis,
    I am so excited to introduce Wonderopolis to my new fourth graders. Thanks for giving us such great information about jumping. We were really surprised at how high Javier could jump. We are going to go out to the playground and see if any of us can jump that high. We did not know that fleas and froghoppers could jump that high either. That is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Mrs. Johnson’s 4th grade

    • A great big hello to all the WONDERful students in Mrs. Johnson’s 4th grade class!! :) We are SUPER excited that you have joined the WONDERing fun today– we are jumping for joy! :)

      We are so happy the video was in SLOW MOTION, because it was incredible to see how high Germaine jumped– what an incredible athlete! We Wonder if your awesome students have thought of any other high jumpers, animals or humans, today? We hope you have a WONDERful time demonstrating your athletic abilities on the playground! WOHOO! :)

    • Why, thank you for your awesome comment, Bryleigh! We are SO EXCITED to learn that you have enjoyed WONDERing with us– there is so much to discover and so many ways to use our imaginations together! WOHOO, we love great Wonder Friends like you! :)

  2. Hey Wonderopolis, I guess I would comment today and tomowwow! : ) Here’s my wonder: who set the record on MW2 CTF? I set the record with 67 captures split screen on the xbox 360 map.

    • Great job making an educated guess, Maya! We think that a person’s height and how high they can jump are definitely related– NICE WORK! Have a WONDERful day, Wonder Friend! :)

    • YOWZA, what a great day to see Mrs. Schrader’s students at Wonderopolis! :) We think you are on to something with your guess tomorrow… we can’t wait to discover what it is! Have a SUPER day, Wonder Friends! :)

    • We love that you’re thinking BIG today, Jacob! How awesome that the jumping Wonder has inspired you to jump as high as you can! Keep up the GREAT work, Wonder Friend! :)

    • Howdy Jeovany! Welcome back, Wonder Friend! We are all smiles to learn that you liked today’s Wonder– thank you for visiting today! We will see you soon for lots of fun to come! :)

  3. Today I was watching that slow motion movie and I was like oh my goodness, the video was soooooo cool!
    And the picture of the flea was awesome!!!!!

    Talk to you later! :)

    • WOWWWEEEE, we are THRILLED that you liked today’s s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n Wonder! We think it was pretty cool to see Germaine in action– what a SUPER athlete! We will certainly talk to you later… and we hope you have a great day in the meantime! :)

  4. Hello Wonderopolis,

    We are happy to have checked out our first Wonder together on our first full day of school. Watching the video of Javier was, “cool, amazing, awesome.” The picture of the flea was, interesting.

    We are looking forward to seeing more Wonders!

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Statnyk’s Grade 4/5 Class

    • Hip-hip-HOORAY for new friends today! Happy first day of school to Mrs. Statnyk’s awesome 4th and 5th grade students!! We are jumping for joy to learn that you have been WONDERing with us today– we think you are SUPER cool, amazing and awesome, too! Thanks for sharing your comment about our jumping Wonder– We can’t wait to WONDER with you again! :)

    • It’s pretty incredible, don’t you think? We are so excited to learn that the AWESOME students in Mrs. Foster’s class are WONDERing on their own about height and jumping! We think it takes a great deal of practice, patience and energy to become a jumping champion like Germaine! Thanks for posting your SUPER comment today, Wonder Friends! :)

  5. Dear Wonderopolis,

    We LOVED today’s wonder! We could not believe how high that man jumped. We think that tomorrow’s may be about:

    *a one-man band
    *Stevie Wonder

    Can’t wait to find out!

    Your friends in Minnesota!

    • Well HELLO to all our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Ouverson’s Fourth Grade class! We hope you are all doing great in MN! :)

      We are SUPER jazzed to know you enjoyed our jumping Wonder– it was an INCREDIBLE experience to watch Germaine jump!! Our toes are tapping as we wait for tomorrow’s Wonder and we can’t wait to find out if your AWESOME guesses are correct! We hope you have a WONDERful day in the meantime! :)

    • We are sending a big HELLO to the KF Dragons– WELCOME to Wonderopolis, Wonder Friends! We are glad you enjoyed watching Germaine complete the high jump– wasn’t it AMAZING to see?? :)

      We hope you have a GREAT time doing some jumping of your own today– we can’t wait to Wonder with you again! :)

  6. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Today’s wonderolpolis was cool. How high was that high jump? I wonder what tomorrow’s wonder will be? I think it should be who is the tallest? I am in third grade and am taller than my 4th grade sister. At night I like to jump around my room after my mom puts me to bed.
    See you later!!

    • Hello to all the AWESOME students in Mrs. Stemmet’s class! Thanks for joining us today as we Wonder about high jumps!! Can you imagine jumping 2.31 meters, or 7.57 feet?? We hope you have a good time practicing your jumping abilities– you are well on your way to getting up to 7 feet! Have a WONDERful day! :)

  7. Dear wonderopolis,
    I love this blog so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My classmates like this blog too!!!!!
    Me and my classmates say…………….
    this blog is number 1!

    • WOW, we are so appreciative of your WONDERful comment, Jacob! Thank you for sharing how much you enjoy Wonderopolis– we are so happy that Wonder Friends like you are excited to use their imaginations!! We hope you and your classmates come back and visit us soon- you ROCK! :)

  8. Hey!!!!!!
    I’m Hannah I love cats and well also love jumping. I always thought I was amazing at jumping but well not anymore when I saw this video. I thought to myself how does he do it? Then I researched him and well I guess he’s the worlds best jumper. Although I’m only ten and in grade five I still think I’m good at jumping….. For a ten year old I am new to this site and I also love facts and I think this site is the perfect site for me. But anyway thanks wonderopolis for the amazing facts and other stuff. Talk to you later ……
    :) :) :) :)

    • Hi there Hannah– it’s great to meet you! We love animals and jumping as well– what a coincidence! It’s pretty incredible to see what Germaine accomplishes in the video. We bet it took a great deal of practice, courage and training to complete that jump! We think you’re SUPER in your own way– thanks for using your imagination with us– we love your smiley faces, too! :)

  9. I love this video so much! I love doing jumps over sticks in my back yard. I set up jumps for my dogs. I call it up over when they jump and I then give them a treat. But a few things I learned were that elephants can’t jump. I never knew that a flea could jump. I learned that Javier Sotomayor, from Cuba, in 1993 jumped 8.03 feet. He holds the world record. That is a real accomplishment. He probably is so happy he is in the world record book.

    • WOHOOO, we love your enthusiasm and great jumping ideas, Jules! We bet your dog is in great shape thanks to your jumping exercises! We love that you’ve learned so many great things in today’s Wonder– we can’t wait to Wonder again with you soon! Thanks for joining us today, Wonder Friend! :)

    • We love when Wonder Friends start to chat here at Wonderopolis! We are glad you and Maya have found a common interest about our Wonder today– hip-hip-hooray! Have a SUPER day, Sara! :)

  10. Hi wonderopolis,
    I think that would never have been as good if that was in normal motion that was soooo cool. I wish I could jump that high.
    From Brody

    • Hi there Brody, thanks for sharing your comment with us today! We think the slow motion part of the video really shows us how much energy and practice it takes to jump so high! We hope you keep up the great work going after your dreams and using your imagination! :)

  11. This is my first time going on this website and so far I really like it! I WONDER what tomorrow’s wonder will be.

    Have a very WONDEROPOLIS day!!!!!!!!! :)

    • We are sending you a BIG WELCOME to Wonderopolis, Leopard!! We couldn’t be happier to hear that you enjoyed today’s Wonder– there is so much more to discover, too! We will see you tomorrow for a very WONDEROPOLIS day!! :)

  12. Great video I wonder what these guys go through every day during training.

    I learned a lot today, for an example I learned that the jumpers have to turn 360% for more power.

    Also I learned that some pro high jumps are littler than some others for different types of reasons; maybe they are more advanced than the others or some other reason.

    It also seems that a lot of people like the sport for all ages for fans and jumpers but the amazing thing is that the Americans were realy good at high jumps then slowly got worse and worse and worse every year.

    Also my question of the day is do the jumpers wear special shoes for jumping or do they wear running shoes?

    • WOWZA, Matt D, you are getting smarter by the minute! Great job! You have learned so much here at Wonderopolis that we are jumping for joy! It takes a great deal of patience, practice and determination to jump as high as the athlete in the video!! We Wonder if you can do some research of your own to find out what kind of footwear high jumping athletes wear to keep them safe and as light as a feather? We can’t wait to hear what you’ve found! :)

    • What a great idea about personal goals, Jules! We bet there were a lot of factors that went into becoming a professional high jumper, but passion and goals were probably at the top of the list! Way to make a great connection to today’s Wonder– you ROCK! :)

  13. I love that video I leared that a flea can jump 220 times its own body length and 150 times its own body height. I leaned that the hightest juump was 8.03 feet. I leaned that the guy’s name was Javier Sotomayor. I wish I could be in the world record book. I think I will.

    • Alright, we are so happy that you’re learning new things left and right, Sasha! We can’t wait to find out what you’ll be in the book of world records for– but it will be WONDERful! Keep up the great WONDERing! :)

  14. Hi it’s Anja,
    I’m in grade 5 and I’m 10 years old.
    I love dogs and a lot of animals and jumping is also fun for me. I love high jumping!
    I cannot believe what I just saw!
    That guy was born with springs in his legs.
    I can’t jump that high at all! I just watched the video of Javier and his most fantastic jump ever! That would be the most amazing thing to do over a bar. Thank you Wonderopolis for your interesting facts and I will be posting way more comments as soon as I can this school year.
    Thanks again, Bye.


    • Hey there Anja, thanks for sharing your AWESOME comment with us today! We think it would be very challenging and rewarding to be a high jumper just like Germaine in the video! It’s incredible to see him jump so HIGH! We are so happy to have you here and we can’t wait to continue WONDERing with us all school year long! Have a WONDERful day, Anja! :)

  15. Hi I’m in Miss Caplin’s class. I thought it was absolutly amazing that elephants can’t jump I never knew that. It’s facinating to learn that a tiny flea can jump an 800 story building, when we humans can barely jump 8 feet.

    • Hi there Maddy11, we are so happy to hear that you’ve learned some new facts about jumping, animals and insects! It’s incredible to understand how far a tiny little flea can go, and how a large elephant can’t jump at all! We love using our imaginations with you– we will see you soon for more WONDERing! :)

    • Hi there Karla, we are happy to have you WONDERing about high jumps with us!! We agree– it is quite incredible to see! We hope you have a WONDERful day, Wonder Friend! :)

  16. I’m in Mrs. Caplin’s class, I thought this was cool in slow motion how he ran and jumped over that bar with it not falling. It was neat.

    • We totally agree, Mtstein7! We are glad that you’re here, WONDERing about high jumps today, too! It was an incredible video to see and we are still in awe by it here at Wonderopolis! We think Germaine is truly an amazing athlete! We can’t wait to do some more WONDERing with you soon! :)

  17. Hi wonderopolis. I thought that this wonder was very interesting today. I think it’s amazing how far people can jump in olympics. I think it’s fun watching that sport in the olympics. It must take a lot of work. :)

    • We’re so glad to hear you found our jumping Wonder interesting, JulianaB123! Olympic athletes are incredible when it comes to training and determination– and we bet you’re a super focused and passionate student! :) Hard work is certainly the key to achieving what you put your mind to– whether it’s sports, academics, arts or being a great friend! We loved your comment today– thank you for sharing! :)

    • Nice work Tiauna! :) We are glad you learned a few new things today– including how to create that smiley face!

      Great guess for tomorrow’s musical Wonder– we hope you enjoy it! :)

  18. Hey wonderopolis I loved the wonder of the day® today!! It was very cool! Man I love high jump, I find it so amazing that they can jump something that is about half a meter above their head!!
    I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day® might be about Mozart or Beetoven or someone famous and musical!! :) Anna

    • We’re SUPER excited to hear that you found the high jump as fascinating as we do, Anna! It’s so much fun to practice jumping, but also AWESOME to watch someone jump so high! We are glad you shared your guess with us for the next day’s Wonder– we hope you are in the mood for music! :)

  19. As my calculation say, I can jump 10 inches higher than myself and my baby brother can jump 7 inches higher than himself. I can jump as high as my dad, and my brother can jump as high as me. :-) :-D

    • WOWEE! You are quite the awesome jumper, Carlos! We bet you and your brother have been doing a great deal of practicing if you can jump that high! Keep up the great work– use your imagination and your feet to take you to new heights! :)

    • Hi Kin, we love your enthusiasm– you can do it if you put your mind to it! Thanks for sharing your jumping comment with us today, Wonder Friend! :)

  20. I think adults can jump highest and especially basketball players they kind of have to jump high. I am not the best at basketball because I am kind of short but I know anything is possible.


    • We are so proud of your great response, Eric! Way to go! Although adults, who are naturally taller, can jump high, you can still try something new! We bet you can be a great jumper, Wonder Friend! :)

  21. Dear Wonderopolis,

    Thanks for directing us to this amazing video about jumping. It was so cool to see him jump. We find it amazing how high he can jump. Was that the world record we saw? Where did you find that video? Can we see a video of a flea jumping in slow motion? That would be cool. Thanks for being a “wonder”ful place for us to hang out!

    Mrs. Lenz’s WONDERful class!

    • WOHOO, our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Lenz’s class are jumping with Wonder today! We are glad you liked our jumping Wonder– it’s pretty incredible to think about jumping that high, isn’t it!?

      We Wonder if you can find a flea jumping in slow motion– that sounds very cool indeed! We would love to hear about any other cool, jumping things you find while WONDERing and using your imaginations! Great work, Wonder Friends! :)

    • It sure is impressive, isn’t it Adrien!? We know that it takes a lot of practice and hard work to accomplish a jump that high! We Wonder how high you can jump? :)

  22. I love this blog and i like all the information you give us on the blog because this is my 1 blog i read allot but this one is GREAT!!!!!! wonderoplis is my top reading website.

    • That’s WONDERful to hear, Lance! Thanks so much for hanging out with us in Wonderopolis! We think you’re a GREAT Wonder Friend!! :)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Who jumps the highest?
  • Is there an animal that cannot jump?
  • What human holds the world record for the highest jump?

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Did today’s Wonder of the Day get you jumping about? Keep the learning hopping by checking out one or more of the following activities with a friend or family member:

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  • In today’s Wonder of the Day, you learned that humans aren’t the most impressive jumpers. The animal kingdom has much more impressive jumpers. Check out Legendary Leapers: 12 of Nature’s Highest Hoppers to learn more about these incredible jumpers.
  • Up for a challenge? How about a jumping frog contest? Check out Illuminations’ The Celebrated Jumping Frog activity to test if your “frog” can go the distance!

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