I was performing at an alternative transport festival on the weekend. I was alternating between riding a 20" uni and my penny farthing.
When I was riding the penny farthing a small child shouted to her mum “Wow, look at that!”
to which the mother replied in knowing tones “That’s a funny bike, isn’t it? It’s called a unicycle.”
It made me laugh - I didn’t feel like correcting her so I kept on pedalling.
Wayne van Wijk
p.s. on the down side, I let someone ride the penny farthing after the gig and he did the wrong thing and broke the wheel. OUCH!
I’ve had my uni’s be called bikes many times, but I’ve never heard someone call a bike a unicycle. Congradulations.
Happens all the time on eBay. Do a search for “unicycl*” and you’ll usually get at least one item where the seller is describing a penny farthing (usually in a trinket, not the real thing), which clearly has two wheels, as a unicycle. Duh.
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“australia” <email@example.com> wrote in message
> When I was riding the penny farthing a small child shouted to her mum
> “Wow, look at that!”
> to which the mother replied in knowing tones “That’s a funny bike, isn’t
> it? It’s called a unicycle.”
Just this last weekend an over ambitious and mathematically challenged
teenager [Aren’t they all? ] pointed at the 5 foot giraffe and
“Can I have a go on your tricycle?”
Re: Re: Funny comment
seems like the comment of the season