quotes from non unicyclists

HEY I LIKE YOUR TRICYCLE.

THATS A COOL MOTERCYCLE.

HOW CAN YOU RIDE THAT THING

HOW DO YOU ANSWER THESE STUPID PEOPLE :thinking:

I usually chuckle and say “Hey, How’r ya’ll doin.”

Remember, they mostly can’t help being Muggles. (Poor b*stards)

yea i know what u mean, i have got’n all of those before.
The one question i always get for some reason is HOW FAR CAN U RIDE THAT THING? It pisses me off! here iam coming through town riding for miles (and they can see me coming before they start asking those dumb questions) and they still ask a stupid thing like that. :thinking: And doesn’t anybody know it is a unicycle? Ive had people call it a bike and tricycle before too! :thinking: :angry:

I love it though when I see kids correct their parents, I’ve had that happen a few times. The parents say “look at that bike” and the kids are like “it’s a unicycle”

Re: quotes from non unicyclists

“unicycle dave” <unicycle.dave@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com>
wrote in message
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> HEY I LIKE YOUR TRICYCLE.
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> THATS A COOL MOTERCYCLE.
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> HOW CAN YOU RIDE THAT THING
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> HOW DO YOU ANSWER THESE STUPID PEOPLE :thinking:
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You really must cool it: these people are not experts. If you came upon
say an Irish dancer, or more appropriately in here a Morris Dancer, you
would also not know anything about it, nor would you know the precise names
for all the various items in use. Neither would I. Does that make me
stupid? I suspect not, and I cannot see why it should so easily confuse
you.
The answers you need are:

“Thanks very much, so do I, and it is a unicycle by the way”
“It is a unicycle, but nice of you to say it is cool. I agree with you” and
" Practice, practice practice"

If we get annoyed at trivial questions and comments it is we who are stupid,
not them. Derogatory comments “Oh look at the idiot D.H. on that silly
one wheelie thing” are different, but still best ignored maybe, unless you
have some genuinely witty response and are also at some physical advantage
if things turn nasty…

Live with it: we are doing something most people see as plain daft, ( I
think it pretty daft myself, but enjoyable) and if we get called clowns so
what? You cannot expect others to know we take all this seriously.

Nao

The most annoying one I’ve gotten was when my brother on his MUni and I, on my trials unicycles, went by a mother and her little kid, the kid asked the mother: “why is the one riding a bigger wheel then the other one?” to which the mother immediately replied: “That is because one “boy” is shorter then the other.” My brother and I are both 6’ tall, riding 24" and 19" unicycles. I wonder what she would have said if one of us was on a Coker? :roll_eyes:

Most of the time I enjoy hearing comments, but parents answering their kid’s questions wrongly are annoying to me.

Wait until you are a parent and have to think of an answer real fast for kids’ many questions. The answers don’t always come out intelligent.

Point taken.

Re: quotes from non unicyclists

In article <mzkWe.1907$1A.42@newsfe1-gui.ntli.net>,
“Naomi” <naomi_sajeri@hotmail.com> wrote:

> “unicycle dave” <unicycle.dave@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com>
> wrote in message
> news:unicycle.dave.1veym5@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com
> >
> > HEY I LIKE YOUR TRICYCLE.
> >
> > THATS A COOL MOTERCYCLE.
> >
> > HOW CAN YOU RIDE THAT THING
> >
> > HOW DO YOU ANSWER THESE STUPID PEOPLE :thinking:
> >
> You really must cool it: these people are not experts.

heh.

About a month ago, i was told that i was a good ice skater. :slight_smile:

I think you’re right, actually.

For most people, the word “unicycle” gets accessed 1e-3 times less than
something like “rollerblade”. Most people’s brains index BICYCLES,
rollerblades, ice skates, pogosticks, tricycles …and unicycles under
some general functional category of, let’s say, “transportation device”.
The word bike is accessed a lot. Many times a week probably. We are
practiced at saying it.

Then they see a uni. Their lookup algorithm says “That is a
transportation devi-- alert! alert! it is NOT a bicycle! It’s a…
um…”, and their lookup routine just misaddresses the specific memory
for how to say the word unicycle, and the functional near-match
tricycle, roller blade, etc. is accessed instead. The cognitive
scientist’s name for this syndrome is “brain fart”.

That’s what i thimk.

…max

When they’re your own kids (I don’t have any) does it suddenly become imperative to make stuff up? What’s wrong with “I don’t know?” That might even generate less additional questions from a child at the billion-questions age.

I know many people have an aversion to admitting they don’t know stuff. It gets quite funny at times. Nobody knows everything. When I was little I thought my dad did, but as it turns out he was just good at answering questions. I don’t think he made much up…

As for people on the street, some are not going to know what a unicycle is called. Nor do they know what to call a penny-farthing or lots of other things. The only way for us to change this is to make unicycling as popular as skateboarding. Or at least more popular than luge.

Re: quotes from non unicyclists

> HEY I LIKE YOUR TRICYCLE.
>
> THATS A COOL MOTERCYCLE.
>
> HOW CAN YOU RIDE THAT THING
>
> HOW DO YOU ANSWER THESE STUPID PEOPLE :thinking:

A friend of mine suggested a response to bicyclists:
“Oh look! Yours still has the training wheel on!”.

:slight_smile:

Mark

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Yes, it seems to be. :slight_smile: It’s actually sort of a game many parents play. I make stuff up even, or espeically, when I know the answer, and my kids untease the riddle. For example, I like to attribute almost everything to gorillas.

I suspect that lady was probably playing a concept game with her kids. I do it all the time. They ask a question. I give an absurd answer. My kids then give me the elongated “Daaaaad!” with the rolling eyes. Then they critically evaluate my response, their question, and come to the right answer on their own.

A growing mind is a great experiment to watch.

Re: quotes from non unicyclists

Heheh, I like your point about people’s “lookup” time being rather longer
when identifying a unicycle. People generally seem to have trouble putting
a name to it. I don’t think I ever did, even before I started - guess it
was fate.

On a couple of occasions I’ve had people obviously struggling to think of
the word, who then come out with “monocycle”. This strikes me as slightly
weird - I guess people are reconstructing the word from its components
instead of remembering. Ironically they’re coming up with the name of an
even less common object :wink:

When my parents tell their friends I’m learn to unicycle, the inverse lookup
procedure occurs, followed by “What? Like clowns ride?” :smiley:

Mark

Brave Sir Stupid wrote:

> In article <mzkWe.1907$1A.42@newsfe1-gui.ntli.net>,
> “Naomi” <naomi_sajeri@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>> “unicycle dave” <unicycle.dave@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com>
>> wrote in message
>> news:unicycle.dave.1veym5@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com…[color=darkred]
>> >
>> > HEY I LIKE YOUR TRICYCLE.
>> >
>> > THATS A COOL MOTERCYCLE.
>> >
>> > HOW CAN YOU RIDE THAT THING
>> >
>> > HOW DO YOU ANSWER THESE STUPID PEOPLE :thinking:
>> >
>> You really must cool it: these people are not experts.
>
> heh.
>
> About a month ago, i was told that i was a good ice skater. :slight_smile:
>
> I think you’re right, actually.
>
> For most people, the word “unicycle” gets accessed 1e-3 times less than
> something like “rollerblade”. Most people’s brains index BICYCLES,
> rollerblades, ice skates, pogosticks, tricycles …and unicycles under
> some general functional category of, let’s say, “transportation device”.
> The word bike is accessed a lot. Many times a week probably. We are
> practiced at saying it.
>
> Then they see a uni. Their lookup algorithm says “That is a
> transportation devi-- alert! alert! it is NOT a bicycle! It’s a…
> um…”, and their lookup routine just misaddresses the specific memory
> for how to say the word unicycle, and the functional near-match
> tricycle, roller blade, etc. is accessed instead. The cognitive
> scientist’s name for this syndrome is “brain fart”.
>
> That’s what i thimk.
>
> .max[/color]

My Quotes so far:

Hey, a one-wheeler!

Woah, cool tricycle!

How do you ride that!?!

Can I try?

Look, daddy, a clown!

Oh, hey, a unicyclist!

Where’s your other wheel?

From a teen-aged girl, she didn’t say anything, she took my picture with her cell phone.

While riding in my neighborhood, a father and young son watched me from their yard. There was silence until I got past them then I heard the boy say, “Dad, look at his shoes!”. I wear Vans when I ride. I guess old guys aren’t supposed to wear Vans.

Spot on, Munipsycho. However, I also like to extend this game to the “shrinking” mind of teenagers, and other adults :smiley:

Old habits die hard… on occasion, I too have been known to utter the b-word in reference to my uni :blush: (Ducks thrown bottles and kittens)

classic
it seems that in our ongoing analysis of the general public’s response to seeing a unicyclist (the ‘brain fart’ post definately added to our understanding of the processes involved), we have to create a subsection where we recognise some people’s almost hell-bent commitment to find some point of commonality
even with someone as ostensibly ‘weird’ as one who rides a unicycle

i think the young man is to be commended for finding ‘something the same’ instead of just staring himself blind at the ‘obviously different’

this post refers

People have been making stuff up ever since they had the mental capacity to do so, e.g. stories, religions, scientific theories. Kids spontaneously make stuff up from an early age. The drive to create meaning from seemingly random stuff has always been there - unicycling is no different to cosmological theory in this respect.

If all else fails, answer a question with an even dafter question :wink:

Chris

You know, I like it when you’re riding along towards someone and they haven’t seen you, they look up briefly and glance at you and look away. Then you can almost hear thier brains go “that wasn’t the bike I was expecting it to be” and they look back up again and either look impressed or amazed or shocked or whatever.

Cathy