Things not to do on a unicycle: #11; Riding a hamster unicycle on water

This is an article for an upcoming issue of ON ONE WHEEL. In the process
of sending the copy to editor Constance Cotter, I thought you folks
might find it interesting. Not good, just interesting. What you miss out
on is the picture, which must be sent by cruder means (I know that
electronically I can send a cruder version of the picture, but not good
enough for publishing. Also, I don’t have the equipment to scan it in,
so sign up for your own copy of ON ONE WHEEL!). Imagine a tropical beach
scene; blue sky, bright sand, and palm trees. A balding, skinny man with
no tan is inside an 8 foot tall, inflatable hamster wheel. It’s shaped
like a ladder bent all the way into a circle. In the picture, he looks
like he knows what he’s doing.

THINGS NOT TO DO ON A UNICYCLE
#11: Riding a hamster unicycle on water

    In December, John Foss was in Singapore, doing 21 shows with the New
    York based National Circus Project. Between shows he got into mischief.
    At the beach on Sentosa Island, a place for tourists, they had water
    vehicles. They had "tricycles," with three huge fat wheels and two
    seats. They had "bicycles," with two pontoons and one seat. These both
    had pedals. Then they had the "Wonderwheel," with one giant wheel and no
    seat! For $18 Singapore, John tried it, along with Susan and David
    Lange, juggler/acrobats from Florida, for one hour. Soft water is a
    great place to learn this thing. To walk on it requires a combination of
    climbing a giant, slippery ladder, and thinking like a hamster. A wet
    hamster. The straps you see are there to help hold the round shape. They
    are not attached to the "rider." With practice, they were able to stay
    up for a while, but never going in a straight line. The wheel must have
    needed truing!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: THINGS NOT TO DO #10 MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED. IF IT WASN’T,
IT WILL BE ALONG IN A FUTURE ISSUE. THE STORY THERE WAS “RIDING A UNICYCLE IN
TIANNANMEN SQUARE, CHINA.” FOSS AND HALPERN WERE ALMOST ARRESTED, BUT WE WILL
SAVE THAT STORY FOR ANOTHER TIME.

John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation unifoss@cerfnet.com

heres something you can if you want to try

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SUPER NECRO-POST! Even the image you just posted is from 1997… :slight_smile:

me wants pictures of wonderwheel

Holycrap.

16 years? holy poop!

This thread is older than you.:stuck_out_tongue:

not quite, my birthdays december the 4th, this was made on december the 20th!
im 16 days older than this thread! :smiley:

thats cool mys the 4th too

haha nice! of which year?

1993

1 year older than me! how awesome! :slight_smile:

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Thanks.

well sorry maestro8

Man, i thought you were bad a year ago, you’ve really gotten senile.

One of the main reasons why I want to go to the Vancouver Mountain Unicycling Weekend is so that I can see the maestro. I want to find out if it’s all an act (how he’s such a Nazi on here).

You’re in for a disappointment. But I guess Maestro wouldn’t have it any other way. :slight_smile:

Meanwhile, back at the (ancient) topic, the picture of the hamster wheel is here. Sorry they’re so small. The Internet has come a long way since the days of 640 x 480 monitors and 14.4 kb modems!

Hmmmpphhh. The usenet gateway hasn’t worked for years. That’s why I’ve resorted to reading via the web forum.

hahahahaha… I would say this would make my day, but that was already made after almost 20 hours of work on a 68 mustang and getting to hear it fire up for the first time in 17 years.