…as you celebrate National Inventors Day (and really, can enough ever be said about Francis A. Pratt?), but we would be remiss if we did not alert you that our pal Burr Deming has posted his best-of-the-web links complete with wry commentary at the essential blog Fair and Unbalanced.
We will of course keep this post on top and fresher posts —if any!— will be below.
True Fact: there have been many, many deisigns for monowheel conveyances in the past, and most suffer from a singular flaw.
Normal operation involes the central part staying still(-ish) while the outer wheel turns. But if the speed of the outer wheel is suddenly changed (as in braking) there’s a tendency for the inner portion (with the rider) to rotate due to inertia.
This phenomenon is called “Gerbiling”.
( and no not THAT way, you filthy-minded scissorheads, like a gerbil in a hamster wheel doing loops when it gets moving too fast)
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Looks like smoking stunted the growth of his lower legs and feet.