This week, history comes alive on the pages of Hooniverse, much like Peter Frampton historically did all those years ago. Up to now, we’ve been focusing on failures – both men and machines. Some of you found those to be synonymous, marking each day’s response with the same nominee, and for that I say, huzzah!
Anyway, enough with the downers, the fail whale has breached for the very last time here this week, and now we’re going to look back on the Automotive world of alternative lifestyles. That’s right, liking cars is a choice, and as such should get no special treatment. Those of you who like auto-alternatives however, will get plenty of special treatment today.
Monorail! monorail! monorail! Is there a chance the track could bend? Not on your life, my Hindu friend. . . Whether uni-tracked train or individual mobility option, there have been a plethora of contenders for getting people out of there cars, and off of the roads. There’s even this which shows how you can fit sixty people on a bicycle – a very big one apparently. There’s also been Clive Sinclair’s C5 – of which thousands were sold in Great Britain, and just like the thousands of Stair-Masters sold in the US each year, molder unused.
And then there’s the Segway – designed by evil genius Dean Kamen – which, when it was unveiled to him, Steve Jobs derided as embarrassing and stupid. But now he’s dead, and the Segway is still keeping lardastic airport security staff from ever worrying about breaking a sweat, or wearing out the soles of their Red Wings. Segway 1, Steve Jobs, zilch. With so many alternative modes of transportation developed over the years, is there one that might’ve actually gotten you out of your car? At least once in a while?
Image source: [unterlechner.com]
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