05 April 2008

Falkirk Wheel

Friends of mine like roller coasters. Screw that. I wanna ride the Falkirk Wheel:
I've long been fascinated by locks and canals (I walked over the Erie Canal twice a day my first year of grad school), and this is one of the cooler mechanisms I've seen. It's even quite energy efficient: because the two caissons (the 'chairs' of this two-chair merry-go-round) always weigh the same, it takes very little energy to run the thing.

If I'm ever in Scotland, I'm totally checking this out.

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