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rollslab

More efficient way to move things
 
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Could one not conceivably take a medium, such as stone or wood, or perhaps even a naturally occuring tree trunk, and shape, carve, chip or slice the material into a foreshortened ball, or disk which, by its very nature, rotating around its central point of transformation in one plan (its axis of rotation, one might say), would move forward with much greater ease due to its natural shape, circular, that permits it to roll, especially downhill.

Might one not, further, somehow support a load, perhaps by driving a shaft or pole through this central axis and carefully balancing at either extreme of this pole one half of the total load, be it soil or grain or eggs or what have you, hung with chords from a bag, one at each end, which are tied loosely enough to permit the pole to slip around with ease, never snagging nor tangling the coils of rope.

Thus a farmer could carry a heavier load using this 'rollslab' and with much less effort, and he need only take great care to ensure the loads are balanced evenly and do not slip and produce disasterous consequences.

vurn, May 03 2003

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       it'll never work.
ato_de, May 03 2003
  

       Cam shaped?
bristolz, May 03 2003
  

       weeelll, is this like reinventing something?
po, May 04 2003
  

       Even if it does work, it'll never catch on.
ato_de, May 04 2003
  

       and even if it did catch on, it'd never take off   

       my granpa had something like this, the village folk said it would make the whole pushbox too heavy, but it quickly turned into a hayride
peter2, May 04 2003
  
      
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