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When I was a kid I came across a device
some amusement park that featured a
"musical chicken". Naturally, I felt that all
my life's experiences to that point had
been a warmup for this, the ultimate
entertainment the universe had to offer:
chicken that played the piano.
put a quarter in and that opened a
door that was supposed to allow the bird
to walk over to a piano that had some
ground corn dropped onto the keys.
Naturally, the chicken just stood there as
the door opened and looked at me with
his beady little eyes as if to say: Whos
the asshole now? It didnt budge, it
play the piano and I learned a valuable
lesson: Life sucks. Others might have
taken some other lesson away from the
experience but that was my take on it.
My idea is to expand on this concept for
future generations. Instead of one
have 12 hamsters in separate
compartments with doors, like the
gate of a horse race. Upon depositing a
quarter, the doors open in a pre-
programmed sequence letting them run
down a shoot where they pick up some
hamster food thats been automatically
deposited on some instrument that's
struck when the hamster grabs the food.
piano key, a cymbal, a bellows that blows
a flute, that sort of thing. It plays the
of the song at the right time in the
sequence and a song is played.
on the instructions that it will play
My God to Thee or something.
The point is, the kid will put their quarter
in, the hamsters will just sit there or run
away from the sound of the gates
and closing in precise sequence,
everybody will get a good laugh and the
kid will get a valuable lesson in
engineering, namely: Just because it
good on paper, doesn't mean it'll work in
the real world.
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||Having played (and lost!) tic-tc-toe (noughts and crosses) with a pigeon, I think you just got a duff chicken.
||Will do. (I'll also check out the dolphin
orchestra butI assume that's designed to
to work though.)
||You know, in retrospect, I think the
chicken was just full. There were a lot of
people there that day.
||//in retrospect, I think the chicken was just full.//
||that is a valuable life lesson, my friend. the chicken was full that day. when things don't go the way you expect them to, "the chicken was full."
||Perhaps the outside of a hamster wheel could be constructed like the drum of a musical box mechanism.
||That'd work plus it could power the kettle.
||"the chicken was full." [Marked-for-tagline]
||[doctorremulac3] - take notice: only captive raised hamsters should be used for this project. If you should find yourself in possession of wild hamsters, you shall feed them liberally without any obligation on the part of the wild hamsters.
||[Anathema Device] Sounds like another Monday at the office.
||//humans live in the world they made//
||for the most part. there are, of course, exceptions. and i agree with the loss of freedom for pet owners. many's the day i'm thankful i only have plants to water.
||A word from the company President:
Doctor Remulac 3s Wacky Animals
Entertaiment LTD. guarantees that no
free range hamsters are ever used for
our entertaiment products. Further,
DR3s WAE warrants that no hamsters
were hurt in the writing of this
||We at DR3 believe in not just preserving
the freedom of the wild hamster, and
the preservation of it's natural habitat,
(wherever that is), but in the spirit
these proud creatures embody.
||Doctor Remulac 3,
President, DR3 Incorporated,
Father and friend of the hamster.
||(Janet, send them the "We care" letter
and be sure to take my instruction note
off this time for God's sake.)
||//So the idea is to take a creature from freedom and give it a cage in which to live out its days, then make it work for the privilege of its food? What kind of lesson is that?//
It would teach them to evolve into something more useful.
||//So the idea is to take a creature from
freedom and give it a cage in which to
out its days, then make it work for the
privilege of its food? What kind of
that? - - - - -//
||Might want to read more than just the
title A, if you did you'd see that the
hamsters don't do anything.
||All respect to ya A. I like animals too. :)
||This sounds like a job for the Theramin. You could construct a maze between the hamster and the food in a shape that produced a recognisable tune.
||Actually, I know what I'd love to see. A bee operated theramin. No, seriously, this is not a "let's stick bees and jam in it" idea, it would be nice the have the sound of the workers returning to the hive amplified and distorted.
||[sp: theremin.] That would be awesome!
||does theremin work under water? after watching Blue Planet, try substituting bees for fish.
||Hmmm. Great idea. A fish symphony!
||If they played Flight of the Bumblebees, would the universe explode?