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Escalator Olympics

A series of competitions using escalators
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"Citius, Altius, Fortius" - Swifter, Higher, Stronger!

Event #1 Reverse Dash - Who can sprint to the top first?

Event #2 Downhill Slolam - Run down, weaving between the flags (miss the flag and your time is penalized)

Event #3 Escaball - Played like basketball with a hoop at the top and a hoop at the bottom. Team members riding up and down (and backpeddaling to remain in place if necessary) have to bounce then pass the ball, trying to move it up to the hoop and in!

Event #4 Greased Pigalator - One team of blockers (defense) is on the escalator and they have to stop the other team members (offense) from reaching bottom. The offense team can get as greased up as they'd like and points are scored if they can dash all the way up/down the escalator

What other events am I missing?

rkw77, Jul 21 2011

Doh! http://poplico.over...er-Simpson_jpg.html
completely irrelevant but I feel somehow compelled to link to this. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 21 2011]

The Angel, London http://www.youtube....ure=player_embedded
[po, Jul 22 2011]


       "That kid is back on the escalator! I hope his shoelaces get caught and a bloodbath ensues!"   

Alterother, Jul 21 2011

       I, for one, would like to see roller-derby played on an ovoid moving sidewalk.
Alterother, Jul 21 2011

       Escurling, start at the top, try to get as many of your thingums near to the target before they come parading back up at you.   

       Hurdalators, run sideyways across a long bank of escalators running in alternate directions.
pocmloc, Jul 21 2011

       Hurdalators sounds awesome (and would make some great highlight reels as the hurdalator has to adjust the jumps to take the alternating forces into account)
rkw77, Jul 21 2011

       I think this would be great (and satisfyingly bloody) if it included moving sidewalks as well. Anyone who's been in the airport in Prague should immediately agree with me that there is definite potential for moving-sidewalk hurdle-relays: first, all the runners must race from the starting line, with €7.50 tucked into thier waistband (or more convenient bustline, for the women's events) to the beer vending machines, where they must shotgun two 20 oz. cans of Budweiser Budvar pilsner. Then the long- distance runners will set out going against the direction of the (I estimate from memory) 500-meter people movers, negotiating sever hurdles and possibly a coulple of limbo sticks as they reach the end. There, they pass the batons to the sprinters, who run back along going the proper direction, negotiating not only hurdles but also fat American tourists who think people-movers are for standing on instead of augmenting walking speed. The return-sprint would be the crowd favorite, as the runners would achieve relative speeds of 40+ mph (and equivalent momentum), making for spectacularly bloody falls.   

       Escalator bicycle races would also be an event I'd buy tickets for, but not front-row tickets.   

       (Edit: I'm pretty sure it was Prague that had the really fast moving sidewalks. I know that was where I bought the beer from the vending machine. Come to think of it, I don't remember much of that flight...)
Alterother, Jul 21 2011

       How about the Personal Injury Lawyer Dash? Bun! [+]
Grogster, Jul 21 2011

       //The return-sprint would be the crowd favorite, as the runners would achieve relative speeds of 40+ mp// Excellent! It should end with a long-jump.
mouseposture, Jul 22 2011

       ...onto an escalator.
Alterother, Jul 22 2011

       The Special Escalympics could take place in an elevator. Sorry.
phundug, Jul 22 2011

       You might have missed the one called *fake insurance claim*...(story) I was in a store in NYC and actually watched a woman with a cane pretend to get it stuck in the lower part of the moving escalator. She proceeded to fall on the floor and scream for help. (I only know this was fake because one of the sales people told me it was the third time that week she had done it!) So, for my idea- the escalator pole vault! [+]

       oops, I see [Grog] has mentioned the personal injury lawyer dash!
xandram, Jul 22 2011


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