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The Channel Zorbing

Cross the English Channel in a zorb
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The English Channel, from what I've heard has been swam, jet-skiied and hovered across, so why not zorb across it?

Like those boat-tanks that they get for some people swimming long distances, why not just have one of those and put a zorb (with paddles attached to the outside) inside instead? They could run and run and run (like my friends pet hamster) until they get to France.

froglet, Dec 03 2005

Hydro Bronc http://www.waterspo...ore2/hydrobronc.htm
[Shz, Dec 04 2005]

Check out the video http://www.national...ds/0107/hydrobronc/
(Hydro Bronc) [Shz, Dec 04 2005]

Florida man arrested after trying to cross Atlantic in 'human-powered hamster wheel' https://www.nbcnews...amster-w-rcna103873
[xaviergisz, Sep 08 2023]

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       Neat idea, but there really isn't enoughroom inside a Zorb to run - make it bigger and it should work like the over-sized hamster wheel you envisage.
DrCurry, Dec 03 2005

       Which would make it similar to jogging across the channel. Can I get out and swim when it gets too hot?
normzone, Dec 04 2005

       The government is always arresting people for things which should not be a crime. This is an egregious example.
Voice, Sep 08 2023

       We should invite this Reza Baluchi to join us.
pertinax, Sep 10 2023

       If you provided a stripe all around the perimeter for orientation, and aligned raised ribs/fins along that axis, when you ran you could get some real headway with a spherical vehicle. A smooth outer surface will be at the mercy of wind and current, and you need some direction if you want to get to France. Or back.
minoradjustments, Sep 15 2023

       Rishi Sunak could cleverly provide these cross-channel zorbs, free-issue, to be used in lieu of small boats. He will then have completely eliminated small boats by dint of their having become obsolete, and be perceived to be a man of his word.
bhumphrys, Sep 18 2023


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