Is it possible to build a hamster chariot?
September 9, 2013 2:55 PM Subscribe
A single hamster inside a sphere can propel itself around a room. Likewise, one could imagine that two hamsters in tiny harnesses would be able to pull something small… perhaps another hamster on a tiny skateboard. My question is whether it would be possible to translate the locomotive energy of hamsters (perhaps using pulleys and hamster wheels) enough that it could pull a light vehicle seating a ~50 kg person (the chariot), or whether the friction and the necessary weight of the apparatus itself would place an upper-limit on the amount of energy one could extract from hamsters.
posted by Frankieist to travel & transportation (15 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I realize it's a silly question, but it's something I have pondered for a very long time.