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leo
2006-01-30, 10:23 PM
Bad news...
The entry for "Bear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear)" on wikipedia, now contains the word unicycle.

lleberg
2006-01-30, 10:30 PM
Soon we'll take over the world!

olarf
2006-01-30, 10:32 PM
why is it bad ?

Aren't there many unicycling bears in the Netherlands ?
Here in Germany all bears could not read and so theay also couldn't read those laws against unicycling Bears.
How ever, it must be two weeks ago when I saw the last group of arround 10 Bears on unicycles passing our village (maybe while training for the Laos Tour)

I think they would going crazy if they could catch a set of Munis some days :)

koebwil
2006-01-30, 10:40 PM
why is it bad ?
Because soon we may be dead to stephen colbert

habbywall
2006-01-30, 11:18 PM
why were you looking at the wikipedia entry for bear, and where is it in there?
under what section?

burjzyntski
2006-01-31, 01:53 AM
This reminded me of a 'joke' that I heard from a friend the other day. I laughed even though it may be cruel, but we don't have bears around here and I'm wary of them when we go camping out of state (TN,SC,NC,GA,MI,ME,etc.)

Q: "How do you teach a bear to ride a unicycle/bicycle?"



....



A: "You nail it's feet to the pedals and beat it with a stick."

James_Potter
2006-01-31, 01:56 AM
why were you looking at the wikipedia entry for bear, and where is it in there?
under what section?
can't answer your first question, but its under Other, and it says

Laws have been passed in many areas of the world to protect bears from hunters or habitat destruction. Bears in captivity used to be trained to dance, box, or unicycle, but it is now controversial to use animals in this way.

burjzyntski
2006-01-31, 02:17 AM
They also tend to live a bit longer in captivity.



....must be all that unicycling/juggling exercise :rolleyes:...

James_Potter
2006-01-31, 02:20 AM
or because theres no hunters, they get food and water without hunting or foraging, the whole everything....

tyler_cochrane
2006-01-31, 06:35 AM
This reminded me of a 'joke' that I heard from a friend the other day. I laughed even though it may be cruel, but we don't have bears around here and I'm wary of them when we go camping out of state (TN,SC,NC,GA,MI,ME,etc.)

Q: "How do you teach a bear to ride a unicycle/bicycle?"



....



A: "You nail it's feet to the pedals and beat it with a stick."
that made me laugh so hard

wobbling bear
2006-01-31, 01:51 PM
Soon we'll take over the world!
are you talking of bears or of unicyclists ?
(well in both cases I am on the winning ticket:D )

johnfoss
2006-01-31, 06:15 PM
why were you looking at the wikipedia entry for bear, and where is it in there?
Click the link, search the page. It's under "other."

From the pattern of Leo's posts, he obviously searches the Web for occurances of the word "unicycle" or similar words. It's a word that shows up in some really interesting places!

But...

I don't think a bear has ever ridden a unicycle. In all my years involved with this sport, I have never seen a photo or read a written account of a bear riding a unicycle. I have seen a bear ride a tricycle (in the Moscow Circus in NY) and I can picture a bear balancing a bike. But their hind legs are pretty short and bears are not known as balancers. They're great climbers, but I haven't seen much where they balance themselves.

I have seen an elephant walk on a rolling globe, which was one of the most amazing feats of (trained) animal skill I've witnessed.

Wobbling Bear? You're a cartoon, so you still count. Any comment?

leo
2006-01-31, 09:04 PM
From the pattern of Leo's posts, he obviously searches the Web for occurances of the word "unicycle" or similar words. It's a word that shows up in some really interesting places!Correct, I've finaly fixed that announced kind of webbot for it. Soon it will be running on an unicycle-website (have'nt made up my mind which place should be the best), so that everybody can browse the results.

But the amount of results is about 90 articles a day, so some selective moderating is desired. Especially when I'm not online for a day, or two, or three...

The very 1st person I showed it to, made 1 single click and hit an article on unicyclists that were practicing half a mile from his house, of who he did'nt know at all...!

I don't think a bear has ever ridden a unicycle.I've seen 2 monkeys riding unicycles. And I have seen them performing many many shows. So now I regret I've never filmed it.

They were from France.... is UNICON also open for non-human competitors?

I have seen an elephant walk on a rolling globe, which was one of the most amazing feats of (trained) animal skill I've witnessed.Especially when knowing how much fear elephants have for falling!

dale_dale
2006-01-31, 09:26 PM
http://non.primate.net/chicagofreakbike/bikes/unicyclebear.jpg

olarf
2006-01-31, 09:52 PM
Seems realy to be a legend at all.

There are many Books and Storys about those unicycling Bears and also a lot of paintings and teddys but not one real picture or story about a bear doing that. They always ride on things where they can place their Hands :)
http://www.neunzehnzoll.de/images/bear.jpg

I'm more or less sure now that bears are not able to ride a uni even if there are a lot of legends arround that fact :)

johnfoss
2006-01-31, 11:16 PM
I've seen 2 monkeys riding unicycles. And I have seen them performing many many shows. So now I regret I've never filmed it.
I've seen chimpanzees do it, and read about (and seen photos of) orangutans doing it. The first one I saw was a chimp at the Detroit zoo when I was maybe 10.

is UNICON also open for non-human competitors?
We haven't had any requests yet. They might have trouble filling out the registration form. :) If we have at least two critters who would compete in the same event, I'm sure the host can come up with a competition category for that. You have to have at least two for it to be competition, and (IMO) at least three to justify awards.

Especially when knowing how much fear elephants have for falling!
Yes, due to their massive weight, even a small fall for an elephant can probably be catastrophic. The globe has to be big enough for the elephant to fit on, but the bigger it is, the higher the elephant will be above the ground. Photo:
http://www.unicycling.com/cccp/pix/elephball.jpg

unicycle6869
2006-01-31, 11:26 PM
John,
Why does it say I'm Forbidden when I try clicking on the photo above? It says this exactly:

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /cccp/pix/elephball.jpg on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


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Apache/1.3.34 Server at www.unicycling.com Port 80

irvinegr
2006-01-31, 11:56 PM
i like to eat bears... unicycling bears will have more protein... DOUBLE SCORE!!!!

wobbling bear
2006-02-01, 12:25 PM
Wobbling Bear? You're a cartoon, so you still count. Any comment?
well my handle was not chosen out of fancy ... I am really a bear!
half-kidding: the bear is the "totem" of my family and my first name is Bernard.
some people (with a wicked mind) say the similarities do not end there !:D

Zzagg
2006-02-01, 04:07 PM
some people (with a wicked mind) say the similarities do not end there !:DHmmm! If the think about the bear's associal behaviour, one search one this forum and the french one will quickly show their wrong!!
As for any other similarities... Please tell me you don't think about a particular bone much (male) humans might like to be equiped with:o ;) :D

johnfoss
2006-02-01, 06:04 PM
John,
Why does it say I'm Forbidden when I try clicking on the photo above? It says this exactly:

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access /cccp/pix/elephball.jpg on this server.
You must have done something bad. :p

Otherwise, I'm not sure. It's another symptom of the non-functioning cgi-script that's supposed to display some of the photos linked from my homepage. I was going to post that picture inline, but I was editing the post after-the-fact, where the "button" to do that is not present and I couldn't remember the code. So I attached it to this one.

Thanks Olarf for the bicycling bear photo. It looks like that bear is definitely riding a bike, which I can't remember for sure if I've ever seen or not. And it's a tall bike too!

The photo below was taken at the Riga Circus in Latvia in 1990. The trainer, whose name I can't remember, was a very famous Russain animal trainer, who passed away a few years later. I don't know if anyone else has elephants doing that.

leo
2006-02-02, 12:33 AM
In my circus days we always used to have so much fun with the elephants.

And hey... I just ran an article that contains the words unicycle and elephant: http://www.legalweek.com/ViewItem.asp?id=27424

unicycle6869
2006-02-02, 09:25 PM
In my circus days we always used to have so much fun with the elephants.

And hey... I just ran an article that contains the words unicycle and elephant: http://www.legalweek.com/ViewItem.asp?id=27424

Here is the article:

Final score

The Diary Reports

The Diary is continually amazed that some partners find time for fee earning in between essential lawyerly pursuits such as riding up Machu Picchu on a unicycle or parachuting out of planes dressed as Elvis.

Take horse-whispering Reid Minty senior partner Andrew Reid, for instance, who recently notched up his 150th win as a flat racing trainer.

Or Walker Morris IP lawyer and elephant polo king Warren Little, who helped his Ireland teammates carry off the junior prize at the World Elephant Polo Championship in Nepal late last year.

However, Clifford Chance risk assessment tsar Chris Andrews ( pictured below) gets The Diaryís vote as the legal professionís sports personality of the year, for his frankly unbelievable feat of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with partner-in-brine Clint Evans.

The duo rowed in two-hour shifts for 51 days to complete the 3,000-mile course in aid of the Parkinsonís Disease Society, finishing fourth in a race that also featured Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.

Impressive stuff. However, if you can do better, contact The Diary at the usual address.


Author: The Diarist
Source: Legal Week
Start Date: 02/02/2006
End Date: 09/02/2006