"IT" is revealed

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Dean Kamen's long awaited invention was revealed in NYC yesterday. It is a two-wheeled electric scooter that can travel up to 12 miles per hour and uses gyroscopes to stay upright.

My local paper only had a picture with caption. Hopefully it will get serious print.

-- John Littmann (johntl@mtn.org), December 04, 2001



Honestly, We're Not Making This SHT Up

Manchester, N.H (SatireWire.com) After a year-long buildup during which it was known as the mysterious "Ginger" or "IT," the revolutionary, scooter-like "Segway Human Transporter" was unveiled Monday without first being checked for its potential acronym.

As a result, the media was full of SHT stories, while investors on Wall Street were hoping inventor Dean Kamen would take his cool SHT public so they could get a piece of SHT.

Word about the electric-powered transportation machine was leaked last year, but it took more than 10 years for Kamen and his team to get their SHT together. When the device was introduced Monday on ABC's Good Morning America, riders who took an initial SHT spin were visibly impressed.

"I can't believe this SHT!" said ABC's Diane Sawyer. "It's so fun and stable and quiet. Wow. SHT."

"Boy, I hope no one's looking because I really want to take a SHT right now!" joshed good-natured co-host Charles Gibson.

Gibson will have to wait, however. The company is currently producing only a big SHT for commercial use, and won't make a little SHT for consumers until the 2002 holiday season, said Kamen.

At $3,000 each, however, the consumer model may be out of reach of all but the most generous of gift givers. "If it's three grand, there's no way I can give a SHT," said Holly Dumal of Princeton, N.J. "I wish they'd make a cheap SHT."

Kamen replied that the company would never give its SHT away, but promised a less expensive version was "definitely on our SHT list."

Also in the works: a specially designed device for use by Pope John Paul that will speed the aging pontiff around the Vatican and St. Peters Square. It's name: the Holy SHT.

-- (just an@anonymous.one), December 04, 2001.

Rolling here!

The $100M backing is going to wish it was a hula-hoop!

-- Carlos (riffraff@cybertime.net), December 04, 2001.

I started a thread in early Sept wondering why no critter had ever evolved wheels. The thread never got off the ground because of 9/11.

But here we are----humans are evolving wheels. If the SHT catches on, our legs will atrophy to small stubs because that is all that will be needed to drive a SHT wagon. Natural selection will breed out humans with vestigial legs.

However, a minority of legged humans will be bred in order to provide a continuous source of athletic entertainment. When the apocalypse comes, it will be these legged freaks that survive because they will be able to traverse the unpaved ground that will predominate after the killer asteroid strikes.

-- (lars@indy.net), December 05, 2001.

So, who needs this SHT anyway? ; )

-- Pammy (pamela_sue57@hotmail.com), December 05, 2001.

Wow, this sht is good! (Cheech)

I wonder how much off roading can it do? Would it work on ski slopes?

-- Maria (maria9470@lycos.com), December 05, 2001.

I can hardly wait for obscure sports-TV channels to feature X-treme SHT competitions by white kids.

-- (lars@indy.net), December 05, 2001.

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