Ooh-ooh-ooh! It’s stopped raining! The sun came out!
I’d better get out there and start writing. It won’t be long now before the cold weather sets in and the ink won’t run from my pen (yes, I’ve actually tried to writing on days that cold–and that’s what happened), and I have a book I’ve got to finish.
Phoebe mentioned being as busy as a hamster spinning in a wheel, so here are some busy hamsters for you to contemplate. How come they don’t get dizzy when they do this? Sixty seconds of this stuff and I don’t think a human being would ever recover from it. This deserves serious study.
Ah, Behold! What a time I’ve had with you! It wasn’t till near the end of May that the weather allowed me to start work on you–a whole month lost, right out of the batter’s box. And I still don’t know what anybody in the story is going to behold.
Nevertheless, I am being pulled along willy-nilly, the current’s strong and I can’t swim against it–and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, awaaaay we go!
Apparently hamsters like sliding. I wonder how it compares to running so fast inside an exercise wheel that first your legs and then the rest of you turns into a blur.
The famed Egyptologist Howard Carter, who discovered and opened Tutankhamen’s tomb, has nothing to say about sliding hamsters.
How do hamsters do this? My mice enjoyed their exercise wheel, but never went anywhere near that fast. You’d think that after a while the hamster would realize what would happen if he pushed the wheel too hard, and he’d slow down. But you would be hopelessly wrong.
The hamster’s legs, as he does this, are only a blur. Consider: If a human being were running so fast that his legs could only be filmed as a blur… how fast would he be going?
It’s something to think about if you can’t get to sleep.
This is too short to serve as our feature fillum tonight, but it’s well worth seeing. Is this a super-hamster? Look at him take those stairs! One cannot but marvel…
Just because you’re little and fuzzy doesn’t mean you can’t be nuts. These hamsters are determined to prove it.
Consider two things. 1) If a human being, like a hamster, were to run so fast that the camera could only record his legs as a blur–just how fast would he be going? And 2) why don’t these shenanigans on the wheel make hamsters desperately dizzy? That’s probably something NASA should investigate!
Well, okay, maybe he wasn’t–but as an explorer, he had nothin’ on the hamster in this video.
Imagine yourself in the Land of Huge Colossal Giants (about 12 miles south of Sayreville, NJ), stuck in a giant’s house where the risers on the stairs are ten feet high. Are you going up those stairs? Ah! But the hamster goes tirelessly up and down the stairs and all around the house, and even climbs up into somebody’s lap for a brief cuddle.
Determined little character, isn’t he?
A couple different people have told me that the video I posted yesterday, of cats reacting to cat videos, occasioned some consternation among their own cats. Well, I don’t want to acquire that kind of reputation. This evening, instead of cats or dogs, I offer hamsters. No one really notices whether hamsters like a video or not. They mostly keep those opinions to themselves.
Admit it–if you were a hamster’s size, you’d never get up this flight of stairs, not if your life depended on it. I knew someone once who was as small as a hamster, and he just couldn’t manage stairs.
But watch this little guy! He doesn’t just climb ’em; he climbs ’em fast.
If you think this video of a hamster exploring a dollhouse isn’t sufficiently exciting–well, a little imagination can fix that. Simply imagine that it’s a real house, a house for humans, and that the hamster going up and down the stairs is really that big. A gigantic huge hamster. Imagine a hamster as big as a pro wrestler scampering up your stairs.
As for the giant hand… Try to ignore it. Maybe it’ll go away.
When I watch hamsters do their stuff, I always wonder: how fast would a human being have to run, for his legs to vanish in a blur of perpetual motion? What would that look like?
Another thing I wonder about: how come the hamsters don’t get horribly dizzy from spinning themselves around and around so fast? How long would it take you to get riotously ill, doing that?