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Nick The Wonder Hamster

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Published on Jan 4, 2014

This is my first YouTube video. It was taken 4/24/2004 with my friend Dave's phone that was limited to 30 second video clips, so there is a short break at 0:30 and 1:00

Nick the Wonder Hamster was about 1 year old at the time. Over his life time, he wrapped the counter about 26 times. Each 100000 feet is 18.94 miles , so he ran about 492 miles (or 2,600,000 feet), which is about 491 miles longer than I have ever run.

He was dearly loved by my wife and I.

For those of you who are curious, the wheel has a circumference of 2 feet, and has 2 magnets on opposite sides of the outside of the wheel. So 100000 on the counter is 50000 full rotations. The cheap plastic bearing (as seen in the video) in the middle of the wheel wore out after about 10 x 100000 feet, so Dave and I made a custom replacement with a high performance ball bearing taken from a disk drive. It let the wheel turn much more quietly, and with very little wobble.

How fast is Nick going? at 0:16 the counter is 99750, at 0:41 it is 99898, so 148 feet in 25 seconds. That works out to 21312 feet per hour, or a bit over 4 MPH.

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