Hamster Powered Submarine





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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2009

A real working hamster powered submarine

Update 2015:

After reading some of the comments, we thought we would make a few clarifications. First and foremost, the hamster WAS NOT HARMED… until we tried to boost the “hamster power” by injecting the rodent with anabolic steroids. We then put the hamster back into the submarine and sent her underwater. Unfortunately, we made some MAJOR MISCALCULATIONS and used 100-ft-long air tubes, instead of the standard 1-ft-long. Before the submarine imploded, the hamster was furiously running on the wheel, and we clocked the submarine at a speed of 0.04 ft/s.

After determining that the hamster submarine had been destroyed with the hamster still inside, we built another one that could hold anywhere from three to twenty-six-and-a-half hamsters and sent it down to retrieve the wreckage. Due to the mesh wheel, each hamster developed a case of bumblefoot so severe they looked like they had miniature velociraptor claws. This submarine also imploded.

So we built another submarine, this time with a hand-turned crank so the hamsters wouldn’t develop bumblefoot. Prior to imploding, we noted that the hamsters did not develop bumblefoot.

We decided that before we tested our fourth submarine, we should take into account the psychological stress of the hamsters. We sent four hamsters to therapy to establish a baseline prior to submarine testing, and determined they had prime mental health. Then the fourth submarine imploded, so we didn’t have a chance to reevaluate.

After numerous attempts, we were able to retrieve each submarine with a specially designed tool that consisted of a net attached to a long pole. It took two weeks to cut through the tough outer hulls with an acetylene torch.

Needless to say, we did finally learn our lesson: if we could lash two hamsters together and then train them to swim while pulling a submarine in tow, it may break the previous hamster-submarine-speed-record of 0.04 ft/s.

Update: This video is "take 2" because "take 1" was simply testing the submarine without a hamster in it. We obviously wanted to make sure the vehicle was fit for a tiny mammal. The bubbles escaping at the seal of the two halves of the submarine are from the air that we were pumping into the capsule via an infant nasal respirator. The sub is only about a foot below the water. The hamster enjoyed her first and only voyage and is enjoying a peaceful retirement, never again to explore the shallow depths of the swimming pool.


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