Each week, Rochelle sets us a flash fiction challenge: compose a one hundred word piece, prompted by the photo.

“So come on then: explain this great idea of yours.”
“Instead of the chair cables being fixed to the carriage wheel, they’re each fixed to an actuating rod, which runs, via a cam follower wheel, on a cam, above the main bearing. So, as the wheel spins, the actuating rods ride left and right, effectively changing the length of the cables.”
“And what does that mean, to anyone sitting in the chairs?”
“Sinusoidal angular acceleration, from a constant angular velocity input.”
“More thrills!”


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44 Responses to Thrills!

  1. Hilarious, Mick. Only an engineer would understand that first part. It reminds me of the TV sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory.” where those guys are always talking like that. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne ,

  2. Haha..I laughed at the terminology and layman’s terms.

  3. Margaret says:

    So that’s what happens. Thanks for the explanation, and for the good story.

  4. Maybe this is what conversations are like when they plan new amusement park rides. I’m terrified of things like this, but I know for many others, they do provide thrills!

  5. nonnaci says:

    and more live projectiles!

  6. Haha fantastic. My mind was going “huh? Oh more thrills, yep 🙂 got it :-)”

  7. Alice Audrey says:

    Or you could say they go up and down as well as around, though “more thrills” is certainly what it’s all about.

    I love it.

  8. Alas I think it’s the undulating thrill that makes the difference..

  9. hafong says:

    Huh? is what I would say! 🙂 I tried following the technology but it hurt my head.


  10. That was fun to read! Love the translation from “engineerese” to simple English.

  11. Sandra says:

    Sounds like the kind of guy you wouldn’t to spend the evening in the pub with. Not. Nice take.

  12. Nisarg Jani says:

    This is what called a truly applied engineering!
    it was thrilling to read. great.

  13. Some long words there. Engineers!

  14. ansumani says:

    ha ha .Thanks much for the last “dumbing down” line 🙂 Nicely done.

  15. I love the final, simple, translation of all the mumbo-jumbo.

  16. rgayer55 says:

    It agitates their stomach muscles causing involuntary spewing of a recently ingested meal.

  17. plaridel says:

    huh? say it again, please…. 🙂

  18. From an engineer to a non-engineer. Love it.

  19. gahlearner says:

    LOL. Huh? Would have been my first reply, too. More thrills is always good.

  20. draliman says:

    I can imagine his look before he dumbs it down!

  21. yarnspinnerr says:

    The organizers will have to arrange for otological adequacy of the revelers.
    Great take.

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