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Charly
2005-Dec-06, 06:50 PM
Any Southpark fans will notice that there is usually at least one sci-fi nod, pastische or complete rip off in each episode.

But did anyone else notice that Star Wars has returned the favour?

General Grevious' preferred method of transport is in fact the same as that designed by none other than Herbert Garrison himself.

Wheel Bike

http://mrtwig.net/images/episodes/511.gif

IT

http://www.starwars.com/databank/vehicle/wheelbike/img/movie_bg.jpg

Huevos Grandes
2005-Dec-06, 08:17 PM
Nice :D. (I assume the robot's head in Star Wars wasn't bobbing up and down though.)

Also- you should take your images down and replace them with addresses. Otherwise, you're gonna get smacked by a moderator for hotlinking images.

TheBlackCat
2005-Dec-06, 08:32 PM
This isn't really a reference. This is a type of vehicle called a monowheel that has existed since the mid-1800's. There have been many, many variants over the decades, both foot-powered and motor-powered versions were built. They have never been particularly popular, probably due to their poor space efficiency.

See Monowheels (http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/TRANSPORT/motorwhl/motorwhl.htm)

Charly
2005-Dec-06, 11:10 PM
Nice :D. (I assume the robot's head in Star Wars wasn't bobbing up and down though.)

Also- you should take your images down and replace them with addresses. Otherwise, you're gonna get smacked by a moderator for hotlinking images.

Sorry, I thought it was okay because it says (IMG) code is on at the bottom of the screen.

novaderrik
2005-Dec-07, 12:29 PM
i don't recall Grievous- uh- "mounting" his wheel the same way the people had to in that South Park episode..
since we're on the subject- that episode was poking fun at the inventor of the Segway for how he hyped it in the months before it was released- remember how it was supposed to change the way we build our cities and usher in a new age of peace and prosperity?
well, how many people here have actually seen a Segway in person- and how many people actually own one?
last i heard, they were banned in most cites because they were too slow and small to be in traffic, but too big and cumbersome to go on a busy sidewalk...

Ilya
2005-Dec-08, 03:35 AM
last i heard, they were banned in most cites because they were too slow and small to be in traffic, but too big and cumbersome to go on a busy sidewalk...
That's pretty funny, because Dean Kamen used almost exactly these words when explaining why Segway is better than a bicycle! His exact quote: "A bicycle is too light and slow to share the road with trucks, but too big and fast to share the sidewalk with pedestrians."