Thursday, October 23, 2008

Odd bicycles and more than words


I saw a man riding a very big unicycle by the river, clad in very padded trousers. I like the way you see some strange sights in a big city. I grew up in the country - no unicycles there (big or otherwise).

I even saw a man riding a penny-farthing bicycle in the city once too. It made me think of the poem by Aussie bush poet Banjo Patterson, Mulga Bill's Bicycle, which I liked when I was a kid.

Not just word games

I discovered tonight that www.freerice.com isn't just about words - you can choose your quiz subject, from topics including geography, maths and science. Cool bananas.

I gave my brain a workout trying to remember the capital cities of the world.


Seen anything odd lately round your way lately?

4 comments:

Julian said...

Penny Farthings are cool. :) I was impressed when I saw a guy on a unicycle on the Eastlink bike ride.

I was thinking of mentioning that there were other subjects on Freerice, but figured you'd probably have noticed them already. :) My geography is so bad that I don't think I'll be much help if I go with that category! I'm going to have a shot at the English grammar section at some point, though.

Anything odd recently? Not really (sadly).

Robin said...

I bought my husband a unicycle for his birthday last year, and his mother bought him a concertina (that's like a smaller, prettier accordian) for Christmas. So I'm thinking, he needs to combine both these elements, and maybe wear a funny hat, what lovely photos I could take! (I'd hire him out as a street performer, but sadly, he is not so gifted at the concertina. Maybe people would pay to make him stop?)

The recently odd? I saw an escaped flock of chickens running down a decidedly non-rural road. They kept looking over their shoulders at me in my car, as if checking to see if I was still there. I felt like I should do something, but what? How does one wrangle a flock of chickens?

Glee Girl said...

Hi Julian. Wow, a unicyle on Eastlink! This is bad, but I would have been watching to see if he fell off.

Nope, didn't notice the other topics! Guess I was so absorbed with the word game. The English grammar game is good too, although I find it much easier than the word definitions, which means I get to feel smart.

Hi Robin. Hehe. Your comment brought a big smile to my face first thing this morning - first because those gifts sure beat socks 'n jocks and just the idea of your husband being put to work as a street performer. I reckon most people would struggle to do a good job on the concertina while trying not to fall off a one-wheeled bike!

And the chickens! Checking on you over their shoulders (um...do chickens have shoulders?)! Haha! Hmmm...chicken wrangling...A handful of chicken feed? (which of course you had handy in your glove box.) We had chooks when I was a kid and that always brought them running. I wonder what happened to them?

Julian said...

Glee Girl said...

" Hi Julian. Wow, a unicyle on Eastlink! This is bad, but I would have been watching to see if he fell off. "

You're evil (not that that's a bad thing, of course ;) ). Come to think of it, I've never actually seen a Penny Farthing being ridden "in the flesh"!