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Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel - OH REALLY?

  1. Apr 24, 2007 #1
    Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel - OH REALLY???

    Ok, you've probably seen this, the squirrel which, supposedly, water skis. But to me, it looks like the damn thing is simply riding in a boat (made to look like a pair of water skis) which is being pulled by another boat. I find it annoying that everyone claims the squirrel actually water skis. Am I missing something here or are people actually fooled by this? Because from what I can tell, the squirrel isn't doing anything remotely resembling water skiing, at least as far as the physics of the situation is concerned.

    http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/Yr2006/march6/twiggy.jpg [Broken]

    Here's one of the vids of this thing:

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  3. Apr 24, 2007 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Obviously you haven't seen him ski barefoot.
  4. Apr 25, 2007 #3

    I'm just saying, I'm not very impressed with this cheap trick. There are many impressive tricks various animals can do, but I don't think this is one of them.
  5. Apr 25, 2007 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    I was once shocked to see the "Oregon Vortex" [a house on a slope] advertised in an official state brochure as a "genuine mystery of science" where the ~"laws of physics are suspended".

    That was years ago, but here is the "scientific information" from the website.


    blah blah blah

    Okay, I expect the website to promote this nonsense, but for it to be touted as such in a brochure put out by the State is going too far.
  6. Apr 26, 2007 #5
    Thats a pretty common tourist trap. Saw one in humboldt county once. I don't know how the local citizens could tell the difference between it and everything else there though, given that it was humboldt county. Perceptually its a bit of a trip to be in though. Tricks of the mind are interesting.
  7. Apr 26, 2007 #6


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    Is that a chipmunk driving the boat? :confused:
  8. Apr 26, 2007 #7
    Looks pretty kick @ss anyway.
  9. Apr 30, 2007 #8


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    Yes! I was wearing my chipmunk outfit that day! But I had on my red sweater, too, so I'm surprised you could tell it was me. :biggrin:
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