Today's Wonder of the World is...the Bicycle!
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Hooray for the freedom machine!
What? Have you never heard it called that? Put on your Votes for Women sash and have a little chat with Susan B. Anthony, who said, "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."
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Our daughters' daughters will adore us and we'll sing in grateful chorus, "Well done sister suffragettes."
Sorry. I can't get enough of that song.
Quick! Get out of the way! Here they come.
Flickr photo by Town of Ogden
Oh. They've dismounted.
Still, they look like a hearty bunch.
When we lived in France I'd see women, young and old, biking through town.
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It was a beautiful sight!
Know who else I like to see touring around town? My very own Michelin man.
No doubt he was inspired by the Tour de France.
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Or maybe by Mr. Bib!
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Mr. Bib, you really should put that cigar down. And what's with hiking your leg up on the handlebars? What a showoff!
Did you know Michelin got its start making bicycle tires? Well, actually it was a rubber factory until someone needed a tire fixed and Edouard Michelin tried to repair it. As he worked, the wheels in his brain started turning. Why not make a pneumatic tire that's removable?
So he did. Because so much is riding on your tires.
Want to ride some tires around Paris? Why not bike share?
Flickr photo by McBrewster
But don't let Fido near your wheels. Once he tastes life on a freedom machine, you'll never get that leash on him again!
Flickr photo by National Media Museum
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, everyone!
PS. If you wonder what kind of crazy bicycle Buster Keaton is riding, it's a Dandy horse.
PS. AGAIN I'm the (late) guest blogger today over at Sia McKye's Thoughts...Over Coffee. Please hop over and say hi!