I am on Fact #3 of 15 about Ferris Wheels in the National Geographic for Kids.
In India, Myanmar, Ferris Wheel riders don’t have to rely on the unreliability of electricity or steam engines to ruin their Ferris fun when they ride on the Human Powered Wheel. Two of these Ferris Wheel are owned by Myint Thamada, a group that travels 8 months out of the year to 20 pagoda festivals that are carried out throughout India. Usually they stop at one for an 8-10 day stint, then pack up and travel to the next festival.
Employed are usually people from 16 years on up, or whoever can stand up to the physical demands of the job. The most common injuries are sprained ankles and wrists. There has not been any serious injuries like there has been with other Ferris Wheels. There has been 12 carnival workers that have died from assembling and disassembling Ferris Wheels since 1985. In 2006 there was a 34 year old worker that died when he fell and got tangled in the wires and was electrocuted. These facts have not been fully checked.
The individual cars are loaded up with passengers, pushed forward by employees on the ground to start the rotation, while others scale up and around the 20′ wheel. There, they can maintain the wheel using their own body weight and aerobatic grace.
I tried to look up how they are fairing in 2022 and could not find anything, probably because of COVID. I hope that those human powered ferris wheels are back and running. I am also thinking maybe it would be really cool if we could have something like that here.
I wish and want anything to live, to live, and i want Charley to be able to run and explore however she wants inside this world that is …whatever….I don’t know what to say. I am emotional right now. I wish I was young, and could climb up and around those rafters and peddle other people, giving them laughter and love, that is always what i want to do. I am going to post the links that I found when researching this. I wish so much more for human love and I think this is a little part of humanity.
Thank you, Fact #3 for pulling me into what being human is really like and that I am striving.
And I love my Charley. And what she has brought to me. Even though she has no idea. ‘
These are the articles address I read that helped me with this:
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/58352/india-has-human-powered-ferris-wheels and Anthony Bourdin’s, ah damn, I am not that agile in this game of Word Press to list what to click on, all I know it is Anthony Bourdains human powered wheel. I am unprofessional, I know. God bless Anthony. I appreciate you, man.