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This weekend the lady’s and I went over to Falkirk Scotland and checked out the Falkirk Wheel. The Wheel is a boat lift slash lock system. It’s a very interesting way to do things.

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Here is what it’s like in motion. Believe it or not it only uses the same power as two boiling kettles of water while in motion. This is because it uses the principle that Archimedes came up with on floating bodies in water. Basically it turns out that if both sides of the Wheel have the same water level, then both sides weigh the same amount. So, open locks, let boats in, equalize water level, and away you go.

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Here’s the lady’s checking it out.
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I ran across this on LiveLeak. It’s a current commercial on the BBC around here. I’ve seen it a dozen times or more, and I shake my head in disbelief every time I see it.

For those of you who don’t know, if you want to watch TV here in the UK you have to pay a yearly TV Tax. For a color TV it’s about 140 Pounds a year. And yes, they have one for black and white tv’s still also, it’s cheaper. Supposedly it pays for the BBC. Funny I thought all the commercials they show did that.

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