Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Having a beer in Tallinn.

Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.

Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

I know this picture is blurry, but hey, I was running after these guys when I snapped it!

What was that .. thing .. that I was running after, trying to photograph? Here’s a closer look;

Having a beer in Tallinn (a closer look).

Photographed in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia.

Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

As you can see, this was a bicycle with a number of bar stools attached, along with a table in the middle, beers and munchies and drunken patrons (who were pedaling) as well. The beertender (the guy with the bare ass — no not really, it was a fake bare ass that he was wearing over his real ass, although I don’t know why) was pedaling and steering all his drunken pals through the streets of Old Town as I was leaving to catch the Tallink superferry back to Helsinki, Finland.

How did the customers get on and off their bar stools? I never saw, but I will guess that they caught their bar stools after running at them, and probably dismounted in the usual way; by falling off. It also seems to be an excellent way to burn off the fat provided by consuming beer, since all the passengers pedal that contraption (or they try to, although at least one of those guys just sat there like a blob while the others groaned loudly while pedaling).

It’s peculiar events like this that make you temporarily forget you have a camera, and then happy to remember that you have a camera in your hands!

Now why don’t they do things like this in NYC?


  1. #1 travelgirl
    August 26, 2009

    cheeky new yawkers? shirley, you jeste… 🙂

  2. #2 djfav
    August 26, 2009

    Here in Austin we have the Urban Mobile Disc Jockey. That’s Manny riding across the Congress St. Bridge.

  3. #3 none
    August 26, 2009

    not a bar stool, its a bike. everyone pedals, the guy facing the orrect direction steers.

  4. #4 Barn Owl
    August 26, 2009

    The fake bare ass is hilarious! I wonder what would happen if I wore such a thing while lecturing?

    (Probably get fired or sued, or both)

  5. #5 Cuttlefish
    August 26, 2009

    Looks like a really cool idea, especially if you are in an area frequented by tourists. Costs $12,750 US, but there are discounts for non-profit organizations. That’s a lot of rides before it pays for itself…

  6. #6 howard
    August 26, 2009

    check out the link…

  7. #7 "GrrlScientist"
    August 26, 2009

    renting one of those seems like a good method for solving professional and/or interpersonal conflicts, especially in a hilly city.

  8. #8 Lassi HippelÀinen
    August 27, 2009

    Looks like a nice way to get in touch with the town. But on a rainy day I’d rather be riding SpĂ„raKOFF.

    (For the linguistically challenged, spĂ„ra is Helsinki street language for ‘tram’, and Koff is the nickname of Sinebrychoff.)

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