Judge John Hodgman Episode 197: The Hodgman Dubbel

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Judge Hodgman weighs in on loud popcorn eating, anniversaries, fedoras, and selects the best drawings of his proposed Double-Ended Unicycle.

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Thanks to Josh Beck for this week's episode title (and his amazing unicycle design).

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(as submitted by Jillian G.)

Unicycle Submissions, in Order of Discussion on the Podcast

SUBMITTED BY: RANDAL COOPER

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SUBMITTED BY: BRIAN ARCHER

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SUBMITTED BY: JEFF HANSPETERSEN

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SUBMITTED BY: MATT HARTZLER

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SUBMITTED BY: JOSH BECK
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SUBMITTED BY: GREGORY MACKAY (GET GREGORY'S DESIGN ON A T-SHIRT, HERE!)

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SUBMITTED BY: STEPHEN ODHNER

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SUBMITTED BY: ZACHARY CONRAD

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Comments

I-don't-know-what

I normally have a hard time characterizing Judge John Hodgman's particular je ne sais quoi. However, this episode contained possibly the most emblematic line ever uttered on the podcast: "who are you to talk about normative popcorn eating?"

Wow

Hodgman is getting more and more full of himself. LOL.

i posted these on 1/18 via

i posted these on 1/18 via twitter. while my submission was overlooked for whatever reason... i don't take it very seriously, and i'm not offended. it is frustrating that they appear awfully similar a few submissions?? unless i'm crazy?? maybe there's not so many ways to design a dual sport uni?

https://twitter.com/sculptor666/status/556976838783016960/photo/1

https://twitter.com/sculptor666/status/556977674678444033/photo/1

Hats

I appreciate Bailiff Jesse's argument in favor of the hat as a standard piece of outerwear. I wish to add two comments:

Even for those who are not balding, the brimmed summer hat provides two other benefits. First, it protects the face, ears and neck against sunburn, thus allowing wearers to *not* smear stinky cream on their head and face. Second, it provides shade against strong sunlight, allowing wearers to see clearly.

While it's true that sunglasses can *also* protect the eyes, I submit that sunglasses are inherently antisocial, as they prevent others from seeing where the wearer is looking, or indeed whether the wearer is awake. The brimmed summer hat provides a courteous alternative.

I further submit that in most cultures, for most of history, it is normative for people to cover their heads as part of ordinary clothing. This is even more true in the out-of-doors. (Christian culture set the curious precedent for men to uncover their heads, first only in church then eventually indoors in general.) President John F Kennedy set a precedent for the baring of one's head to harsh elements. Once his personal influence changed American behavior, American cultural influence has steadily worked to eradicate global norms of headwear, to the extent that failing to bare one's head to the sun, wind and sleet is now seen as a kind of religious fundamentalism. I submit that this was a bad precedent.

False Patent Marking

You may want to remove the term "Patented" in the drawings of GREGORY MACKAY as it may constitute false marking - perhaps adding shudder quotes or change the text to something such as Patently Awesome - since the fine is $500 per offense (35 U.S. Code § 292 - False marking). Solo Cup Co. was sued for $10.9 trillion for mass producing coffee cup lids with an expired patent. However, Mr. Mackay's drawings are quite good (except using the same reference number for designating two different parts, see 37 CFR 1.84(p)(4) and MPEP 608.02) so I have pre-ordered a shirt.

Unicycle technology (i.e. single wheel velocipedes) has a long and interesting history (e.g. go to google patent and type in 88,683, or peruse U.S. Patent Classification Class 280 Land Vehicles, Subclass 29 Wheeled, 200 Occupant propelled type, 205 Single axis or wheel), from the genius of Mr. McKissick's Pogo Monocycle U.S. Patent 2,971,773 to the ingenious of Mr. Pfersick's U.S. Patent 3,622,179. I will say that in my brief search of the prior art, I have not seen anything quite as unique as Judge Hodgman's conception.

Hodgman dUBBEL

It's not a practical design. The extremely high center of gravity would make it unstable and almost impossible to ride.

giraffe unicycles

for the one unicycle on top of another ones, yeah, but experienced riders can balance happily on extra tall unicycles (known as giraffes) as long as they're at the top.

Jeffrey Hanspeter's design is totally rideable, and probably buildable with modern uni manufacturing technology*.

as for the giraffe unicycles, here's proof in the form of Mark Ruffalo riding one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCGhQMlrJE4

*why yes, I AM a gigantic nerd, but also I know this for my job, as I work for a circus equipment manufacturer and supplier

giraffe unicycles

It only occurred to me after submitting my entry that I ought to clarify that my design was a "giraffe". I appreciate your favorable insider's appraisal of my design effort!

Jeff HP.

I have a better design

Alas, I am lazy, and my drawing is sloppy, and the opportunity is gone.

Josh Beck's unicycle doesn't

Josh Beck's unicycle doesn't have pedals.

Worth looking up the pictures.

While you did a good job of describing these, holy Moses did I have a good laugh seeing the reality of these images. Both the extremely detailed drawing and the extremely crude ones are amazing.

Twonicycles

It's -30C here in Ontario today... still, I sat in my car for 20 minutes listening to Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse describing double ended unicycles instead of going into work. Now I'm at looking at the pictures---I'm not sure which is funnier. Thanks for this!