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How far could you get in a floating hamster wheel?

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It was like any other day off the coast of Tybee Island Georgia except for one thing. There seemed to be… a giant hamster wheel in the water. Inside it was a man who said he planned to get the vessel all the way to London, England. Before it could get far, the hamster wheel caught the Coast Guard’s attention and got its creator, athlete Ray Baluchi, in legal trouble. He allegedly claimed to have a bomb on board as they told him to stop the trip. If Baluchi wasn’t stopped, would he have been able to make it to his destination? The “Something Offbeat” team reached out to some experts – Dean Ovel, a runner who has experience running in a hamster wheel and Bart Kemper, principal engineer of Kemper Engineering – to find out.

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