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When I was a kid, I reveled in the Circus Side-Shows, which by the way, were beginning to disappear by then, probably due to political correctness. There is just something about seeing people outside of the common norms, either in appearance or by something they do. I actually only saw one or two of these side-shows when the circus was in town. This was enough to whet my appetite so I did what I could to access stories and movies about the original side-shows which featured legitimate “oddities of nature” as well as fake side-show acts. There was usually a bearded-lady, maybe a very thin woman with a small head billed as the chicken lady, I believe it was. Others were sword-swallowers, strong men, the very tall or very short. There were little rooms with showcases of two-headed snakes or other animal anomalies; There were shrunken-heads, and small babies or animals in large liquid filled bottles. All of this displayed in a somewhat hush-hush, behind closed door manner. There was usually an underlying air of sexual titillation. And more overtly there was every young-boys fantasy, The Peepshow. The side-shows were usually situated in small tents just outside of the main circus tent.
In 1932 there was the underground classic FREAKS by Todd Browning.
Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival (funfair) performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins’ 1923 short story “Spurs”. Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities as the eponymous sideshow “freaks,” rather than using costumes and makeup read more…
Now we have Todd Ray. Todd Ray (aka T-Ray) is an American music producer and stars in the AMC reality show “Freakshow.” He owns and operates the Venice Beach Freakshow in Venice Beach, CA.
Freakshow is the real-deal – with George Bell, the tallest American, and the Mistress of Mayhem, Brianna Belladonna “Hanging from hooks – that’s normal to us,” “Creature” creates a body that is original and strays away from the normal pattern; Meet Morgue, one of the performers who swallows stuff – looking every bit the rock star, and Find out what makes Murrugun The Mystic tick. Amazing Ali: Be amazed by LA’s Littlest Lady. Inside Freakshow you’ll see doubled headed animals, alive and in jars, the bearded lady. And you’ll see Ray’s gorgeous daughter, Asia Ray who’s learning to do stuff. Many stars will emerge from this show.
Freakshow is Calice Cooper, Dufus Osbourne and the rest of the Hollywood spook-rockers all rolled into to one group of real “special” folk.
The SWIGZ.COM Electric Superbike is the most powerful AND most technically advanced roadracing machine being built in the world – and the only one with a real KERS system!
Come see us at The Battery Show, October 5-7 San Jose Convention Center. We will be unveiling our full bike and KERS system and will have the World Supersport bike there, videos, free SWIGZ bottles! Booth 2600 in the middle of the show floor!
THE WORLD’S MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED ELECTRIC SUPERBIKE TO BE UNVEILED AT THE SAN JOSE BATTERY SHOW IN OCTOBER
Chip Yates, the American bike racer and engineering guru, is to officially debut his awesome electric superbike at The Battery Show, which takes place at the San Jose Convention Center, California on October 5th to 7th, 2010.
The superbike, which will compete in next year’s FIM ePower and TTXGP Championships for electric motorcycles, has pushed the boundaries of electric vehicle engineering to new heights. Although a pure race bike, major OEMs and the wider EV industry are eager to see the bike in detail to fully understand some of the cutting edge technology that Yates and his Swigz.com Pro Racing team have developed. Having created the bike in complete secrecy, with 194 horsepower and 295 ft/lbs of torque, the motorcycle is easily the most powerful electric superbike in the world and represents a seismic advancement in any previously seen technology.
Yates says of the project: “Developing a bike such as this is a major undertaking and we have had to push the boundaries of what the industry has so far been able to achieve. Unlike a car, a bike cannot simply take numerous high capacity batteries on board to improve performance and range, so we have had to harness highly advanced technology, including a bespoke KERS System (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), to make the bike what it is. The EV industry is looking at this bike with interest, and is increasingly looking to us for consultancy on other EV projects.”
Although images of the bike have been issued in advance of the show, the team will unveil details of its highly secretive KERS system at the show, shortly after certain protective patents have been registered.
James Reader, the show’s founder, says: “It’s an absolute privilege to have Chip and his team at the show. Showcasing this kind of ground-breaking technology is exactly what the show is all about, and the presence of the bike will be an enormous bonus to the attending press and visitors”.
Visitors can visit the Swigz.com Pro Racing team at booth 2600, and the Chip Yates himself will be on hand to greet people and explain the technology and highlight the challenges and his team of aerospace and race engineers have overcome during the development process.
For more information or to register for a press pass, please visit: http://www.thebatteryshow.com/press_reg.php
The Electric Super Bike is powered by a UQM motor. UQM, A.K.A. Unique Mobility is based in Longmont, Colorado. Denver’s downtown mall shuttle-buses are powered by UQM motors. UQM’s website is www.uqm.com.
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