Sunday, September 29, 2013

mythical transport

Before there was any way to fly through the air other than in a balloon, this was one fanciful notion that someone came up with, first recorded in the mid 15th century.

A few years ago there was a little controversy about a toy broomstick that Mattel made which achieved popularity with females for a different reason, according to this Time magazine article: "Well, this was one way to keep Harry Potter fans interested as they grew up. Modeled after Harry's first broom, Mattel's now discontinued battery-operated Nimbus 2000 featured a grooved stick and handle for kids who wanted to ride it around the house. The dubious part: it vibrated. Some of the (now deleted) comments on Amazon were so good, they had to be written with a wink: "I'm 32 and enjoy riding the broom as much as my 12 yr old and 7 year old," wrote one satisfied customer. We bet."

And one that actually does seem to fly:

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