This thing is a piece of engineering history, and the maker has put it up for sale on Ebay. This monocycle was built by hand, and much in the same way they would have made it back in 1873.
The Spaniard who made it used the 19th century documentation and the same handcrafting techniques to make the whole thing, the best part, it actually works.
Admitting this might make me a childish geek, but I don't care: when I saw this awesome, huge collection of Transformers on eBay I wanted to squeal. I imagine there are an awful lot of other people who'll have similar reactions to a set of toys that so encapsulates a childhood era. They've been gathered by a games programmer who is selling in order to be able to quit his day-job for six months and programme full-time; right now bidding is up to $2,950 with the reserve still not met, but he admits to having had one offer to end the auction for $12,500 which is, apparently, above the reserve price.
Naming children can be a tricky, thankless task. Calling your precious offspring "Aloysius Markus BA Baracus" might score you some kudos with the ironic-cool dads down at the local playground, but when little Aloysius comes home for the umpteenth time with a thick ear and split lip because the bullies at school think it's funny to punch the weirdly-named kid you - and he - will be wishing you'd stuck with something sensible. Like Gaylord, maybe. Marriage can be another killer of perfectly respectable names, and that's the situation for cash-shy eBayer Karen, who has decided that the best way to forget her ex-husband and provide for her three children is to auction off naming rights.