Friday, May 31, 2013

Off to the Races

Ever raced on a lawnmower? Me either. Apparently, they're not just for trimming grass anymore!

Years ago, on a forum there was a discussion about...lawnmower racing. It was actually pretty entertaining, and so for the fun of it I decided to check up on the sport to see where things were at. For some background, check out the Wikipedia entry here, where it is described as being "a form of motorsport in which competitors race modified lawnmowers, usually of the ride-on or self-propelled variety."

Apparently there is an organization devoted to this pursuit here in the states, called the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. Their blog is here, which has some videos of different events. Then I found the Twelve Mile 500 race, which claims to be "America's oldest lawnmower race". If that's not enough, here is a video of a race in Maryland.

Don't have any grass to mow? Well, there's always mower racing on ice. In Finland.

On a related note, I've just released a short story, "The Mathematician's Lawn", which is available now on Amazon. This is a key story to my upcoming book, Fractal Standard Time, because it features a character by the name of Steve Entner, who is a mathematician and a scientist working on a manned mission to Mars. He appears in the first three parts of the novella, but in this particular story, he finally solves a key problem in robotics networking...while mowing his lawn.

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