Human Power Station, BBC Bang Goes The Theory
'So how many cyclists does it take to make a cup of tea? About 100, if you run your home on pedal power.' Will Hodgkinson, The Guardian.
In 2009, a 'Bang Goes The Theory' special event showed how much electricity we use and abuse without even thinking about it. This massive experiment attempted to power a house for an entire day solely through Electric Pedals' human pedal power station while the unsuspecting family inside went about their normal weekend routine. Hanging on the wall in front of the 100 cyclists volunteers was a screen displaying a continual live feed from the house, which meant that the knackered cyclists gasped with horror and desperately called for more people to leap in the saddle and help each time a family member approached a household appliance.
'This is where the fun comes in: it's basically like an episode of Big Brother with a sternly philanthropic sense of purpose and a curious emphasis on household appliances.' Charlie Brooker, The Guardian.
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