42 Ways to Get Electric Power from Hamsters

Authors: UC Berkeley CSUA

"The following should be credited to the UC Berkeley CSUA. I left a world-writeable file in my account and waited to see what people would put in it..." -- John Salomon (john@soda.berkeley.edu)

  1. Stick copper and zinc electrode-needles in opposite ends of hamster. Use in series for higher voltage. -gwh
  2. Shove them back and forth in Richard Gere's butt. Creates static electricity.
  3. Go to Radio Shack and offer them the hamster in exchange for two AAA batteries.
  4. Attach the hamster to a hand-crank generator and then drop it onto a trampoline.
  5. Ignite in large numbers. Use heat released to drive steam turbine.
  6. Kidnap and threaten to torture. Extort ransom from animal-rights activists and other anti-cruelty types: demand payment in the form of electric current.
  7. Drop hamsters from great heights. Use water-mill like turbine to generate electricity.
  8. Drop large numbers of hamsters into tar pit, wait a few million years, drill for crude oil at same location to run electric turbine.
  9. Cold Fusion -> Steam Turbine. No explanation necessary. -seano
  10. Any form of neutron capture / beta emission. -seano
  11. Convince hamsters they're really lemmings. Show cliff to hamsters. Install turbine halfway down cliff.
  12. Densely pack hamsters into flywheel shape. Spin rapidly. Attach generator.
  13. Put hamster on electricity-generating treadmill. Feed back small portion of generated electricity into hamster brain pleasure center. Watch him generate his little heart out!
  14. Seal large quantity of hamsters in air tight holding tanks. Add water. Allow suitable time to pass for decomposition. Collect methane gas resulting. Put gas in fuel cells.
  15. Smush mucho hamsters in a trough, use the drippings/blood to run a waterwheel for hydroelectric power.
  16. Give hamsters lots of shitty beer. Use piss and vomit to run hydroelectric generator.
  17. Skin hamster. Melt animal fat into tallow and then form candles. Heat steam turbine.
  18. Switch hamsters for P6 chips coming of Intel assembly lines. Saved electricity will be enormous. Cover performance loss by releasing new version of Windows NT at the same time. -gwh
  19. Build glass room. Put hamsters inside. Put cocaine inside. Ground the floor and attach negative leads to the ceiling. -gwh
  20. Have hamster steal one of kube's magic cards. Leech power from resulting nuclear strike.
  21. Teach hamsters to play blackjack. Once they're at the competitive level, convince Las Vegas hotel owners to convert to serving hamsters. Saved electricity from smaller lights, hotels, etc. -gwh
  22. Accumulate enough hamsters that the self-gravitational force causes the mass to shrink and heat up. Use thermocouples to generate energy. -gwh
  23. Raid PG&E corporate headquarters. Threaten to drop hamster down CEO's pants unless he gives you a power plant. -gwh
  24. Get several dozen hamsters. Shoot them up with crystal meth. Attach dog sled.
  25. (This is, undoubtedly, the way to get the most power from them) Combine the hamster with an equal mass of antimatter -- a anti-hamster if you will. Then harness the massive energy release for power....
  26. Have the Emperor warp and twist a hamster clone into an evil Anti-Hamster, Darth Hamster. This should be good for 4-6 sequels. Install tension to electricity converters into theatre. -gwh
  27. Unfortunately, this only gets you DC current.

    P.S. How could I have been so blind? Splice in genes from blue-green algae as well, and you wouldn't even have to feed the hamsters! (Well, maybe some phosphorous and iron and stuff)

  28. Mail the electric company a dead hamster every day until they give you power for free.
  29. Crossbreed hamster with Mothra and use resulting giant mutant lightning- breathing hamster as power source.
  30. Give the hamster to Scotty, he'll find some way to yeild 20% more power from the dilithium crystals.
  31. Take thousands of hamsters into orbit -- when the orbit decays, they will heat up the atmosphere. With enough hamsters, you could raise the planets temperature as much as you want.
  32. Pull the hamster out of root@soda's ass. Then when they turn red and embarrassed, use the heat from their red face to drive a Carnot engine
  33. Amass enormous quantities of hamsters until it reaches enough mass to begin hamsterfusion in the core. Use solar cells to convert radioation to electricity. - seano
  34. Throw in more hamsters to 33 (above) until the hamsterstar goes supernova... you couldn't want any more energy than that...
  35. Repeat 34 with another mass of hamsters... spin the resulting neutron-hamsters around each other in a binary orbit... use gravity waves to rotate hydro-turbine.
  36. Take five or six hits of acid. Tell yourself very firmly that hamsters _are_ electricity. (Well, they've got lots of electrons in them, yes?) Acquire hamsters however you choose; "operationally", you've now got electricity. (I say "five or six hits", because I find that things which were perfectly clear to me after _one_ hit, e.g., that the word "Krups" is actually an make onomatopeiac piece of German slang for an unprintable Viennese practice, make absolutely no sense afterwards; and Leary used to take five hits or so. QED.)
  37. Give them little magnetic collars, and run them through a maze of coiled wires.
  38. Reduce hamster to their component atoms. Compress the resulting plasma until it fuses. Transfer the released energy via heat/engine or energy conversion scheme of your choice. -ERic
  39. Take two hamsters, run one through a klein bottle to convert it to anti- matter. Combine the first hamster with the anti-hamster. Harness the resultant massive burst of energy as per #38 above. -ERic
  40. Drop hamster into black hole. Use photovoltaics to release the radiated energy. -Eric
  41. It is a well-known result of quantum field theory that all fields are symmetric under the combined action of time-reversal, charge-conjugation and parity-inversion operators: the familiar TCP symmetry. It is trivial to show that time reversal and charge conjugation both take fermions into their anti-particles. Use this to show that plucking hamsters from mirrors will produce beaucoup electromagnetic radiation. (Hint: Do you need to pull the hamsters out of the mirror _going_backwards_in_time_?) Ref: J. J. Sakurai, _Adv. Quan. Mech._
  42. Put female hamster scent on glass rod. Release male hamster. He will try to rub his furry coat against glass rod. Drawback: only creates static electricty.

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