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9 July, 2006

Random queries no. 66

One of a series of genuine search engine enquiries which successfully brought visitors to the Ministry.  Can I help?

parasitic power generation revolving doors

Intriguing idea. I suppose a well-used revolving door could be wired up as a turbine, perhaps utilising wind turbine technology. I woulder whether anyone's explored the commercial possibilities.

That wouldn't be drawing power away from the building or users, though, so I wouldn't call it 'parasitic', which sounds more like a vampire moles situation.


One could trap the user in the door, so that they run round and round, thus tapping their energy for your own use. You could use it on new students trying to find the modern language dept by wandering around Uni house.

Posted by Calephetos at July 9, 2006 04:28 PM

You could pin a degree certificate on the other side of the glass to them as an incentive to keep running

Posted by Siobhan Curran at July 9, 2006 05:56 PM

I'm afraid you're both making the obvious mistake, of presuming students can successfully operate a revolving door.

Posted by NRT at July 9, 2006 09:12 PM

OK then, put an easy-to-understand icon on the window, like the ones on the library doors (which indicate clearly that literacy is not required for using this building...)

Posted by Calephetos at July 10, 2006 04:24 PM
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