Man Invents Boom Box-Powered Bicycle

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Seymour Briller of Oceanside, CA has invented a new type of bicycle that is powered by a vintage boombox playing old school hip hop.

“This is a revolution in personal transportation,” Mr. Briller said. “This bicycle can go 10 miles on a single old school hip hop song.”

“Heck, we went from Oceanside all the way to San Diego and back on a playlist that included The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Planet Rock by Afriak Bambaataa and Roxanne Roxanne by UTFO.”

He said they bicycle gets its power from the delicious bass lines and rolling rap styles only found in the original hip hop classics. “I experimented with some of the new hip hop, but it just wouldn’t run. I played some new Asher Roth, and it didn’t even power up.”

Briller said the late 80s and early 90s are the best tunes to run his invention. “My wife and I drove it to LA last week. We ran a playlist that included The Show by Doug E. Fresh, The Roof is on Fire by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three, Whodini’s Friends and Going to Back to Cali by LL Cool J. It ran like a dream.”

Mr. Briller is tight-lipped about how the boombox turns the songs into energy. “Gotta keep some secrets,” he said. “They are always listening.”

He programmed the machine with Wild Thing by Tone Loc and Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim and drove off down the highway.



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