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Mar 12, 2006

The 300 Kilometer Hamster

OK, this guy needs a friggin' shout out.

Let's pan over to the Netherlands where Mathijs van der Paauw asked himself the following questions: Have you ever wondered how far and how fast a hamster runs on her treadmill? To find out, Mathijs created a custom HamsterTracker™. Allow me to introduce you to "Lucy" (1.0 and 2.0), the hamster who has clocked 300 kilometers on her hamster wheel.

Check out the stats!

He includes Lucy's treadmill graphs and water consumption, food expenses, total distance, How to make a treadmill sensor—it goes on and on. This is her treadmill, below:

Picture of my hamster Lucy, beside her treadmill.

He also has some delightful treat recipes:

"The recipe is simple:

  • Wash apple and some fresh parsley
  • Cut out a piece of apple, preferably dice shaped. And don't use a large knife! like I did. Ask help if you're under 40!
  • Use a toothpick to punch a small hole in the apple
  • Place parsley in the just made hole
  • Serve immediately! (So the apple is still fresh)"

Treat

Thanks for sending in, Lee B.

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A hamster with sweet fresh breath! (Parsley is a natural breath "mint.")

Alternatively, an attractive garnish to Hamster en Croute. [ :-O ]

Meow House
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 12:43 PM

Hey, stop eating my island!


(damn, that is cute.)

kendosan
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 12:43 PM

Wow, hamster TPS reports.

Mike G.
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 01:09 PM

I LOVE LUCY!!

jaypo
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 01:29 PM

Isn't it funny that the hammies owner is named van der Paauw?

Dan S
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 01:35 PM

Man that is beyond cool! I'm a marathoner, so Lucy's my hero.

Mel
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 01:51 PM

I thought that was a very relational choice of names, in a hammie sort of way!

jaypo
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 01:51 PM

that is one industrious hamster.

I heard a story (can't remember source) about a guy who rigged up his hamster or gerbil's wheel to charge his cellphone every night--no lie!

A thinker
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 02:24 PM

OMG! What cute hamster treats!

Robin
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 02:44 PM

This is just a bit too we yahd fa me LOL...But hey, what ever turns the hamster wheel,knock yourself out!

dwarf rabbit owner too!
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 02:49 PM

Gee, look at that little guy eat! He's (she's?) very delicate about it - I guess he appreciates the artful presentation.

That wheel is making me think of bottles and bottles of green olives with pimientos...

E. Collison
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 03:04 PM

thats so cute in the first picture where the hamster is just peering around the corner at it. he's all like "ooooooooh tree for me"

alexis
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 03:28 PM

I'm not a big hamster fan, but Lucy 2.0 is very, very kawaii! I like the "exploring the couch" pics on Mathijs' site.

E. Collison
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 03:29 PM

I had two hamsters and none of them liked the treadmill but they were so cute…

Go Lucy!

anaKonda
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 03:37 PM

E.C It really does look like green olives...I thought so too!

dwarf rabbit owner too!
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 04:22 PM

Too cute! :D

Mina
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 04:46 PM

Hammie gourmet! How cute are these hammies and what a great owner for comming up with fun and delicious fresh treats! Thanks Mathijs!

Beauregard
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 04:55 PM

AWW! Does he have little doll furniture to go with the decorations?

That food creation is adorable just like he is.

Jan Spencer
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 05:01 PM

Awww, that hammie is very cute, especially when approaching the treat.

I tried to get my gerbils to use an exercise wheel, but they would have none of it. They would knock it over and bury it.

Courtney
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 05:06 PM

That is so adorable!

Leigh Ann
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 05:59 PM

that cell phone hamster wheel invention is the shit. i had hamsters my whole childhood and being a light sleeper, all i got was bags under my eyes

s
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 08:35 PM

Awwwwww, what a cutie. And her owner's a genius!

Subhangi
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 09:05 PM

Don't any of you think this is all alittle...I dunno, disturbing? Stats major meets energetic hamster??? - everybody needs a hobby, but I think I'll stick to guitar playing.

Jillybean
 |  Mar 12, 2006 at 09:40 PM

Taking hard drugs is disturbing, sadism is disuturbing, homicide is disturbing, eating hair is disturbing.
This, however, is a fantastically clever creation and a constructive use of time. ::nods authorititavely::
:P

pheral
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 01:54 AM

very cute hammie.........MORE!

Becky
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 02:24 AM

Lee....

That is so cool!!! I love making little party appetizers and you've given me a lot of new ideas! Looks like lil palm trees:o) AND your little Lucy is adorable! My son wants a hamster, but we have two cats, I'm afraid it might get loose from his hands and become meow chow :o(

Carlisa
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 03:35 AM

AAAAAYYY.....Rooooocieeeeee! I'm Home!

Carlisa
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 03:42 AM

it's the "ask [for] help if you're under 40" that really got me.
40 inches??

perhaps lucy will fill the hole left by baruchito's Passing.

finn
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 05:44 AM

Lucy has the most expressive face! What a total vortex of cuteness!

--TwoDragons

Denita TwoDragons
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 06:34 AM

Cute Overload: People everywhere suddently develop strange cases of saccharide shock.

TigerZahn
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 06:59 AM

Awww! The snack is decorative *and* tasty!

Jude
 |  Mar 13, 2006 at 12:30 PM

Lucy leaves the energiser bunny for dead. But how many Lucys would it take to power a light bulb?

Bek
 |  Mar 14, 2006 at 03:02 AM

Jillybean-
You're right. Cool and innovative things are disturbing indeed.

Melike
 |  Mar 14, 2006 at 08:22 AM

that treat is cute! perfect match for the ham. :)

christina
 |  Mar 14, 2006 at 11:54 AM

wonderful recipie.

binky
 |  Mar 15, 2006 at 07:48 AM

That was like 80% more cute than I really needed. So cute!

goblinbox
 |  Mar 15, 2006 at 09:06 AM

GB -- how many percentage points plus or minus are you allowing for uncertainty, statistically speaking?
Heh.

Theo
 |  Mar 15, 2006 at 09:09 AM

What a great site.

John Gallagher
 |  Mar 15, 2006 at 03:31 PM

Hey, when the hamster's lookin' at the wheel in the top photo, he's like, "What the hell is that??"

barb
 |  May 31, 2006 at 08:44 PM

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