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teedubya
09-27-2010, 10:27 AM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01725/Heselden-460_1725570c.jpg
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8027301/Segway-company-owner-dies-riding-two-wheeled-machine-off-cliff.html
ROFL ROFL :doh!:
The multi-millionaire businessman, 62, fell into the River Wharfe while inspecting the grounds of his North Yorkshire estate on a rugged country version of the Segway.
The Segway is a motorised scooter which use gyroscopes to remain upright and is controlled by the direction in which the rider leans.

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A passer-by found Heselden alongside his Segway in the Boston Spa area at about 11.40am on Sunday.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said today: "Police were called at 11.40am yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above.

"A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this time we do not believe the death to be suspicious."
Heselden was worth 166m and ranked 395th on the Sunday Times Rich List.

The former miner made his millions from defence contracts. He created a unique portable wire cage water containment system which when filled with earth and sand proved a major defence against bullets, missiles and suicide attacks.

His founded his first company HESCO Bastions with his redundancy pay when he was laid off from the mines.

The wire cage systems developed by Bastions have become standard military equipment for Nato as well as American and British forces.
The Segway operation was acquired by a UK based company backed by Heselden.

MikeMaslowski
09-27-2010, 10:31 AM
Well that sucks.

gblowfish
09-27-2010, 10:36 AM
God is a big fan of irony.

Art Vader
09-27-2010, 10:37 AM
shoulda made it fly too

vailpass
09-27-2010, 10:59 AM
Holy shit. Is this true? LMAO

MahiMike
09-27-2010, 11:00 AM
...and now for something completely different...<segway>

-King-
09-27-2010, 11:08 AM
Trying to segue to the after-life.

the Talking Can
09-27-2010, 11:11 AM
i think alanis morrisette first sang about "a man on a segway, dumbass off a cliff...isn't it.."

Phobia
09-27-2010, 11:21 AM
How would one bring this story up at a party without making an awkward transition?

Baconeater
09-27-2010, 11:24 AM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

PunkinDrublic
09-27-2010, 11:26 AM
My prayers have been answered.

Pestilence
09-27-2010, 11:27 AM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

http://www.kk.org/streetuse/segway%20cops.jpg

Radar Chief
09-27-2010, 11:27 AM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/segway_1.jpg

Fear the knock off Segway patrol.

Baconeater
09-27-2010, 11:32 AM
http://www.kk.org/streetuse/segway%20cops.jpg
Oh, so they're popular in places other than the US?

Bwana
09-27-2010, 11:39 AM
Oh, so they're popular in places other than the US?

In San Pedro, Belize, you can rent:

A. A golf cart
B. A bike
C. One of these piles of crap.

I always go with a fast golf cart over there for my transportation needs, but I saw a guy over there last year that rented one of these. His was in front of me in my cart and went over a speed bump. Long store short, he piled it up and did a head plant in the middle of the street. :eek:

I think I'll stick with a golf cart again this year.

The Pedestrian
09-27-2010, 12:03 PM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

I used one when I did security...if they didn't cost as much as a car (last I checked, they were priced at $5100 or something as equally ridiculous) I'd buy one to ride along the shoulders of roads. The one cool thing about how the states dealt with them is that most places decided to classify segway-riders as pedestrians...but there's also the sh*t about banning them on sidewalks in a lot of places.

Demonpenz
09-27-2010, 12:05 PM
the cops use them here at the power and light, and I aint penzing ya

BigMeatballDave
09-27-2010, 12:08 PM
God is a big fan of irony.That, he is. LMAO

Valiant
09-27-2010, 01:13 PM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

Maybe you want to invest in my SJL??

Segway jousting league

ChiefaRoo
09-27-2010, 01:36 PM
shoulda made it fly too

This isn't funny.....






LMAO

Goldmember
09-27-2010, 02:06 PM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

Rich bastards that own an estate

Hog Farmer
09-27-2010, 02:06 PM
lol...the Segway...what a worthless invention. Too fast for the sidewalk and too slow for the street. Who the hell buys these things and where do they ride them?

I want one ,just so I can drive it to Subway.

teedubya
09-27-2010, 02:09 PM
I wonder what the last thing to go through his mind was... you know, besides rocks.

Psyko Tek
09-27-2010, 02:12 PM
very popular with renta cops at malls

JohninGpt
09-27-2010, 02:27 PM
This guy invented HESCO barriers also. HESCO's are far more useful than Segway's.

Just Passin' By
09-27-2010, 02:35 PM
This guy invented HESCO barriers also. HESCO's are far more useful than Segway's.

Having a HESCO barrier on the edge of that cliff would certainly have been useful.

cyberjedi
09-27-2010, 02:53 PM
He didn't invent Segways - he bought the company. Irony aside this guy was a great humanitarian and donated millions upon millions to charity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Heselden

blaise
09-27-2010, 02:56 PM
Upon news of his death stocks in Segway plummeted.

Donger
09-27-2010, 02:56 PM
I'll bet that the Segway remained in a perfectly horizontal position all the way down, though. It's got gyroscopes. Too bad it doesn't come standard with BRS.

blaise
09-27-2010, 02:56 PM
the cops use them here at the power and light, and I aint penzing ya

The drive them around the Quality Hill area, as well.
I also heard a guy today he was at a golf course where they had them instead of carts.

Donger
09-27-2010, 02:57 PM
Upon news of his death stocks in Segway plummeted.

LMAO

Sure, but they've got to bottom out eventually.

Count Zarth
09-27-2010, 02:57 PM
We're on a seeeeeeeegway to hell

We're on a seeeeeeeeeeeeeegway to hell

And we're goin' doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwn

Donger
09-27-2010, 02:58 PM
We're on a seeeeeeeegway to hell

We're on a seeeeeeeeeeeeeegway to hell

And we're goin' doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwn

LMAO

"We're in the pipe, five-by-five."

Duck Dog
09-27-2010, 03:18 PM
He should have developed something soft to land on.

DMAC
09-27-2010, 03:29 PM
At least he died doing what he loved....not walking.