If you’ve never ridden a Segway, do it. It’s almost supernaturally fun.
There’s something about riding a vehicle that defies your brain’s intuitive sense of balance and momentum that’s hugely enjoyable and addictive.
It also has the potential for almost unlimited hilarity, which is almost as good a reason to try it.
It only takes a few minutes to learn how to drive a Segway. After that, it feels almost as natural as walking, except that bystanders typically don’t gawk slack-jawed or hurl insults at you while you’re walking — whereas on a Segway, both are likely. Granted, riding a Segway does make you look like a complete tool and/or mall cop.
What’s most delightful about the experience of riding a Segway is how unexpectedly balanced it feels, despite your brain’s naggy insistence that it should topple forward or backward at any moment. It stays upright, and has remarkably precise handling, thanks to gyroscopes and computers and — this is only a guess — sorcery.
Of course, gravity is a bitch goddess, and she doesn’t like to be defied. This is where the hilarity comes in.
Segway fails are among the most pants-peeingly funny of all fails, because the victim invariably topples with flailing-baby-bird ungainliness. And in almost every case, the fail isn’t the fault of the Segway itself, but rather the numbskullery of its rider.
There are loads of Segway fail videos out there, but few can match this compilation for the density of laugh-at-the-misfortune-of-others gold.
Enjoy, but don’t let it deter you from trying a Segway. Just don’t be an idiot about it.