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Ferris wheel relies on manpower, not horsepower, in India

"Pleasure wheels" that were built out of wood and were powered by hand date back to the early 17th century and actually preceded George Washington Gale Ferris' marvel that appeared in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Ferris' wheel was powered by two 100-horsepower engines, but it looks like in this town in India, the original method works best.



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An Indian carnival worker hangs from the bars of a manual ferris wheel as he propels it around at a local fair in New Delhi, India, Nov. 19. In a city affected by frequent power cuts and blackouts, the ferris wheel requires no electricity or generator and is run solely by the physical power of the workers.

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Indian children ride on a manual ferris wheel at a local fair in New Delhi, India, Nov. 19.

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Indian carnival workers stand on the bars of a manual ferris wheel as they propel it around at a local fair in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 19.

Kevin Frayer / AP

An Indian carnival worker hangs from the bars of a manual ferris wheel as he propels it around at a local fair in New Delhi, India, Nov. 19. In a city affected by frequent power cuts and blackouts, the ferris wheel requires no electricity or generator and is run solely by the physical power of the workers.