Jonathan Summerfield built a “pennyfarthing,” a version of the first bicycles. They called it a pennyfarthing because the big wheel in the front with a much smaller trailing wheel looked like a British penny next to a British farthing coin. Like so, from Wikipedia:
Between 2006 and 2008, Jonathan cycled 22,000 miles on his machine, visiting 22 countries along the way. He has a profoundly unattractive white-text-on-black-background webpage with lot’s of apostrophe’s here and there that’s fun to poke around in. His running journal summary is kind of a hoot, with Pythonesque “My knees gave out — again,” anecdotes over and over. He never did burn and crash into the swamp, though.
Listen, lad. I built this kingdom up from nothing. When I started
here, all there was was swamp. Other kings said I was daft to build a
castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank
into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So
I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the
swamp. But the fourth one... stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get,
lad: the strongest castle in these islands.
Here’s to you, Mr. Pith Helmet Riding A Boneshaker On Wobbly Knees. You’re our Honorary Borderline Sociopathic Boy Of The Day