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Old 12-09-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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When I say roller skates, what comes to mind? The shoes with wheels in-line or those old fashioned 4 ball bearing wheels per foot? I think of the latter.

Who invented roller skates? Joseph Merlin of Huy, Belgium is given credit as the inventor of roller skates.


Here is an excerpt from The History of Roller Skates:


Early 1700s - In Holland, an unknown Dutchman decided to go ice skating in the summer, ice skating was the widespread method used in the Netherlands to travel the numerous frozen canals in winter. The unknown inventor accomplished dry land skating by nailing wooden spools to strips of wood and attaching them to his shoes. 'Skeelers' was the nickname given to the new dry-land skaters.
1760 - A London instrument maker and inventor, Joseph Merlin, attended a masquerade party wearing one of his new inventions, metal-wheeled boots. Joseph desiring to make a grand entrance added to the pizzazz of rolling in while playing the violin. Lining the huge ballroom was a very expensive wall-length mirror. The fiddling skater stood no chance of stopping and crashed solidly into the mirrored wall, breaking his violin and his roller skates crashed into society.



1863 - American, James Plimpton found a way to make a very useable pair of skates. Plimpton's skates had two parallel sets of wheels, one pair under the ball of the foot and the other pair under the heel. The four wheels were made of boxwood and were mounted on rubber springs. Plimpton's design was the first dry-land skate that could maneuver in a smooth curve. This configuration is considered the birth of the modern four-wheeled roller skates, which allowed for turns and the ability to skate backwards.

1884 - The invention of pin ball-bearing wheels made rolling easier and skates lighter.

If you have never had a chance to try roller skating this way, I highly suggest it. It is very fun and people used to do competitions like ice skaters do. You can spin and do jumps on roller skates. Yes I love roller skating. Here is a link of with roller skating information:
http://www.usarollersports.org/vnews...FIGURE+SKATING

So with that, I wish everyone a great and fun and fabulous week. I wish those that are sick, to get better and I wish those with tests, great grades.

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Hi everyonee.

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Welll,
I gotta go.
Just wanted to be first posterr. :]
Haha, goodnight.

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Welll,
I gotta go.
Just wanted to be first posterr. :]
Haha, goodnight.
Congrats and goodnight smile on first post
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Oh, I almost got first!! oh well!
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Oh, I almost got first!! oh well!
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Congrats on 3rd post Melissa, how are you tonight?
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Congrats on 3rd post Melissa, how are you tonight?

oh sweet. awesome! Thanks Cows

I am doing good how are you? I cant sleep my fiance is snoring too loud lol
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LOL sorry to hear about the snoring. Going great for me. Do you have an asian account? rare coming up in 11 minutes, can't wait to see what it is
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LOL sorry to hear about the snoring. Going great for me. Do you have an asian account? rare coming up in 11 minutes, can't wait to see what it is
yes I do, I cant wait to see what it is! I am so bummed I missed the Royal Estate bed Sunday- we were at his parents and I didnt have my laptop- I could have cried! lol

Maybe Arte is feeling generous tonight Are you ready for christmas?
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