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High school senior prank – giant hamster wheel?

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Sep 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-17 11:02:53-04

High school seniors came up with a prank even their principal can smile about.

It appeared out of nowhere - a giant metal contraption. It’s not a device of torture - unless you don’t like exercise. 

It’s a giant hamster wheel.

It appeared on Point Loma High School’s quad.

“As soon as I saw it, I was just so amazed at what the kids have done.”

Senior Corlin Palmer came up with the idea while pondering this year’s senior prank and watching his pet rabbit in its much smaller hamster wheel. 

Palmer rallied 55 seniors and raised $900 to build the wheel. It took them three weeks to build. And at 16-feet in diameter, it may be the world’s largest.

The students delivered it to school early Thursday morning and waited for reaction.

Principal Bobbi Samilson loved it because it was creative and wasn’t as destructive as senior pranks in the past.

Students say it symbolizes the academic rat race. And really it’s just a big circle.

“You do that in high school. You do it again in college, to get in to grad school. It’s one big wheel.”

A very fun big wheel, unless you don’t like exercise.