What do you get when you combine a sofa with the motor of an old wheelchair? If you answered "something totally awesome," you're pretty much right. However, a better response would be: a totally awesome motorized couch that is also banned from the premises of the college campus where it was created.
That's right. After two Brigham Young University students spent three months creating their automotive love seat, campus security nipped their hard work in the bud by placing a campus-wide ban on any type of couch transportation.
If you're shaking your head in disgust at whoever could forbid such a cool invention, know that you're not alone.
"We're basically the same thing as a motorized wheelchair," says Nick Homer, inventor of the motorized couch. "We fought it, saying that the two are the same, but motorized wheelchairs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act."
Still, despite the silliness of it all, 24-year-old Homer can kind of see where officials are coming from. Take, for example, the first day he and his friends toured campus in their invention.
"Everyone was just kinda going nuts," Homer tells Asylum. "We had a line of about 10 cars backed up on the street and the police were called because we were blocking traffic. The police showed up after a few minutes and basically congratulated us on being awesome."
And the hysteria only seemed to get more extreme, explains the BYU student.
"Wherever we went, people would stop what they were doing and take pictures, gawk and start rolling on the ground like they were on fire."
Fortunately, before the ban was put into place, Homer and his partner in crime, Stewart Clyde, were able to utilize their motorized couch around campus pretty often. They hit up many a BYU football game, showed up looking ultra-suave at campus events and took it for regular spins down the sidewalk between classes.
And though the couch has been declared illegal on the school's premises, we are happy to inform you that it continues to get its fair share of use. The two drive it around town, up to drive-thru windows and even sneaked it into the Provo, Utah, Fourth of July Parade.
So what's next on the list for these collegiate scholars with a flair for luxury travel?
"We want to take the couch off eventually and put on a gondola ... like from Venice," Homer tells us. "We'll row around Provo and whenever we stop we'll pull out an anchor. Also, we'd have a cooler leaking water inside of it so that there would be a stream of water following us everywhere in the streets."
We just shed an anticipatory tear of joy.
If you're interested in learning how these fellas made their couch, check out their website: motorizedcouchboys.com.