Are hamsters the next step in resolving our energy crisis? A group of rodent transit enthusiasts decided to test their new invention, the Hamster-Powered Submarine (HPS), and film the vehicle's maiden voyage.

The HPS team assembled the three-liter soda bottle craft for $57 (including the $12 hamster). Fortunately, the hamster was no worse for wear after its wild ride, and the team is arguing for the virtues of rodentpunk over steampunk:

"The major difference between steam power and hamster power is that you don't have to shovel hamsters into a furnace. Another key difference is the smaller carbon footprint made by hamster energy than that of coal and other fossil fuels."

It all sounds well and good until we hit the Global Hamster Pellet Crisis.

[HPS Hamstar via Neatorama]