What can unite a motorcyclist, a rider, a lawn mower, a car enthusiast, a home trainer and an art manager? Each of them is connected in one way or another with a newfangled, but not fully understood word. Riders - what is it? Let's find out.
Modern lexicon is changing very dynamically. Like most other buzzwords, the term "rider" is borrowed from the English language. In fact, this is just a transliteration of a word that has its direct analogue in Russian speech. Rider translates as "rider".
Cowboys and bikers
So, an eighteenth-century gentleman on a thoroughbred trotter, a sun-scorched cowboy on a semi-wild mustang, and even a young girl who has just started taking riding lessons in a horse club - they are all riders. What is it that turns out? Rider is a rider. But what about household, garden, LED and other riders? How are they related to riding? About everything in order. By the way, it is worth saying that over time, when iron horses replaced the noble animals, this word migrated to the biker subculture, firmly rooted in it and is used to this day.day.
But the reason why a mixture of a tractor and a lawn mower is also called this word is not immediately clear. The fact is that garden riders differ from ordinary lawn mowers in the presence of a comfortable seat, and any tractor will be given a head start in maneuverability. So they named it in memory of the opportunities that were once available to any rider. The application of the garden rider is multifunctional: it is used for cutting grass, collecting debris, removing snow, watering and fertilizing the soil.
The sonorous word is also called, among other things, fitness equipment. There are special simulators-riders, which are a design that is somewhat reminiscent of a bicycle. However, unlike an exercise bike, this sports equipment is designed to work with a larger muscle group. The rider is designed like scissors. And the essence of the exercises themselves is to raise and lower the weight of your own body. It's a bit boring, but effective, as you develop endurance and train the cardiovascular system of the whole body without putting unnecessary stress on either the knee or elbow joints.
Tribute to cinema
Let's go a little deeper into history. In 1982, the science fiction television series Knight Rider appeared on American screens, which was very popular not only during its four seasons, but for a long time after that. The expanses of Russian television broadcasting is a creationconquered already in the late nineties. And not so long ago, in 2008, to the delight of the fans, a continuation of the beloved story was filmed.
According to the plot, one of the main roles is played by the car of the hero - he is intelligent, independent and able to communicate with his voice. On the hood of this car there is a strip of red LEDs that shimmer when the voice of the car sounds. This effect looks pretty stylish.
The title of the above-mentioned TV series in English is "Knight Rider". LED riders are named after him - decorations from LED strips that are installed today on car hoods.
A place in show business
But most often in the modern lexicon this word is used in show business. When organizing tours, artists' agents make up riders. What is it in this case? This is a detailed list of everything a celebrity might need to perform. This includes both technical wishes for the design of the stage, and the gastronomic preferences of the performers themselves.
If you remember the origin of the word (based on the verb "to go"), it is easy to understand why this document is called that. After all, it's about travel. Therefore, it is not surprising that in such a multi-valued English language, the list of things necessary for a trip from a verb is simply translated into a noun. Another thing is striking: the Russian language, with all its we alth, so greedily and indiscriminately absorbs overseas definitions. However, this is a completely separate issue.
Many celebrities are very fond of riders. What it is is known firsthand to the host. And journalists are happy to try, covering the whims of the stars, greedy for sensations, to the public. It seems that in some cases the performers deliberately make unreasonable demands just to be heard about.
Star Riders sometimes include completely unexpected items. For example, the Disco Crash group orders a live rooster with a person accompanying it. The bird is used in one of the rooms. After that, a living and unharmed representative of the birds is returned to the owner.
But the "Dirty Scoundrels" prefer inanimate props on stage. They order exactly 14 rolls of white toilet paper for their room. Moreover, it is separately stipulated that the paper should not be perforated.
Taisia Povaliy specifically indicates that the driver serving her must certainly be with two hands. In addition, a basketball should be waiting for her in the room. The singer uses it as a sports equipment for spinal relaxation.
From domestic performers, lovers of gossip will undoubtedly please Philip Kirkorov. His rider barely fits on a dozen pages and includes all the details of the stay: from a snow-white limousine that should take him off the plane, to a meticulous description of the contents in the refrigerator of the hotel room.
Household riders of some stars can be read asnovels. And the point here is not the beauty of the syllable, but the volume. For example, the list of requirements of the singer Celine Dion takes 67 pages of text. It's scary to think about how long it took to come up with them all. Just a meticulous enumeration of interior items and wallpaper colors is worth something!
Jennifer Lopez's wishes include the constant presence of a person who must spray Chanel's White Gardenia perfume around. The tea prepared for her must be stirred counterclockwise. One can only guess how the fulfillment of this requirement is verified. And when the singer feels the need to listen to music, she orders diamond-studded headphones.
Madonna believes that after each visit to the toilet there is a need to change the toilet seat. Fresh white orchids, s alt from the depths of the Dead Sea and three special candles should await her in her room. And if someone dares to break the silence, she easily demands compensation for moral damage.
How candy prevented disaster
However, it also happens that something more serious is hidden behind a seemingly ridiculous and stupid requirement than it might seem at first glance. This statement is true in the case of the American hard rock band Van Halen.
The rider of the group since the eighties includes one strange item. Moreover, it is registered in the middle of the technical specification. The artists wished that there was always a vase with M&M sweets in the locker room, but amongthey should not have a single brown dragee.
Sorting a couple of packs of candy is not a big deal. However, this item was invented on purpose, and its execution is an indicator that all other requirements were also taken into account and fulfilled. And among them, in a special way, appears the need for the stage to be properly fortified. And now this is no longer just a whim of celebrities.
This requirement is explained by the fact that the group "Van Halen" uses specialized equipment during performances, which in itself is bulky and heavy. Add to this the specifics of hard rock performance, when several adult men are jumping around the stage with all their urine, and you get a serious force of pressure on the supporting structures.
Perhaps no one would ever have known about this little trick, if not for a significant precedent that occurred on one of the tours. It happened at the University of Colorado. Entering the dressing room, the artists found their candies, but among them were also covered with brown icing. The question immediately arose about the proper fulfillment of the remaining requirements. Since the item about dragee sorting was documented, they had the right to demand a stage strength test.
The stage collapsed while checking. The concert was cancelled. However, thanks to such foresight, not only the integrity of expensive equipment was preserved, but, quite possibly, more than one young life.