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World’s Biggest Bounce Castle Launches U.S. Tour

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As you get older, the number of opportunities you have to jump inside bounce castles starts to dwindle. Luckily there’s an inflatable attraction that’s currently touring the U.S., and it’s big enough to hold guests of all ages.

The Big Bounce America bills itself as the biggest bounce house in the world. According to KHON2, it comprises five sections that span 10,000 square feet when assembled into one unit. The castle’s turrets reach a maximum height of 32 feet and require 28 blowers to fully inflate.

The bouncy behemoth is the brainchild of Scottish duo Cameron Craig and Grahame Ferguson. They write on the Big Bounce website: “We had a dream. A dream to build a bounce house. A bounce house so awesome in scale and content that you, your friends, and your families would travel from far and wide to marvel at its awesomeness.”

Following two years of research, they went to Cleveland to achieve their goal of constructing the world’s largest bounce house. They started taking their creation across America in July and plan to continue the tour through November, with stops in San Diego, Houston, Portland, Oregon and beyond.

Tickets cost $12 to $39 and include full access to the castle's basketball hoops, obstacle courses, ball pits, and inflatable chill out areas. Bouncers ages zero to 100 are welcome, but single adults will have to wait for a 16-and-over session to join in the fun.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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The Princess Ride: Here's What a Princess Bride Theme Park Attraction Might Look Like
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Do you fight the urge to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya” when introducing yourself? Have you spent the past 30 years mispronouncing the word “marriage”? If so, you may be a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. The cult film (and the book on which it’s based) has inspired board games, merchandise, and countless pop culture references. Now, two theme park designers from Universal have conceived the inconceivable. As Nerdist reports, Jon Plsek and Olivia West have designed the plans for a hypothetical attraction called “The Princess Ride.

Their idea follows the classic river boat ride structure and adds highlights from the movie around each corner. After watching Buttercup and Wesley’s love story unfold, riders are taken past the Cliffs of Insanity, through the Fire Swamp, and into the Pit of Despair. The climax unfolds at Prince Humperdinck’s castle and leads up to the two protagonists riding off into the sunset. The last thing the passengers see is Miracle Max and Valerie waving goodbye saying, “Hope ya had fun stormin’ the castle!”

The ride’s designers make a living turning stories into thrilling attractions. Plsek works as a concept artist for Universal Creative, the group behind Universal’s theme parks, and West works there as a concept writer. While The Princess Ride was just a fun side project for the pair, it isn’t hard to imagine their ride bringing Princess Bride fans to the parks in real life.

For more of Jon Plesk’s concept rides inspired by classics like Dr. Strangelove (1964) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), check out his website.

[h/t Nerdist]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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