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Need a Drink? Take a Swim in Austria’s Beer Pool

There are plenty of brewery tours out there, but few can compare with the one at Schloss Starkenberger’s Brewery Castle (the best kind of castle, honestly) in Tarrenz, Austria. It’s not the quality of their explanations on hop science or their free tastings at the end, either. It’s because they have swimming pools filled with beer, as The West Australian reports.

Artist Wernfried Poschusta turned what used to be fermentation rooms in the brewery’s cellar into a spa for beer obsessives, with seven 13-foot-long pools of brew. It’s not as alcoholic as you might imagine; the beer is diluted with water at a ratio of 40:1. Really, you’re just swimming in a pool of water that happens to have 80 gallons of beer in it.

Don’t just show up with your towel, though. You’ll need a reservation, and the experience will cost you a little under $260 for a two-hour swim.

That’s a little steep for a brewery tour, but not too bad for a spa experience. And you could call it a therapeutic activity, if you really wanted to. Some people swear by conditioning their hair with beer, and there are plenty of fancy organic skincare products that promise that hops will calm and protect your skin. Studies have found that hops provide a sedative effect, too. While you can’t drink from it—even if you wanted to—you can order a brew pool-side.

Come on in. The beer is warm.

[h/t The West Australian]

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Revisit Your Favorite '90s Screensaver With This Free Game
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In the '90s, a significant amount of computing power was devoted to generating endless brick mazes on Windows 95. The screensaver has since become iconic, and now nostalgic Microsoft fans can relive it in a whole new way. As Motherboard reports, the animation has been re-imagined into a video game called Screensaver Subterfuge.

Instead of watching passively as your computer weaves through the maze, you’re leading the journey this time around. You play as a kid hacker who’s been charged with retrieving sensitive data hidden in the screensaver of Windows 95 before devious infomancers can get to it first. The gameplay is pretty simple: Use the arrow keys to navigate the halls and press Q and click the mouse to change their design. Finding a giant smiley face takes you to level two, and finding the briefcase icon ends the game. There are also lots of giant rats in this version of the screensaver.

Screensaver Subterfuge was designed by Cahoots Malone as part of the PROCJAM 2017 generative software showcase. You can download it for free for Windows, macOS, and Linux from his website, or if playing a game sounds like too much work, you can always watch videos of the old screensaver on a loop.

[h/t Motherboard]

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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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