A 6-Year-Old Helped Design This Massive Spinning Water Slide


When their imaginations are allowed to wander freely, kids come up with some pretty far-out ideas. Take the structure in the video below: With tangled loops and impossible turns, it would fit right in if it were scribbled on the pages of an elementary-schooler’s notebook. But unlike some other physics-defying inventions dreamt up by kids, this concept is being built in the real world.

According to Attractions Magazine, the "SlideWheel" is a water slide in the form of a spinning bundle of tubes. It’s being constructed by wiegand.maelzer GmbH, and the German company credits the idea to a 6-year-old boy from Switzerland. The team's managing director and co-founder Rainer Maelzer told Attractions that the child described his vision for a "rotating waterslide" in 2012. Wiegand.maelzer GmbH patented the design and has spent the last four years making it a reality.

The tubes of the SlideWheel stretch 460 feet and can hold 12 riders spread out over three groups at once. A full rotation lasts 30 seconds, adding up to 90 seconds per ride of feeling like you're trapped inside a giant washing machine. The company writes on its website: "Because of the dynamic and unique motion within this slide, the rider gets the impression that the ride is more than twice as long."

While a prototype has been built, thrill-seekers won’t find the SlideWheel at water parks just yet. Wiegand.maelzer GmbH has just started closing deals with parks and continues to receive interest from sites across the world every day. The first version of the attraction that will be accessible to the public is coming to the IAAPA expo in Orlando, Florida, in late November. Get a taste of what the first riders can expect in the 360° virtual reality video below.

[h/t Attractions Magazine]

Stranger Things Star David Harbour Officiates Fan's Wedding Thanks to Twitter Challenge


by Natalie Zamora

Stranger Things fans might remember back in January when Chief Hopper actor David Harbour made a kind of ​crazy agreement with an engaged fan. Seems the actor has a sweet spot just like his character!

Ericka Millholland from Springfield, Illinois tweeted at Harbour, asking how many retweets it would take for him to officiate her wedding. Surprisingly, the 43-year-old actor replied the next day, requesting 125,000 retweets, to read a love letter of his choosing, and to cut the first piece of wedding cake.

Harbour's list of demands were ultimately met, as Millholland got almost 132,000 retweets. The actor went on to get ordained, and performed the marriage ceremony this weekend. The best part? He was dressed as Hopper!

Taking to Twitter, Harbour shared a photo from the wedding with his fans, making sure everyone knew he held his promise. "And so me and some fun folks in Springfield, Illinois made good on our promise we made all those months ago," he wrote.

The wedding is hardly Harbour's first time granting a fan request on social media. Back in October, he agreed to take senior photos with a high school student from California, who reached out to him via Twitter.

Come January, Harbour was there in a full on photoshoot with Damaris Fregoso.

It's great to know such a fan-favorite actor not only acknowledges his fans, but actually hangs out and does hilarious stuff with them as well. We'll see more of Harbour when Stranger Things returns for ​Season 3 in summer 2019.

Sony Launches PlayStation Classic, Preloaded With 20 of Your Favorite Games

Sony. Background: iStock
Sony. Background: iStock

Nintendo proved that nostalgia is a powerful force when it released the NES Classic in 2016. Gamers have had a hard time getting their hands on the mini console since its debut, with limited releases appearing in stores with little warning and clearing out just as quickly. Now, Sony is taking a page from Nintendo's book with a retro re-release of its own. This holiday season, the media giant will release the PlayStation Classic, a smaller version of the original PlayStation that comes pre-loaded with 20 games, Polygon reports.

As is the case with the NES Classic, there's no need to pop game cartridges into the new PlayStation console. The PlayStation Classic comes with what you need to get started: two controllers, a HDMI cord for video and audio input, and a micro-USB for power. Once the system has been set up, use the power button on the console to hop from game to game and press the reset button to pause. All your data is saved to a virtual memory card.

Though there will be a total of 20 titles built in to the console, only five have been confirmed so far. Players will be able to play such classics as Final Fantasy 7, Jumping Flash, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms, all playable in the format fans remember from the 1990s.

The PlayStation Classic will sell for $99 when it makes its worldwide debut on December 3—the 24th anniversary of the launch of the original PlayStation. The release date also makes it a great gift for the holidays—whether you're shopping for loved ones or yourself.

[h/t Polygon]