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

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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]

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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.

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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.

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