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All the Best Escalator Videos

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Look, I like YouTube. I watch a lot of videos...you know, for work. Today, I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of escalator videos. You guessed it: person rides escalator, films it, then we get to enjoy the ride.

The surprising thing about these escalator videos is that they relax me so much. Let's start with one of the smoothest, shot by C.G.P. Grey at Heathrow. I want to emphasize, this is literally just 80 seconds of a very slow escalator ride. There is no music. There is no surprise. It is just a ride. (It's so slow, people on the adjacent escalator hop down the steps as stairs.) I find this incredibly soothing:

And here's a five-minute escalator ride. (Technically, a series of escalators, but with beautifully smooth transitions between them.) This is amazing:

Right? Are you feeling it yet? Okay, now here's an escalator in extra-slow power-saving mode. The video isn't quite as smooth, so it's not as relaxing, but there's still something special here:

From the people at Boring Slow Motion, here's a slow motion escalator. Soothing, not boring. I could watch this all day. This should be captured in real time (perhaps without the creepy audio) and projected on my wall. BEHOLD:

Here's a ride up and then down the Dupont Circle escalator (I have been on this escalator! It was great!):

And a beautiful vintage wooden escalator at Macy's. I like the color variations in the treads.

Okay, and now a trip up a vintage escalator in Boston, in a vintage video from 1988. For real. This is happening, and these guys are as psyched about escalators as I am. Also note the dude's '80s sneakers when he rides the escalator.

And here's what happens when you pour a bag of plastic balls into an escalator. Do not try this at home, because picking up all the balls appears to be a real chore:

I guess my point is, when you're on an escalator, just enjoy the moment. If you get to use an escalator every day, treasure it.

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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