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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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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

[h/t Urban Daddy]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

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