11 Insane Aquatic Toys You Can Buy

Forget pool noodles and squirt guns—these aquatic accessories will help take your water activities to the next level (provided you can afford them...).

1. Lake Trampoline, $1800 - $3700

Get real height on your cannonballs with this lake trampoline, which comes in three sizes: 12, 15, and 20 feet.

2. The Inflatable Water Shooting Float, $60

Bring the carnival directly to your pool with Space Shootout, which is equipped with two squirt cannons that draw a steady supply of water from the pool via flexible tubes. The goal is to displace the balls by shooting water into the cylinder; the first person to eject all six balls from their cylinder wins.  

3. Floating Tiki Bar, $160

Why leave the water to make a drink when you can buy this 7.5-foot-tall inflatable tiki bar and whip up cocktails in the pool? The bar has six drink holders and two ice storage bins; we suggest serving drinks in these floating glasses.

4. Aquaglide Rockit, $2300

This 14 foot wide, 5.5 foot high water rocker promises to provide “unlimited fun” for two to eight people. The goal is to work together, or against each other, to balance and tip the rocker.

5. Texas Hold ‘Em Inflatable Poker Set, $66

Set this table up in your pool and find out who the card shark really is. The nearly 4.5 by 4.5 foot table comes with 200 poker chips, a deck of waterproof cards and a dealer button, and has four chip storage areas, four cup holders, and four floating lounges. The lounges aren’t attached, so you can use them on their own, though one Amazon reviewer noted that “it's a bit difficult to sit in the ‘chairs’ and play cards. Everyone has to hold on to the table with one hand to keep from floating away from it.”

6. Giant Rubber Duckie, $230

The pool is your bathtub—or Florentijn Hofman display—when you buy this 8-foot-tall inflatable rubber duckie.

7. Yoga Watermat PoolFloat and Lake Raft, $600

Test your balance in tree pose/look like you're practicing Vinyasa on a magic carpet on this floating yoga mat, which can hold up to 175 pounds.

8. Floating Obstacle Course, $13,500

If you’ve always dreamed of making like your favorite GUTS contestant and running an obstacle course—on water, no less—then this raceway is for you. The 42-foot-long by 32-foot-wide raceway can handle up to 60 people at a time and sounds intense: 

Four raised, webbed rebounding platforms at each corner require nimble negotiation to avoid ejection into the water. One length of the course tests balance while walking over a 2'-wide "beam" ... while another encourages players to jump over a two-section water "pit" or descend and climb out. Twin climbing obstacles require participants to decide if climbing over their inflated beams is quicker than crawling through a handful of arches. 

Of course, to truly get that GUTS experience, you’ll need to pair it with ... 

9. Rave Iceberg Inflatable Climbing Mountain, $8000

… this 14-foot-high inflatable climbing mountain, which is basically a mini-Aggro Crag.

10. StarFighter Inflatable Squirter Float, $60

This “alien spaceship,” which can hold up to 140 pounds, comes complete with a sunroof and a water blaster—perfect for squirting unsuspecting sunbathers. 

12. Aquaglide SuperVolley Floating Volleyball Court, $11,000

Volleyball, on the water, with bounce—perfect for executing a killer spike. As a bonus, the ball is attached to a bungee so it won’t go flying, then floating, away.

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Fictional Place Names Are Popping Up On Road Signs in Didcot, England

Driving along the highway in Didcot, England, you may notice something strange: the road signs point the way to places like Neverland and Middle-earth.

The names of these and other fictional locales from literature were seamlessly added to road signs by an artist/prankster using Transport Medium, the official font of British road signs.

After some sleuthing, BBC News found the man responsible, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. He told the BBC that he's been orchestrating "creative interventions" all over England for about 20 years under different pseudonyms, and that this project was a reaction to Didcot being labeled "the most normal town in England" in 2017, which rubbed him the wrong way. "To me there's nowhere that's normal, there's no such thing, but I thought I'd have a go at changing people's perceptions of Didcot," he said of the town, which he describes as a "fun" and "funky" place.

Oxfordshire County Council isn't laughing; it told the BBC that although the signs were "on the surface amusing," they were "vandalism" and potentially dangerous, since it would be hard for a driver who spotted one not to do a double take while their eyes were supposed to be on the road. Even so, thanks to routine council matters, the signs are safe—at least for now—as the Council says that it is prioritizing fixing potholes at the moment.

Jackie Billington, Didcot's mayor, recognizes that the signs have an upside. "If you speak to the majority of people in Didcot they're of the same opinion: it's put Didcot on the map again," he told BBC News. "Hopefully they'll be up for a couple of weeks."

There are five altered signs in total. If you fancy a visit to the Emerald City, you're pointed toward Sutton Courtenay. Narnia neighbors a power station. And Gotham City is on the same route as Oxford and Newbury (and not, apparently, in New Jersey, as DC Comics would have you believe). If you want to go see the signs for yourself before they disappear, you'll find them along the A4130 to Wallingford.

See the signs here and in the video below.

[h/t BBC News]

Prepare to Be Stumped By This Math Problem Meant for Fifth Graders

Math is hard. Just ask Mumsnet user PeerieBreeks, who posted a ‘simple’ math riddle meant for fifth graders to the parenting website, and ended up with more than 500 comments—many of them from adults struggling to come up with the correct answer. Here’s the riddle:

For the most part, the problem-solvers who shared their answers all believed that the man made a profit, but whether it was $10, $20, or $30 seemed to be in hot dispute. Can you figure it out? (Scroll down for the answer. We’ll give you a minute …)






The wording of the riddle, not the math, seems to be what’s throwing most people off. Because the transactions in question relate to the same horse, people are looking at it as a single, four-part transaction—buys, sells, buys, sells. But the correct way to look at the problem, and figure out the answer, is to look at it as just two transactions: a man bought a horse and sold a horse. A man bought a horse and sold a horse. (The man could just as easily have bought and sold a dog in one of those transactions and it wouldn’t change the outcome.)

All of which is to say that the correct answer is: The man made a $20 profit.


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