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This is the Treehouse You Wish You Had as a Kid

Elizabeth Felicella
Elizabeth Felicella

Treehouses are much better on television or in our imagination. In reality, they're often just airborne wooden boxes filled with dust and spiders. But not this incredible playhouse: Instead of spiders, there's a mahogany writing desk. In place of shoddy carpentry, there is a view of the countryside.

Designed by Sharon Davis Design, this very cool fort can be found on an old farmstead in Garrison, N.Y. The treehouse (although not technically in a tree, it's elevated like one) is roughly 350 square feet and has two floors for children to move around on. To get inside, visitors must climb a rope netting and enter via a trap door. Once inside, the child has the option to climb a ladder to the crow's nest, or lounge in the rope netting. A metal slide connects the two floors together for easy movement.

Up top on the crow's nest, there's a mahogany writing desk for jotting down important memos. When visitors have had their fill, there's a fire pole available for easy departure.

Photos via Elizabeth Felicella

[h/t: DesignMilk]

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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.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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