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For $200,000, You Can Ring in 2017—Twice

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If you’ve got a burning desire to ring in the new year twice, and an extra $200,000 lying around, PrivateFly—a private jet charter company—is offering New Year’s Eve revelers the chance to officially welcome in 2017 twice, with a one-way trip from Sydney to Los Angeles aboard a Gulfstream G650ER, the world’s fastest long-range private jet.

The party kicks off Down Under (so you’ll need to hurry to get there if you’re not already in Australia), where you’ll eat, drink, and say hello to 2017 in Sydney. At 2 a.m., you and up to 17 friends will hop aboard your champagne-stocked private jet (catered food is also included in the price) for the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, which will take you back in time because of the 19-hour time difference. When you touch down in California, it will be only 7 p.m.—plenty of time to pop another bottle of bubbly and prepare to sing “Auld Lang Syne” for a second time.

Of course, all this partying doesn’t come cheap; the total cost of the experience, regardless of the number of passengers, is $184,750 (which works out to just over $10,000 apiece if you fill up all 18 seats). According to CNN, the opportunity—which was offered last year as well—has yet to find any takers, so you've still got time. There goes that resolution to “save more money” in 2017.

[h/t: Condé Nast Traveler]

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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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