Coney’s Island’s Switchback Railway was America‘s first roller coaster. Designed by LaMarcus Adna Thompson in 1881, constructed in 1884, Thompson may have based his design on the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway; a coal-mining train that, in 1827, was turned into a amusement ride.
A ride on the SR cost five cents. The stately dressed crowds of summers long ago would ascend a tower, be seated in bench-like cars, and pushed off to coast along at over 6 mph (9.7 km/h) along a 600 ft (183 m) track to another tower at the far end. Upon arriving at this other tower the vehicle was switched to a return track… or “switched back” (hence the name).
This track design was soon replaced with an oval complete-circuit ride designed by Charles Alcoke and called the Serpentine Railway. In 1885 Phillip Hinkle developed a lift system which appeared in his ride called Gravity Pleasure. The Gravity Pleasure also featured cars in which the passengers could face forward instead of in the awkward bench-like seats of the first two roller coasters.
After spending years fighting gentrification in Williamsburg a couple decided to make their own house instead of paying inflated housing rates.
The catch? The three-story house is made of shipping containers.
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You have to admire the resourcefulness of some people. Nowadays, when the going gets tough they invariably come up with quite creative responses to their difficulties. Just when I thought that abandoned warehouses were the ultimate in new age domiciles, shipping containers are now in vogue. What’s next? Perhaps clever residences strewn along abandoned shipyards.
Top 10 Policies That The United States Could Learn From Iceland
I always loved those old Nordic legends…apparently, even the new ones are good.
The Cat Scratch from SUCK UK is a cardboard turntable scratching pad. It even comes with stickers, a spinning deck and a posable tone arm. via Cat Scratch – The Awesomer
A sure-fire gift for the cat in one’s life who has everything. In fact, it looks so adorably peculiar that my wife is thinking of getting me one.
Ah, Manhattan in the good old days; an anxious time of crowded mobility that has ascended down to the present time. Always good to see that our forbearers never failed to appreciate a good joke; laughing at the progressive aspects of living in the fast lane.
Nevertheless, my world-weary but fast Ford Mustang would absolutely refuse to get into a contraption like that. My motorized pony would go Christine on me; causing death, havoc, and similar inconvenience to everyone and everything in her path.
Photo: Global Informer.