Backyard Scrabble

I like areas of double use,’ says Sacramento architect Kristy McAuliffe, and her 5-foot square Scrabble board rates at least a double-word score on the scale of inventive garden games. With the help of friend Keith Rogers, McAuliffe made a wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water-base concrete stains… Games go late on summer evenings. ‘You get better words playing outside,’ McAuliffe says.” w/ photos

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Man Surfs A Slackline!

“The most side surfs on a slackline in one minute is 143 and was achieved by Andrew Lewis at the Diaoshuilou Waterfall of Jingbo lake in China.”

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Tandem Hydrocycle

This is the watercraft that makes traversing on water as easy as riding a bicycle. Each rider’s pedals spin a 12″ propeller that drives the hyrdocycle smoothly on rivers, lakes, or oceans at 4-6 mph — as fast as paddling a canoe or kayak — while requiring minimal effort. The watercraft’s seamless polyethylene pontoons were developed by a professional canoe designer for optimum buoyancy, speed, and stability. The hydrocycle operates in less than a foot of water and can even handle 3′ ocean swells. The hyrdocycle’s handlebars are attached to a rudder that provides steering as you pedal. The drive train is sealed to provide protection even in salt water. The 17″ powder-coated aluminum frame has a quick release seat clamp that adjusts seat height. Twin storage compartments with cup holders prevent gear from becoming waterlogged. The watercraft quickly disassembles without tools for transport in most minivans or SUVs.” w/ photo

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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mortal Kombat

“Kombat is defined as the unending dispute of earth’s most renowned warriors, engaged in physical altercations with inhabitants of Outworld and the Netherrealm, among other realms. No? I’m sorry, you must have thought I meant “Combat”. Not only the source of one of pop culture’s most accepted typos, Mortal Kombat is a fighting video game series that has sold millions, captivated billions, and etched itself a unique and well-deserved spot in entertainment history. Yet behind its blood-splattered legacy remain a few fun facts that even some longtime fans have overlooked.” w/ photos

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