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Awesome Swimming Pools

Making CO2-Powered Mini Torpedoes

Making CO2-Powered Mini Torpedoes

Inspired by the torpedoes on a submarine, electrosync wanted to see if he could make a tiny version to launch in a swimming pool. He designed 3D-printed shells for the mini torpedoes and powered them with CO2 cartridges. A spring mechanism gives them an initial push. Grab the STL files for free on Thangs.com. (Thanks, Bruce!)

Installing an Olympic-Size Swimming Pool in a Stadium

Installing an Olympic-Size Swimming Pool in a Stadium

An olympic-sized pool doesn’t seem like the sort of thing you can just add to a stadium. But in 2012, Omaha’s CenturyLink Center (now the CHI Health Center Arena) enlisted Myrtha Pools to install a massive pool to support the U.S. Olympic Trials. This time-lapse video compresses the entire process down to less than 45 seconds.

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Inflatable Hangout Chair Classic

Inflatable Hangout Chair Classic

Part of Bote Board’s awesome Hangout Suite, this pool lounger is like a floating Adirondack chair. Its PVC sling keeps your butt submerged to keep you cool while keeping your upper half in the sun, and its padded back can recline. Its wide arms are covered with rigid boards, and include a Magnepod drink holder.

Bending Water in a Blow-up Pool

Bending Water in a Blow-up Pool

When it comes to inflatable pools, we try to keep water inside the pool to avoid refilling them for as long as possible. But this guy doesn’t care if he loses a little H2O. Using his body, a pool float, and his knowledge of fluid dynamics, he makes the surrounding water bend to his whim.

Trombone in an Empty Swimming Pool

Trombone in an Empty Swimming Pool

As part of the 2022 Aberdeen Jazz Festival in Scotland, musician Michael Owers performed on trombone in the empty Bon Accord Baths, and the wonderful echoes that it produced are everything you could hope for. It turns out that strings also sound amazing in the same setting, as violinist Victoria Field demonstrated.

One Long Swimming Pool

One Long Swimming Pool

This family-friendly resort in Guangdong, China has a unique water feature – a massive swimming pool that connects the yards of its numerous villas. It’s basically a manmade, chlorinated river. You can book a villa at the Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort on Trip.com.

Tug of Oar

Tug of Oar

This high-energy sport combines the physicality of rowing and a tug of war competition in one. Watch as two teams go head-to-head in a swimming pool to see who can pull the other team across the center line by rowing backward.

Closing the Pool

Closing the Pool

One of the challenges with swimming pools is what to do when you’re done with them for the day. You could put a pool cover over the top, or you could do what Sons of Metallerie did, and build an entire outdoor lounge that slides over the pool when it’s not in use. Here’s the view from the seats.

If You Fell Into a Pool of Sharks

If You Fell Into a Pool of Sharks

You might think that if you tripped while running alongside a pool full of sharks, you’d be chum. But the professional pontificators at What If have some thoughts on the actual consequences, and some tips for surviving such an unlikely event.

ION Party Float Speaker

ION Party Float Speaker

ION’s waterproof Bluetooth sound system is designed to float atop your swimming pool, pumping out 40 watts of sound. Plus it has a pair of cupholders, and transforms into a floating beer pong set with the included accessory tray.

A Perfectly Useless Afternoon

A Perfectly Useless Afternoon
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Celebrate the lazy days of summer with this wristwatch from Mr. Jones Watches and illustrator Kristof Devos. It features an innertube hour hand, and a rubber ducky minute hand, both floating in a swimming pool. Drops 7/4/19 at 12pm (GMT) / 7am (Central). It’s limited to just 100 pieces, so grab yours before it sells out.

World’s Largest Jello Pool

World’s Largest Jello Pool

The idea of filling a swimming pool with gelatin seems simple enough, but as engineer Mark Rober explains, it’s way more complicated than you might think. Leave it to a rocket scientist to figure out how to boil and then refrigerate an entire pool filled with 15 tons of Jello.

How to Measure Swimming Pool Pee

How to Measure Swimming Pool Pee

Mark Rober spoke with a couple of scientists to find out the average amount of pee in a swimming pool. The giveaway is the amount of artificial sweetener in pool water. And the unmistakable pool smell. Skip to 8:21 for the simplified formula.

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Bacon and Eggs Pool Floats

Bacon and Eggs Pool Floats
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Who says food doesn’t belong in the swimming pool? Float your cares away with some delicious high protein grub on these amusing bacon and egg pool rafts from Kangaroo. A 90″ strip of bacon and a 63″ serving of fried eggs should more than satisfy any hunger.

Modpools

Modpools

Prefabricated heated swimming pools made from upcycled, watertightened shipping containers. They can be up and running within minutes and can even be relocated. An optional divider lets you turn part of the pool into a hot tub. Available in 8’x 20′ or 8’x40′ sizes.

Swimming Pool Tables

Swimming Pool Tables

Ricardo Innecco and Mariana Ramos of RAIN Studio created these awesome glass-top tables which look like miniature swimming pools. We’d love to see them with aquamarine-tinted glass, then we’d float some of our action figures on donuts in the middle of them.

Literal Skywalker

Literal Skywalker

This video of Max Miller walking in a see-through swimming pool is both awe-inspiring and terrifying. A plexiglass section of the swimming pool is cantilevered off the roof of Houston’s Market Square Tower 44 stories (appx. 500 feet) above ground level.

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

An awesome time-lapse video of the installation of the swimming pool that was installed in Omaha, NE for the U.S. Olympic Trials back in 2012. This isn’t what we usually think of when somebody mentions an “above-ground pool.”

Glass-Bottomed Pool Bridge

Glass-Bottomed Pool Bridge

London, England’s Embassy Gardens housing development will be home to this 90 foot-long, 8 inch-thick glass swimming pool which will span two of the complexes 10-story apartment buildings, floating 115 feet off the ground.

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