Take a Virtual Ride on This 90,000-Piece LEGO Roller Coaster

Courtesy of Tomáš Kašpařík
Courtesy of Tomáš Kašpařík

A thrilling new POV video puts you in the front seat of a roller coaster made completely out of LEGOs. Spotted by Gizmodo's Sploid, the coaster was built by LEGO enthusiast and YouTuber Tomáš Kašpařík (aka Chairudo) in 2017, and was recently installed in a Prague toy store for its Czech RepuBRICK exhibition, opening March 6. While not quite life-size, the 4.5-foot drop is nothing to scoff at, especially if you're looking through the eyes of a minifigure.

Inspired by El Toro, a wooden coaster at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure, the detailed structure took nearly 800 hours to build. The feat of LEGO engineering is made of almost 90,000 pieces and features a total of 85 feet of track. The whole design measures more than 21 feet long and almost 4 feet wide.

To get an idea of just how impressive the toy coaster is, check out the videos below. You can also scroll through these photos for a look at the detailed features built around the ride, including landscaping work, crowds of visitors, and other, smaller amusement park rides.

If you like this LEGO creation, you might want to check out Chairudo's previous works, like the detailed amusement park that's currently on display alongside the coaster in Prague.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Decorate Your Walls With This Poster of Every Single Character From The Office

Pop Chart Labs
Pop Chart Labs

NBC’s The Office will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year, and fans remain as engaged as ever in the characters who made the show a success. With this poster from Pop Chart, you can show off your own fondness for the show’s beloved cast of personalities.

The print by itself sells for $40, but various finishing options make it a little more expensive. Pop Chart’s poster features 171 different “Faces of Scranton”—plus 16 “Threat Level Midnight” characters and six of Michael Scott’s alter egos—all of which include biographical information like job titles, nicknames, and relationship details.


Pop Chart Labs

Pop Chart’s “Faces of Scranton” print comes just in time for the holidays. If you’re looking for other pop culture-themed gifts for your friends and relatives (or for yourself!), check out this list of 12 products for people who can’t get enough of The Office.

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Hellvetica Is the Typeface of Your Nightmares

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Zephyr18/iStock via Getty Images

If you spot a slack-jawed graphic designer staring at their computer screen with an expression of horror, they haven’t just seen a ghost—they’ve seen Hellvetica.

Though the terrible typeface is meant as a Halloween-themed take on the traditionally pleasing Helvetica, it doesn’t contain jagged edges, dripping blood, or any other characteristically spooky elements you might imagine.

Instead, it’s just really poorly spaced. In typography, the process of adjusting the space between letters is called kerning. While you probably peruse materials typed in well-kerned fonts without thinking about letter spacing at all, sloppy kerning can make things pretty difficult to read.

According to The Verge, the deliberate kerning catastrophe that is Hellvetica was masterminded by New York-based creative directors Zack Roif and Matthew Woodward, who may have just become the graphic design industry’s first supervillains.

“Kern in hell,” the website states, along with “Welcome to type purgatory,” and “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog and into the underworld,” all typed in the visually abhorrent Hellvetica.

It also features a fake quote from the Swiss creator of Helvetica, Max Miedinger, who died in 1980 and is undoubtedly rolling in his grave. “What have you done?” he supposedly said.

However, it did pique the interest of the diabolical founder of hell itself.

“I don’t hate it,” Satan said.

If you want to partake in the pandemonium by typing in Hellvetica this Halloween or forever, you can download it here.

[h/t The Verge]

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