New Service Lets You Rent a Stranger’s Swimming Pool for an Afternoon

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Lounging in a pool is supposed to be relaxing, but unless you have a private pool all to yourself, the experience is often anything but. Whether you're at a public pool or a friend's pool party, you'll likely have to deal with splashing, screaming, and concerning amounts of urine in exchange for your swim time. Now there's a new option for people without swimming pools in their backyards, and it's called Swimply.

As Thrillist reports, Swimply is an Airbnb-like service that lets property owners rent out their empty pools by the hour to people desperate to take a dip in peace. Hourly rates are higher than what a day pass at your local public pool might cost you and most places have a one-hour minimum, but depending on what you're looking for, you can find a pool that fit your needs. A quick search of the Los Angeles area brings up pools ranging from $25 to $150 an hour. The more luxurious options include hot tubs and saltwater pools, and some homeowners even offer backyard amenities like grills and fire pits. And if you don't mind sharing the space, you can always invite some friends to tag along and split the cost.

Swimply is based in New York and operates in 20 states across the U.S., including Florida, California, and Texas. The website allows you to quickly search for pools by location and availability. For property owners who don't use their pool every day and are looking to make some supplementary cash, Swimply also makes it easy to create an account and list a pool.

Having access to a private pool for an afternoon is convenient, but in the middle of heat wave, nothing beats having a free pool steps away from your back door. If you're thinking about taking on a pool installation project this summer, here's what you need to know.

[h/t Thrillist]

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Turducken Pringles Are Real—But Good Luck Finding Them!


The monumental feat of not-so-modern engineering known as the turducken is just as mouthwatering as it is terrifying. But what if you could get all that sodium-saturated deliciousness without a laborious cooking process—and with a satisfying crunch to boot?

That’s the philosophy behind turducken Pringles, which you achieve by stacking turkey-, duck-, and chicken-flavored Pringles together and gobbling them up in one fell swoop. They’re part of Pringles’s Friendsgiving Feast kit, which also includes other classic Thanksgiving flavors like cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

If you’re wondering who would deign to offend the gravy gods by purchasing such a kit, the answer, apparently, is just about everybody. According to Newsweek, there was such a plentiful bounty of online orders when the $16 kit launched yesterday that it sold out immediately, and also crashed the site.

“We underestimated your hunger for our Friendsgiving Feast!” the company wrote in an Instagram post. “Our website is experiencing heavy traffic and we’re doing everything we can to get it back up and running.”

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The comments on the post reveal just how tantalizingly close some prospective customers got to tasting the holy trinity of fowl-flavored chips—the site allowed some people to place the kit in their carts, but shut down as soon as they tried to complete the purchase.

Since then, several new eBay listings for the Friendsgiving kit have appeared, with offers starting around $100.

If you’re not willing to shell out the big ducks for the full feast, you can settle for a sleeve of Pringles’s roasted turkey chips, which are hitting shelves now for a limited time.

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[h/t Newsweek]