When a treehouse just isn’t good enough


Not satisfied with a patio or treehouse, some people have built a monorail or a roller coaster in their backyard. And then there's this one guy who apparently has not yet run out of strange things to build in his backyard. Former projects include include a domed swimming pool, a garden accessible only from above, a carousel, and a forty-four foot kite.

Comments (14)
  1. Nathan_works says:

    There went 2 hours of my day. Inspiring to go do creative things now..

  2. Rob says:

    This is exactly what I’d hope rocket scientists would do in their spare time.

  3. poochner says:

    I first read that as "a doomed swimming pool."

  4. Cooney says:

    Well, it was doomed – the dome collapsed in a snowfall. Still, this is what I’d do with too much land to play around in.

  5. James says:

    Some people really need to find a new hobby.  I mean, come on, what a complete waste of money building a monorail in your back garden.

    I imagine its fun for all of about, ooh, 10 minutes… then it’s just stupid.

  6. parobu says:

    Please enlighten us on your hobbies there James. No wait, let me guess… you dont have any cause you’re a boring nerd. :-)

  7. Cooney says:

    Some people really need to find a new hobby.

    Some people named James. Get out of the house and go hike somewhere or something.

  8. Lauren Smith says:

    Raymond, thanks for this link!

    I gotta get a backyard…

  9. Worf says:

    Well, what else do you do with a big backyard?

    I suppose you could, uh, mow it. But having these things means less to mow!

  10. James says:

    Please enlighten us on your hobbies there James.

    Some people named James. Get out of the house and go hike somewhere or something.

    I enjoy cycling, playing cricket, spending time reading (primarily non-fiction), programming, the list goes on.

    As for the inventions themselves, perhaps I should clarify myself.  They are cool, I won’t debate that – however, to actually build one for oneself just seems, to be, a gross waste of time and money.  The practicality of these inventions is minuscule at best, and the enjoyment of it will often be short-lived, as the projects are far too small-scale to offer any kind of real diversity.  Of course, that’s just how I view them, I’m perfectly happy if you’d like to spend the rest of your life riding a mini-monorail around your back garden ;)

  11. Cooney says:

    The practicality of these inventions is minuscule at best, and the enjoyment of it will often be short-lived, as the projects are far too small-scale to offer any kind of real diversity.

    What’s the practicality of cricket?

  12. Matt Green says:

    If you can’t do ridiculous things in your spare time, when *can* you do them?

    Beats the hell out of sitting on your ass and watching American Idol.

  13. James says:

    What’s the practicality of cricket?

    Exercise, improve dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination, social interaction (at a push :P), and even makes a relatively decent career path… touring the world, playing a gentleman’s game!

  14. mx2000 says:

    "Soap bubbles are okay, but they can be hard to see and if the wind isn’t right, they fall and break. I solved these problems by feeding an automatic bubble machine a mixture of smoke from a smoke machine and helium from a party-balloon kit from Walmart. The smoke makes the bubbles look like glistening pearls and the helium can be adjusted to make the bubbles float or rise."

    Hey, I think this has some real commerical potential.

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