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Slides, teeter-totters, and even merry-go-rounds are all just bit players at a playground. The real star of the show are always the swing sets, because as this first-person GoPro footage reminds us, they're about as close as you can get to riding a roller coaster without any kind of safety gear.

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Step aside dancing fountains and community gardens, it's the age of the urban swing set. I'm not talking about playgrounds. These are swings designed for adults, enticing the tushes of office workers, university students and tourists — city dwellers young and old who all want to take a turn kicking their legs up into the sky.

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The simple pleasure of swinging is one that most of us probably haven't enjoyed in years. At the historic Convento Das Dominicas n the Portuguese city of Guimarães — itself a Unesco World Heritage site — designers Cláudia Oliveira and Isabel Bourbon of creative studio Elas Duas gave visitors of all ages an opportunity to sway on a special sound-enhanced installation.

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It's hard to get excited about another drawn-out business meeting. Stiff chairs. A circle of equally bored faces. Maybe your leg falls asleep from all that sitting. You jiggle it silently in your seat and stumble gracelessly on your way out the door. Listen up, bosses and interior designers: It doesn't have to be this way!

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When you were a kid using the swings at recess, you always would get just high enough to feel the chains go slack at the top. You always imagined getting so high that you'd go completely around the top bar and come down on the other side, but it always seemed like an unattainable goal. An impossible dream, if you will. Well, now we have proof that if you have balls of steel, it's possible to do the fabled full loop. Good god, this is a terrifying video.

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You don't know what happens on your desk when you are out of the office. What if your 4-port USB hub is carrying on a torrid affair with your Newton's cradle? Well, the cat will be out of the bag if you show up to work one day and find a Boynq Swing USB hub sitting on your desk. Outside of the unique design, the Swing hub also features a DC power jack and surge protection for around US$24.

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The idea of making public spaces more playful is the brainchild of artist Bruno Taylor. In this project, he modified several London bus stops with swings to brighten the day of busy commuters. Never mind the smell, the noise, or that dude rubbing up against you—a swing set at the bus stop would melt away all of the stress associated with public transportation. That is until you get a little too carried away with the swinging motion and knock out someone walking behind the bus stop with your arse. On the playground that's detention—in the adult world it's called assault. Haha...(ass)ault.