Dad builds backyard roller-coaster for his daughter
Brace yourselves, parents - and then hide this video of a homemade backyard roller-coaster from your kids, because if they're anything like the rest of the internet, they're going to want one of their own.
Using only PVC pipes, treated lumber and concrete, YouTube user makethesale1 has raised the bar for backyard fun by building a 12-foot-high personal roller-coaster for his family.
The U.S. man demonstrates his handiwork in a video featuring his young daughter, who rides the coaster and squeals with delight. "Here we go!" she says as he lifts her car to the top of the ramp with a broomstick. "Again daddy!"
The video, uploaded on Feb. 20 but relatively unknown until it went viral today, has drawn the ire of some parents who say it looks dangerous.
"I cringe every time the cart travels passed that tree. It's so close to the track!" wrote tav09129 in the video's comments on Youtube.
"It's all in good fun until the kid smashes into that tree. I also hope he notified his homeowner's insurance company first," writes OURGANGITV.
The resounding majority of commenters and blogs, however, are hailing the father for his creativity and solid DIY skills.
"Hands down..the best father and daughter vid on youtube!! cheers, dad!" said saithiis.
"That is absolutely amazing! You gave your daughter a gift that will last all the days of her life! Trust me she will have this memory forever and the time and effort you spent will payoff in a lifetime of love and respect!! I agree with the post from Pin Stripes: Father Of The Year!!!! Awesome job and a true labor of love!!!!" wrote djtimwright.
In a post on the blog howtobeadad.com, Charlie Capen makes a solid case for why this man should be named Dad of the Year.
"Not every dad has the gonads to pull off this kind of thing. Or the tools. But this guy is a pro for so many reasons," he wrote, going on to list the man's solid safety, education, handicraft and finance skills.
Gawker's Neetzan Zimmerman takes a different approach, pitting the video against another YouTube video that went viral this week. Evan's Lightning McQueen shows a man souping up his son's Pixar Power Wheels car into a small but powerful go-kart.
What's the coolest thing your father made for you to play with as a child? Did he assemble a swing set or trampoline, install a waterslide, or something even more creative? Let us know in the comment section below.
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