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Amusing Monday: Having fun sliding down a slippery slope

Over the past few years, hundreds of videos have been made of people gleefully slipping, sliding and sometimes crashing while gliding on homemade apparatus they call slip ‘n slides.

“Slip ’N Slide” is actually a name registered to the Wham-O company for a sliding surface originally invented by upholstery maker Robert Carrier. The toy first went on the market in 1961, according to a news release sent out by Wham-O on the 50th anniversary of the Slip ‘N Slide.

In 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning that said the slides were designed for children and should only be used by children, as supported by the instructions that came with the backyard toy.

“Use by adults and teens has the potential to result in neck injury and paralysis,” the agency said in a statement. “Because of their weight and height, adults and teenagers who dive onto the water slide may hit and abruptly stop in such a way that could cause permanent spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia.”

Forget about all that. Many of the videos on YouTube show teens and adults doing things that look plenty dangerous. I’ve selected videos that depict larger slides, including one giant one that was specifically designed for fun and safety. Others were built quickly, some intended for one day of use. In the videos I’ve selected, nobody gets seriously hurt.

The first video shows a goofy group of guys called Dude Perfect participating in a contest that combines a Nurf gun and a slip ‘n slide. I featured the dudes in a blog post in July when the guys were demonstrating the different kinds of people that go to the beach.

Slip ‘N Fly, featured in the second video, is a slide at an adventure camp called Ohio Dreams near Butler, Ohio. Each August, the camp opens to the public for a weekend of fun, and bodies go flying.

Brice Milleson does a nice job of producing videos of each summer’s events at Ohio Dreams. I’ve posted the video from 2014 in the second video player. You might be interested in similar events this past August and from the summer of 2016.

The last video captures the fun and games at an outdoor party where a homemade slide was the centerpiece of the action. A similar party video is called “Slip n’ slide with babes n’ boards.”

Amusing Monday: Hey, did you see that strange dude at the beach?

Dude Perfect, a goofy group of friends who became known for their mouth-dropping trick shots and crazy stunts, has just released a video highlighting the quirkiness of people you might see hanging out at the beach.

The new video, first on this page, is part of the Dude Perfect “Stereotypes” series, which the guys started in 2013 by noting that players in basketball pickup games fall into certain obnoxious categories. Check on the second video on this page for the basketball stereotypes video.

I didn’t know that there were so many different kinds of fishermen until I watched the Dude Perfect “Fishing Stereotypes,” the third video on this page. As I watched the dudes act out a variety of characters, I realized that, Oh, yes, I have seen that guy!

I have to say that all of the stereotype videos are pretty good, because annoying people are everywhere. If you can’t laugh at them, what are you going to do?

As for the trick-shot videos, if you haven’t seen them, I recommend:

Dude Perfect got its start while the friends were betting each other sandwiches on who could make the best basketball trick shots, which became the subject of the first video, according to an entry in Wikipedia, which claims that Dude Perfect has broken several Guinness World Records and now has more than 3.2 billion views on all its videos. The article says Dude Perfect has 20 million subscribers, making it the 18th most subscribed channel on YouTube and the most subscribed sports-related channel.