Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird’s Eye Pyramid View (Jun, 1931)

I’m sure this is just as the pharaohs intended.

Mammoth Flying Swing to Give Bird’s Eye Pyramid View
Mammoth flying swings erected atop the pyramids, when Egyptian government’s consent is obtained, is amazing project planned by engineers to give tourists a thrilling bird’s eye view of the huge desert structures.

40 comments
  1. William Deering says: January 7, 20102:37 pm

    Art Williamson, where ever you are now, this was “sick art”.

  2. Pwilliam56 says: January 7, 20103:56 pm

    Without a doubt, the dumbest idea I have seen in years…

  3. rick says: January 7, 20104:01 pm

    Brilliant! Maybe they could be franchised out for other monuments, also. How about one on the Eifel Tower?

    Rick

  4. Tim says: January 7, 20107:48 pm

    I really like the idea of being swung out hundreds of feet in a large, heavy car attached to a 4500 year old structure.

  5. addie says: January 7, 20108:19 pm

    Tim–You put that perfectly!!

    And why on earth were they expecting that the Egytian government would consent to such an idiotic thing?
    God, I love this site!

    addie B)

  6. Rick Auricchio says: January 8, 201012:18 am

    Where were they going to get power for the electric motor?

  7. Firebrand38 says: January 8, 201012:20 am

    Rick Auricchio: I’m sure they were going to figure that out once they got their approval from the Egyptian government.

  8. Repack Rider says: January 8, 20101:39 am

    It worked everywhere else they tried it.

  9. StanFlouride says: January 8, 20102:06 am

    I just sent a link to this article to Dr Zahi Hawass- maybe it’s not too late to get this built!

    Everyone cross whatever part of your anatomy you prefer for luck.

  10. mike says: January 8, 20107:23 am

    I always liked the birds eye view.

  11. Myles says: January 8, 20101:13 pm

    I dunno, I think it classes up the place. They could get power from the escalater they would need to install for the tourists to get up to the cars.

  12. Paul says: January 8, 20101:21 pm

    Great idea. Next, we’ll build a rollercoaster along the Great Wall of China.

  13. jayessell says: January 8, 20102:18 pm

    Rick…
    Actually, the Eiffel Tower seems a good candidate for this project.

    There was a fancy dinner where the table and guests were lifted by a crane.

  14. rick says: January 8, 20102:48 pm

    hi jayessell “There was a fancy dinner where the table and guests were lifted by a crane.” I hope they were pretty well liquored up before they started to lift them up to the top. ;-)

    Rick

  15. Neil Russell says: January 8, 201011:08 pm

    It may not be too late for this idea, it could be just the thing to jazz up the Luxor in Vegas

  16. hans says: January 9, 20109:51 am

    I’d go for a Ferris wheel instead, could go higher and look just as swell.

  17. hwertz says: January 9, 20103:23 pm

    “Where were they going to get power for the electric motor?”
    Pyramid power? *Ba dum dum*. Thank you I’m here all night.

    But seriously, what a wacky idea. You can swing around and get a great view of the pyramid, while the very machine you are on destroys it’s appearance.

  18. Myles says: January 9, 20105:45 pm

    After reading this site for over a year I will agree that this is the worst idea I’ve seen here, even worse than dragging a homemade “submarine” (coffin) with a person in it behind a power boat with a rope, or using an open propeller to drive an ice raft. Great website!

  19. Rick Auricchio says: January 10, 20102:42 pm

    Now that I think of it, the Aswan Dam provides hydroelectric power. One problem solved.

  20. Firebrand38 says: January 10, 20106:45 pm

    Rick Auricchio: Yeah, but power generation didn’t start until 1967. Maybe there’s a big crank in the back so you can wind up a spring in the pyramid. That way it can also play music while it’s working!

  21. William Deering says: January 11, 20109:36 am

    Sick. The proposal is another phase that robs respect from a plundered tomb.

  22. addie says: January 11, 201012:07 pm

    William Deering–
    That needed to me articulated, but of course, if there was any real threat this thing could come to fruition, it would not be as funny to everyone around here because it would destroy the pyramid.
    I still find the picture and idea that anyone took this seriously for even a minute, hysterical.

    adds

  23. Firebrand38 says: January 11, 201012:36 pm

    @William: You’re sending sentiments to a dead artist and overusing the word sick for an idea from 1931. Relax it was never built.

    @Rick: Actually it’s becoming a very popular activity http://www.dinnerinthes…

  24. jayessell says: January 11, 20106:44 pm

    FB38:
    Thanks for the “Dinner in the Sky” link.
    I didn’t know it was a franchise!
    Guests are tied down like jet pilots.
    Also available for weddings.
    (Don’t drop the rings!)

  25. William Deering says: January 12, 20108:17 am

    Addie, Firebrand & all, you’re right on point. Many funerals of today are a celebration of life by prior request of the departed. Guess Art Williamson just bridged the gap for a departed pharaoh prior to Monty Python and Steve Martin’s King Tut. After all some were buried with their households and means for transportation for an eternal good time trip. Let’s Party!

  26. Myno says: January 15, 201011:29 pm

    Don’t they have one of these in Vegas?

  27. Firebrand38 says: January 16, 20101:13 am

    Myno: No

  28. addie says: January 16, 201010:44 am

    A several thousand year old gravesite with some idiot’s murderous, destructive, whirligig on top of it, in Vegas?

    Myno–Is there some ride there or casino decoration that actually looks like this dopey thing out there? lol

  29. Firebrand38 says: January 16, 20101:18 pm

    addie: Switch to decaf!

  30. addie says: January 16, 20104:07 pm

    Firebrand–jump off of a cliff

  31. Firebrand38 says: January 16, 20104:58 pm

    addie: Oh, is that a ride in Las Vegas?????

  32. addie says: January 16, 20105:25 pm

    Firebrand, you, so often have something to say that shows your lack of humour, your arrogance and your clear lack of brains.
    A display that, as an adult, makes you very common and very boring. Or are you a child?
    I am unsubscribing to this discussion because like with others, you have felt compelled to add your negativity,
    Bee-otch.

    addie B)

  33. Firebrand38 says: January 16, 20106:14 pm

    addie: What discussion? You’re like some senior citizen sitting yelling at the TV (which is actually the microwave). For crying out loud it was a stupid idea from 1931.

    Come on, you feel alright saying “some idiot’s murderous, destructive, whirligig on top of it” but I imply that you need to calm down and I’m a Bee-otch? That indicates someone willing to dish it out but can’t take it. How typical for someone who describes themselves as a “curmudgeon”. You think it’s so cute when you do it.

    As far as you taking your leave, Oh please don’t throw me in that briar patch!

    Now I’m gonna go cry after your calling me names……

  34. zee says: May 19, 20108:20 pm

    Pardon my confusion, but aren’t the comments here supposed to address the theme-park-ride-on-the-pyramid idea rather than provide a forum for childish name calling?

  35. Firebrand38 says: May 19, 20108:26 pm

    No reason they can’t do both.

  36. Chutesey says: June 2, 20107:26 pm

    This could probably work with the pyramid in Las Vegas. It would actually make sense there, although they don’t seem to adhere to the laws of physics. Egypt? No…

  37. Firebrand38 says: June 2, 20108:33 pm

    Chutesey: You mean like comment #15?

  38. Solospirit says: July 31, 20109:07 am

    Did anyone else notice the mooring lines in the third picture?.How the heck did they think they could tie those? :)

  39. darren says: October 24, 201011:10 pm

    Too bad if you got a window facing away from the pyrmid, all you would see is sky.

  40. Davo says: August 18, 201111:31 am

    Has anyone else noticed the pyramid in the pictures appears to be a little on the small side? If you scale the pyramid against the size of the cars, then the pyramid appears to be about a fifth of its true size!!

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