The Race to Build the Biggest Ferris Wheel on Earth

For more than 100 years, every Ferris wheel on the planet was roughly the same size and height as the 1893 original. But in 2000, something changed: London debuted the London Eye, an enormous juggernaut of a tourist trap. Its success sparked a global race to build higher and faster wheels in the sky—and it's only… » 9/04/13 4:20pm 9/04/13 4:20pm

Where the Future Came From: A Trip Through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

What would you do if you had a time machine? Go watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids being built? Hang out with Jesus and turn some water into wine? Kill Hitler, maybe? These are all, no doubt, noble endeavors. But I've often said—and I stand by this—that if I had a time machine, I'd go visit the 1893 World's Fair in… » 7/12/13 12:34pm 7/12/13 12:34pm

The Life and Explosive Death of the World's First Ferris Wheel

1893 marked the 400 year anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World. To commemorate the anniversary, the 51st US Congress of 1890 declared that a great fair—the World's Columbian Exposition—would be held on April 9th of 1893 in Chicago and Daniel H. Burnham, father of the skyscraper, would oversee its… » 2/28/13 11:30am 2/28/13 11:30am

Santa Monica's 160,000 LED Ferris Wheel Powered By The Sun

Santa Monica has delivered a bright and shiny upgrade to its Pacific Ferris Wheel, dismantling the old one to make way for a new behemoth that boasts 160,000 LED lights. The 90-foot ride, manufactured by Chance Morgan Rides, delivers visual performances every night and cost the city $1.5 million. Thanks to solar… » 6/07/08 8:00pm 6/07/08 8:00pm

China Begins Construction on World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

Jaws were dropping all around when our own Adam Frucci brought back video of his harrowing 377-foot-high ride in a glass-bottomed car on the Odaiba Ferris Wheel in Tokyo, but now the Chinese are going to top that wheel with the tallest one in the world. Today, construction began on the Great Wheel of China, a $99… » 11/05/07 10:50am 11/05/07 10:50am

USB Ferris Wheel Phone Stand Instead of a Ringtone?

Before you click the Play button above, we'd like to apologize for the obnoxious noise this USB Ferris Wheel Phone Stand makes. Turn your sound down, trust us. Place your cellphone in the slot next to this USB- or battery-powered mini-Ferris wheel, and whenever a phone call comes in, it automagically springs into… » 10/31/07 10:40am 10/31/07 10:40am

First Look: Lego Creator Monster Dino and Ferris Wheel

LEGO introduced its latest entries in the Creator series at Toy Fair. These use the same pieces and some of the sensors, gears and motors from the Mindstorms set, but don't require an engineering degree to put together or any software skill to operate. Details on the crane, crocodile, and a photo gallery after the… » 2/12/07 9:00am 2/12/07 9:00am