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You can now go hurtling down a glass slide 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles

For all the daredevils out there, there's a new thrill perched 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles: A 45-foot-long glass slide that propels you down from the 70th to the 69th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower.

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The Skyslide opened on Saturday, and offers unparalleled views of the entire city. It's not for the faint of heart — the only things separating sliders from plummeting down to the concrete jungle below are pieces of glass just one-and one-quarter inch thick.

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The entire trip lasts a few seconds (tickets start at $27, and include admission to four observation decks), and is actually pretty simple; you sit on a piece of carpet and then go zipping down the slide. In a way, it's kind of like starring in a live action version of Aladdin — you're flying high in the sky on a magic carpet, except this one doesn't have cute tassels, and only someone as diabolical as Jafar would think it's a good idea to go sliding down a piece of glass atop the tallest skyscraper in earthquake country. Be prepared to use all three of your wishes on making it out of Skyslide with your nerves intact. Catherine Garcia

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