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August 25, 2021


World's Fastest Rollercoaster Is Shut Down For Breaking Bones In Japan

(Thanks to Rod Nunley)


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Sticks & stones & rollercoasters can break your bones, but then again, so can hooky-bobbing on a skateboard.

Disneyworld would charge extra for that.


I'm with MOTW.

(The only roller coaster I ever really liked was the Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. They tore it down. Fiddlesticks.)

In 1990, the "Texas Giant" opened at Six Flags as the world's tallest all-wooden roller coaster. And it was pretty rough. They tried some things to smooth it out over the years, but it didn't help much. Ridership went down, and they finally rebuilt it in '09 as a mixed wood-and-steel structure that was much less bone-rattling.

I remember the original. Indeed it was a rough ride. But fun as hell, too. When it was over, you not only were exhilarated, but felt like some sort of survivor.

@Klez, if you're ever in the vicinity of San Antonio, the Six Flags there ("Fiesta Texas") has one called Poltergeist that I enjoyed.

@Ralph - I never got on Texas Giant on the advice of Mr. MOTW, who needed to see a chiropractor after riding it. I did like Judge Roy Bean.

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