Monday, June 18, 2012

Thrill Ride/Kill Ride Of The Day

From io9 and Mindy.


Behold The Water Slide So Dangerous It Was Shut Down Immediately

From 1978 to 1996, the Action Park of Vernon Township, New Jersey provided thousands of teenagers with the white-knuckle thrills only inattentive employees and poorly conceived amusement park rides can deliver. The Park's dubiously safe rides were responsible for countless scrapes and bruises and at least six fatalities.

Half of these deaths were caused by drownings in the Park's wave pool. The other fatal accidents were the result of a head injury on a luge, a heart attack induced by cold water, and exposed electrical wiring on a kayak ride.

Despite the armada of lawsuits, safety citations, and injured children sent to nearby hospitals, Action Park trundled on for almost two decades, enticing patrons with sun, fun, and brushes with the Grim Reaper.

There was however one ride that was too extreme even for Action Park. This water slide flipped the bird at physics so rudely that it was open for a single summer and then abandoned like a drainage pipe along the River Styx. 

We are referring to the infamous, gravity-defying Cannonball Loop.

Due to its special status as one of the most monumentally bad ideas in theme park history, the Loop has an aura of mystery surrounding it. According to the most common reports circulating around the internet, the Loop was open for one month during the summer of 1985 before being shut down by the New Jersey Carnival Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board.

Only a few brave souls rode the Loop, most of them park employees who were bribed into testing it. According to one rumor, test dummies subjected to the Cannonball Loop came out missing limbs.

Can you stop the ride for a sec? I think I dropped something.

Story continues here.

7 comments:

  1. Oh my word! Is that for real, or is this one of those stories like in the Onion? I can't imagine anyone actually going down that thing. I laughed at the idea of the creator being someone from Wile. E Coyote's Acme Industries.

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  2. Christ on a bike! What sort of sadistic person would design a ride like that? It looks like a ticket to a terrifying claustrophobic death via broken neck followed by drowning after being stuck in that tube.

    I'm surprised they could even bribe a test dummy to go down that thing, let alone a living human being.

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  3. I can't get a good read on how big that thing is. It doesn't look like a human being would fit in there. Clearly they have some good drugs in Switzerland.

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  4. I went to that park once when I was in high school. The orchestra had performed somewhere and we were treated with a stop at this hole on the way home. Being a coward at heart, I played in the wave pool for about 45 minutes and spent the rest of the time waiting on the bus.
    Small-time amusement owners are really optimistic in Jersey. I remember this "zoo" with nothing but a pit of rattle snakes...

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  5. The best part is that you're going warp speed and it doesn't even empty into a pool! It was like a plastic tarp with some water sprayed on it! Spleen? Pppfft.. you don't need that anyway.

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  6. This scares the crap outta me!

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  7. I've heard of this park and this slide before, and how dangerous it supposedly was. No way in hell I'd risk getting my big ass stuck in that loop. I don't know what would be worse, breaking my neck or dying of a panic attack after getting wedged in there!

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