10 Most Dangerously Theme Park Rides of All Time

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Misc, Places and Nature

The very idea behind theme park rides is to scare people. They attract the thrill-seeking, the naive and the stupid in their millions every year. Remember when you were a kid and you always wondered if the rides really were that dangerous? Well, turns out some of them were.

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Neurotics beware: here lie enough horror stories to put you off your local amusement park for good, permanently rendering you one of those jittery guys who watch their friends plummeting through loop-the-loops while they eat corn dogs from the safety of a bench. Yes, we bring you the 10 most dangerous – and ill-conceived – amusement park rides of all time.

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10. Cannonball Loop Slide

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As this list shows, New Jersey’s Action Park is pretty much the Mecca of bafflingly stupid ride concepts, so it was no surprise – sometime in the ’80s – that some genius at the park’s headquarters decided it would be a smart idea to invent a fully enclosed water slide that incorporated a complete loop-the-loop at the end. The ride was the only one of its kind, and proved so unstable that it was only tested a handful of times, reputedly following the apparent decapitation of a test dummy and, according to some reports, injuries suffered by employees who took the kamikaze plunge on trial runs.

9. Alpine Slide

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Alpine slides were seemingly only conceived in order to make use of steep slopes and save tightfisted theme parks some dollars. The concept is very simple: build a breakneck, winding concrete trackway with shallow edges down a huge freakin’ hill and let the general public fly down it on a ludicrously temperamental cart with a mostly useless handbrake. Aside from obvious risks such as grazing one’s body practically to the bone upon bailing, actual deaths aren’t unheard of, with one unfortunate individual at a certain East Coast theme park hitting his head fatally against a rock when his cart derailed. Read more

Wrestling a 20-foot Anaconda under Water

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Lifestyle, Odd World

Ross and his son Tom wrestle a 20-foot anaconda under water. Can you believe this? It would be rather unbelievable event that someone would willingly put his son in the dangerous hug of anaconda in the pool of water. But this video proves otherwise.

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Unbelievable stunt of wrestling such massive snake is done by highly trained professionals. Obviously Ross has managed to teach Tom a lot about these magnificent wild creatures, get him to respected them for the dangerous predators they are, but at the same time, didn’t put any fear into the heart of his daredevil son. This young guy manege to effectively handle the snake. This is a really stunning video. Check out the screen caps and the video itself. The video features underwater photography and was produced by Guided Tours and sponsored by Silver Springs.

Note: Scroll down, below the screen caps, for the unbelievable, rarely seen 20-foot anaconda wrestling video.

Screen Captures from Wrestling a 20-foot Anaconda under Water at Ross Allen Reptile Institute

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