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Monday, July 7, 2014

Kansas City, Schlitterbahn and Verruckt in the news

NPR  asks:

Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

A snippet from the site:

It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. That's the experience promised by the Verr├╝ckt, the attraction called the world's tallest water slide by the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City.

The giant water slide stands at 168 feet tall, resembling a NASA launchpad as it towers over its surroundings. Instead of a rocket, the slide launches people on a large raft that organizers say will reach speeds topping 60 mph before it comes to rest after completing an initial large drop that's followed by a second rise and fall.

This next part is what was funny, however:

The Schlitterbahn Development Group recently posted video of the first humans to try the ride, with water park designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley testing their work. A "raw" version of the footage, without a musical soundtrack, includes several profanities. The company says its test camera stopped working during the test run.

And my reply?

"Oh, hell, no."

But thanks, anyway.

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