The passenger car rolls straight out onto that cut-off section of track and teeters there until your butthole swallows your pants, before finally swiveling a full 90 degrees. And before you accuse those reckless Taiwanese of playing fast and loose with human life, you should know it may have been inspired by existing American technology.
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That's the X-Scream, located at the Stratosphere, nearly 900 feet above Las Vegas. But while the X-Scream tips over the edge, hangs there for a moment, and pulls back, the Gravity Max doesn't like to cocktease. Not only does it tip to a full right angle -- car pointing straight down -- but that's just the opening act for the drop itself.
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This is the most reckless use of Hogwarts staircase technology ever.
The Entirely Homemade Italian Amusement Park/Sausage Stand
Where: Ai Pioppi, Battaglia, Italy
An Italian man simply known as 'Bruno' had two passions: Sausage, and amusement parks. By all accounts he makes a damn fine specimen of the former. We cannot attest to the latter.
Sadly, both involve bloodied intestines.
His entirely handmade and unregulated amusement park/restaurant, Ai Pioppi, has rides like this:
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This really all just serves to highlight the cultural differences between America and Europe. Here in the United States, Disney World has to let an entire water park go to rot over such paltry safety concerns as brain-eating amoeba. In Italy, the sausage guy can slap together an ad-hoc Thunderdome and the only concern is whether or not the rusty murder-coaster has enough wine-holders.
Jeremy Herbert is a Sagittarius, attempted filmmaker and fan of loud shirts. He writes about movies with the regularity of a national holiday at Who Spilled My Popcorn?. He tweets @DDayFilms slightly more often.
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