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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?
NPR ^ | July 07, 2014 | Bill Chappell

Posted on 07/07/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway

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 Verrückt, 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.

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.

The slide was scheduled to be open for business at the start of this summer. But as the tech site io9 notes, there were problems:

"Also, remember a few months back when we reported the rumor that sandbags were being launched off the ride, and then everyone freaked out because the park claimed that wasn't true. Well guess what? It was true. In earlier models of the ride sandbags were launched into the air. And on the actual ride itself, early tests showed the entire freaking raft lift off into the air."

We reported on a decidedly less heart-pounding water slide in May, as the city of Bristol, England, made way for a long water slide that let people take a leisurely trip down a central street.


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1 posted on 07/07/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh HELL YEAH!!!!!!!


2 posted on 07/07/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: nickcarraway

Human beings are NUTS!


3 posted on 07/07/2014 11:16:01 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone

It should have been made out of a clear substance... lol


4 posted on 07/07/2014 11:16:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Not me. I remember sitting at the top of a similar ride at Six Flags over Texas thinking, “What on earth am I doing here?” Then I rode it again! The second time, I swore of that stuff forever.


5 posted on 07/07/2014 11:18:03 AM PDT by Sparklite
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To: nickcarraway
Even the video doesn't give you enough feel for the insanity of trying this:


6 posted on 07/07/2014 11:18:27 AM PDT by alancarp
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To: ScottinVA

I love water slides. However anything traveling down a 168 ft structure then goes over some bump is a sure fire lawsuit waiting to happen.

Now if it was a lie on your back, hold your junk and pray water slide, the steeper the drop before connecting with the slide the better.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 11:18:29 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think Verrückt translates into ‘batsh*t crazy’ in German or something like that. You can see the thing from the interstate as you drive by. No way I’m ever getting on it.


8 posted on 07/07/2014 11:20:33 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: nickcarraway

Who wears boots on a water slide?


9 posted on 07/07/2014 11:21:20 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: alancarp

That climb up the tower should suffice to frighten away those who shouldn’t ride the thing ...


10 posted on 07/07/2014 11:21:58 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: nickcarraway

The building of this water slide was carried on the Travel Channel program of Extreme Waterparks. It was the season premier a week ago yesterday.


11 posted on 07/07/2014 11:22:46 AM PDT by Eric Roelfsema
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To: nickcarraway

In related news, I noticed that Action Park in New Jersey is open again ...


12 posted on 07/07/2014 11:23:01 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: GeronL

Clear substance plus another 10 degrees to the vertical.


13 posted on 07/07/2014 11:23:19 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: ScottinVA

Yea, oh hell no... They screwed up the math big time... 60 MPH with nothing restraining the boat or the people to the slide with a ramp, UH hell no... Whoever designed this screwed up big time... no wonder it got its opening delayed....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8J1HYqGF94


14 posted on 07/07/2014 11:24:40 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

And delayed once again... shocking for safety... they screwed the pooch on basic engineering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv3qZulRajA


15 posted on 07/07/2014 11:29:17 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

the youtube clip only verified what I instinctly knew from the photo.


16 posted on 07/07/2014 11:33:04 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: HamiltonJay

hmmm ... when I’m ready to check out ... I think I’ll check THIS out .... what a heart attack !


17 posted on 07/07/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: alancarp

That takes my breath away just looking at that first steep drop. I can feel the cold misty winds wooshing by as I sink down. YES! Yes! I want to ride it. I just don’t want to stand in line for over 90 minutes in the hot sun waiting my turn.


18 posted on 07/07/2014 11:37:49 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: HamiltonJay

19 posted on 07/07/2014 11:38:00 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DoodleDawg
I think Verrückt translates into ‘batsh*t crazy’ in German or something like that.

Close. Verrückt means 'insane'.

20 posted on 07/07/2014 11:46:05 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Can anyone tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?)
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To: nickcarraway

Will I ride it?

All freakin day...


21 posted on 07/07/2014 11:47:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

I answered just based on the description. ..then...I saw the video.

OH....HELL....YEAHHHHHH!!!!!


22 posted on 07/07/2014 11:50:35 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Hoffer Rand

What? Fer sure he doesn’t wear a hat anymore...LOL


23 posted on 07/07/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: knarf

Exactly, they ignored fundamental physics in the design.. can’t imagine how the hell they got to having a full scale before they got bit. Thankfully they caught it before some poor group of college kids or something overloaded a boat.

This whole thing is just a flat out stupid idea.


24 posted on 07/07/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Twotone
Human beings are NUTS!

Nothing to worry about, we're not sandbags....... :)

25 posted on 07/07/2014 11:54:13 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: HamiltonJay

How many people will have coronaries from climbing up 15 flights of stairs in the heat..NO elevators?


26 posted on 07/07/2014 11:56:40 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: tanknetter

Are you kidding me??? Action Park Lives! I can’t believe it... I mean in 2014, in order to get insurance they must have destroyed half of the attractions. Rite of passage for kids was leaving Action Park scraped up, bleeding, or otherwise maimed. This is BREAKING NEWS as far as I am concerned.


27 posted on 07/07/2014 11:58:01 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: HamiltonJay
From that video: "We're gonna have to redesign the entire slide..."

LOL, ya think?

28 posted on 07/07/2014 11:58:50 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: ken5050
Yeah ... I thought about THAT too.

I'd love to ride it .... once .... but I don't think I'd make it to the top

29 posted on 07/07/2014 12:00:40 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: ScottinVA

Never in a million years.

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30 posted on 07/07/2014 12:02:11 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Vendome

They need one in Gilroy.


31 posted on 07/07/2014 12:02:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, somethin besides a park of pretty trees....

Freakin awesome.

I rode the drop and the sling at Great America 4x a couple weeks ago and have a season pass.

I’m going again tomorrow or Wednesday.

“I feel the need. The need for speed!!!”


32 posted on 07/07/2014 12:05:37 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

Yeah, I noticed that, too. I was thinking I hope it wasn’t his favorite, lucky hat, because it was a goner.


33 posted on 07/07/2014 12:08:08 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: nickcarraway
I wonder if this was designed by the same guys who did Cannonball Loop at Action Park?


34 posted on 07/07/2014 12:08:36 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Twotone

You’d have to be to do something like this. And I like water rides.


35 posted on 07/07/2014 12:12:06 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: samiam1972
You need to take your kids on this!
36 posted on 07/07/2014 12:18:52 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Yossarian
Nobody designed the Cannonball Loop.

It was just built in response to a drunken bet.




< /sarc>

37 posted on 07/07/2014 12:21:38 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: nickcarraway

Keep the rodents amused...Give them rodent tubes to slide on...

38 posted on 07/07/2014 12:25:42 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: HamiltonJay

Attention Walmart Shoppers, they did not screw the pooch. You are watching a viral marketing campaign. For those of you who spell “physics” with an “f,” the calculations are not difficult for this ride, and the opening date was always the same. All videos of potential catastrophe are deliberate test-to-fail studies for insurance purposes. If you still are not sure, if you still are worried, then the marketing scheme worked, because after you survive you will go at least once more, brag of your survival, and in that way bring in many more customers who will want to see if they survive too.


39 posted on 07/07/2014 12:55:31 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

Anybody over 40 will only be able to do that slide once.

Look at all of those steps to get to the top!


40 posted on 07/07/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT by adorno (Y)
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To: Talisker
If you still are not sure, if you still are worried, then the marketing scheme worked, because after you survive you will go at least once more,

There is a minor flaw in that advertising philosophy, since I'm in the first category, there is no way I'm ever getting on that thing........" Epic FAIL!"

41 posted on 07/07/2014 1:02:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Hot Tabasco

LOL, it will draw you irresistably... first one person will survive, then a dozen, then hundreds, then thousands, and then suddenly you’ll find yourself on top of it screaming “Banzai!”


42 posted on 07/07/2014 1:07:25 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Yes, yes, that’s it, they announced a live date, then tore the ride down to rebuild it differently and missed that date, and two more since, all because of viral marketing..... that’s it.

Sorry but that’s nonsense, you don’t construct the ride on site completely and then tear it down and spend another month rebuilding it as part of a marketing campaign, to only have to miss the new date again.

They screwed the math, pure and simple. The entire concept is ill conceived, even the retrofitting they did to “fix” it is pretty well slap dash “engineering” as well.

Simply put, 60 MPH in a vehicle that is not connected to anything other than by gravity, filled with people who are not connected to the car by anything but gravity, sent toward a ramp clearly angled way to steep to do anything but result in flight when more than a certain load was put in the thing isn’t viral marketing, its bad math.

Don’t believe me, go watch the ride where they did it with the designer and engineer, if you watch that ride closely you’ll see they barely make it to the top of the hill, they didn’t do their math right, pure and simple. If you think engineers don’t screw up simple math, you have a lot of history of system failures to catch up on.


43 posted on 07/07/2014 1:22:33 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Talisker
first one person will survive, die then a dozen, then hundreds, then thousands, and then suddenly you’ll find yourself on top of it the last person in the park screaming “Banzai!” Run away, run away!!!!!!
44 posted on 07/07/2014 1:34:57 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: HamiltonJay
If you think engineers don’t screw up simple math, you have a lot of history of system failures to catch up on.

And if you think investors will put up millions and insurance companies will even talk to people who plan on risking public lawsuits without rock-solid engineering, you live on another planet.

At most, the risk was too great to leave to math alone, so they built an adjustable setup for final testing to both make absolutely sure the had it safe, and to see if their math applied perfectly it required real-world adjustments.

At most. But my bet is that their tests proved their math perfectly.

45 posted on 07/07/2014 3:03:04 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: HamiltonJay
Don’t believe me, go watch the ride where they did it with the designer and engineer, if you watch that ride closely you’ll see they barely make it to the top of the hill, they didn’t do their math right, pure and simple.

LOL, "barely making it to the top of the hill" is doing the math RIGHT! That's HOW you minimize the negative g- forces and keep it on the track. Go fast, and you fly off the hill!

46 posted on 07/07/2014 3:06:45 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: wagglebee

Oh, H*ll NO!! I’ve been following all the miscalculations and watching sandbags go flying off that second hill. That will NEVER happen. I don’t care if they make it the safest slide on earth. I’m not going anywhere near that thing.


47 posted on 07/07/2014 4:49:12 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: Talisker
And if you think investors will put up millions and insurance companies will even talk to people who plan on risking public lawsuits without rock-solid engineering, you live on another planet.

I refer you to Action Traction Park

48 posted on 07/07/2014 8:42:59 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Hot Tabasco
suddenly you’ll find yourself on top of it the last person in the park screaming “Banzai!” Run away, run away!!!!!!

Kind of reminds me of when my two sons would get tired of the zoo - they would sprint out the front screaming, "Run! Run! The tigers got out!" :)

49 posted on 07/07/2014 8:50:24 PM PDT by eldoradude (How many republicrats/demoblicans does it take to change a light bulb?)
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To: Yossarian

There are many examples of idiocy. This isn’t one of them. It’s too public, and the physics is simply too easy. Plus anyone having serious problems isn’t going to keep posting YouTube videos about how much they’ve screwed up. There’s a lot of money in this thing, and it’s being done in the open. IMO, what you see is what they want you to see.


50 posted on 07/07/2014 9:22:43 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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