Skip to comments.The Titanic is now a children's' ride. Too soon?
Posted on 04/11/2012 9:27:35 PM PDT by Brandonmark
ALMOST 1500 passengers and crew perished when Titanic sank to her watery grave 100 years ago - now the disaster is a children's amusement.
Billed as Australias largest inflatable slide, the 10-metre high ride is a rubbery replica of the ill-fated cruise liner that sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912. Children climb the sloped, sinking keel and then slide down the ships deck into the "ocean" - complete with iceberg.
The ride was one of the amusements at the Oakbank racing carnival in South Australia over the Easter long weekend. One racegoer thought the ride was creative.
"People have been imaginative in creating a ride. Im not offended, but can see how people would be," he said. "There were plenty of kids who wanted to ride it and they wouldnt have made any connection with disaster, so they probably couldve called it something other than Titanic."
The Showmens Guild of South Australia, which organised the amusements for the Oakbank Racing Club, said the ride was popular and they had not received any complaints.
The Titanic ride isnt the only bizarre spin-off created in the wake of the disaster.
This 'Gin and Titonic' ice tray available from The Gifted Man allows you "create your own mini-Titanic disaster in the comfort of your own alcohol."
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Let’s put the little children on a cruise ship and then have it hit and ice berg and watch it sink. Will people be making light of it afterward?
So my Hindenberg balloon drop will go over like a lead zepplin?
I had a titanic board game when I was a kid. It had a spinner that told you how many spaces you could move your characters as tried to get them to the lifeboats. The boat also got a spin that determined how quickly the boat sank.
There is one of these inflatable Titanic children’s rides in San Diego — been there for years.
I used to wonder what the whole fascination with the Titanic was all about. After watching Downton Abbey, I’m starting to understand. That event ushered in an entirely new world. Guggenheim, Astor and (another guy whose name escapes me) died on that ship and had been opposed to the Federal Reserve. Their opposition died with them and the Fed was born soon after. So many things changed with that ship going down... it basically ushered in Fascism because the media used it to that effect.
What’s their next idea? A drop tower in the shape of the World Trade Center?
Makes me think of a documentary on Tarawa that I saw once. They had tape of an interview with a war correspondent who had been at the battle scene ( made circa 1975, I thought, ) and he waxed philosophical. He said that this event occurred “out of time,” and was never over. “I’m there now,” he said. I believed him.
That’s been seen in California for years — those guys make those jumpers based on what’s popular so when Cameron’s film came along, it was inevitable. Made me think twice when I first saw that slide!
The French Revolution is famous in part for the use of the guillotine to put nobles to death, and this is the macabre subject of this light card game. As executioners pandering to the masses, the players are trying to behead the least popular nobles. Each day the nobles are lined up and players take turns killing the ones at the front of the line until all the nobles are gone. However, players are given cards which will manipulate the line order right before 'harvesting,' which is what makes the game interesting. After three days worth of chopping, the highest total carries the day.
They had this same slide (although I think it was even higher) at an Air Show at the Maine Air National Guard base in Bangor, Maine in late May of 2000.
The Air National Guard base is part of Bangor International Airport, which was called Dow Field during World War II.
The Titanic slide was as high as one of the aircraft hangers.
It was a great Air Show. There were many fly bys of present day and World War II era aircraft. The Blue Angels thrilled the crowd....it was their one and only performance in northern Maine since they were formed in 1946. (They appeared a number of times at Brunswick Naval Air Station in southern Maine....Brunswick NAS has been closed).
No harm no foul. It was 100 years ago. Jesus wasn’t on it. It isn’t sacred. I love Titanic. I think they should vacuum up every object and piece of memorabilia they can find and put it in a museum. Save every bit of her they can before it’s gone forever. No one who was on board will complain.
It’s been a kid’s camp song for decades.
I recall a day, back in the day, when I was listening to Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream on the Fischer in the living room. My dad was there but I didn’t think he was paying attention.
The line came ...
I said, “You know they refused Jesus, too.”
He said, “You’re not him.”
... and my dad laughed out loud. One second of Quality Time.
Australians find gallows humour, imminent death amusing
Personnally I'd show all applicants for Australian citizenship the following cartoon and reject those who don't find it funny.
Why don’t we do it to all those warships sunk during WWI and WWII? Why don’t we just go to the nearest cemetery and harvest all the old graves for valuables?
I’ve got this really awesome idea for a roller-coaster. It involves passengers getting in plane-shaped vehicles. The last part of the ride involves plunging down into a replica of the twin towers amidst the screams of the passengers...