After a week off Dan and Steve are rested and ready for excitement. The topic this week, July 11 – 17, is roller coasters.
Did you know that the beginning of the age of the “thrill ride” began with Catherine the Great? In fact, in Spanish and French, roller coasters are referred to as Russian Mountains. These slides were wooden frames covered in snow and ice. The evolution of the coaster takes us from these snowy hills past mine trains with switchbacks to wooden structures with rises and falls to tubular steel structures that try to leave your stomach a few hundred feet away from the rest of your body. There are even “coasters” that are actually just pods that are hydraulically powered to give the impression and sensation of actually riding a coaster without the danger.
The guys talk about the coasters that they’ve ridden and give impressions of them. Some of them hurt, some jabbed in places that they shouldn’t and one changed Dan’s perspective on thrill rides. Was it a positive or a negative change? Coney Island, Disney World, Six Flags over Georgia all the way to Disneyland and Steve has only ridden two coasters.
Last Weeks Trivia Question:
Q: What are the first copies of the Declaration of Independence known as?
A: Dunlap broadsides
This Week’s Trivia Question:
Q: In the early 80s there was a children’s television show featuring Gary Gnu “no gnews is good gnews”. What was the name of this show?
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