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Gingersnap
05-17-2011, 11:45 AM
A Rollercoaster Designed to Kill Humanely
20 Apr 2011

It’s a ride definitely not for the faint-hearted—a PhD candidate in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art has designed a hypothetical rollercoaster meant to kill.

Julijonas Urbonas created his coaster as a hypothetical euthanasia machine; it will, he claims, take lives as humanely and euphorically as possible.

“Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness and, eventually, death,” he wrote on his website.

The 500-meter structure is designed to kill its rider from cerebral hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen supply to the brain.

Urbonas said he was inspired to create the rollercoaster by a quote from John Allen, former president of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company: “The ultimate rollercoaster is built when you send out 24 people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”

Hypothetical pics at the link.

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Zafod
05-17-2011, 11:58 AM
umm.........heh......hmmmm.....

megimoo
05-17-2011, 02:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSnLU9nyFSA

linda22003
05-17-2011, 02:40 PM
I think they already have that at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.

noonwitch
05-17-2011, 04:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSnLU9nyFSA




Now I know what inspired the Cirque du Soliel!

JB
05-17-2011, 07:49 PM
"Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness and, eventually, death,” he wrote on his website. He conveniently left out the puking part.

djones520
05-17-2011, 07:53 PM
I'm gonna pass on that. I've had one roller coaster make me black out before. I retained conciousness, but all I could see was black. That was freaky.

Rockntractor
05-17-2011, 08:16 PM
Wilbur, you want to go to the amusement park.:)

PoliCon
05-17-2011, 08:35 PM
I think they already have that at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.

:D;):cool:

PoliCon
05-17-2011, 08:38 PM
Hypothetical pics at the link.

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meh. I'd ride it

Gingersnap
05-17-2011, 08:53 PM
meh. I'd ride it

Of course you would.