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June 7th, 2012

One roller coaster I have no desire to ride

In 2010, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London came up with a scale model of what he called a “euthenasia coaster,” described thusly:

Urbonas, who has worked at an amusement park, stated that the goal of his concept roller coaster is to take lives “with elegance and euphoria”.

The Euthanasia Coaster would kill its passengers through prolonged cerebral hypoxia, or insufficient supply of oxygen to the brain. The ride’s seven inversions would inflict 10 g on its passengers for 60 seconds – causing g-force related symptoms starting with gray out through tunnel vision to black out and eventually g-LOC (g-force induced loss of consciousness). Depending on the tolerance of an individual passenger to g-forces, the first or second inversion would cause cerebral anoxia, rendering the passengers brain dead. Subsequent inversions would serve as insurance against unintentional survival of particularly robust passengers.

Sounds pretty intense. And, if you’re looking for an early demise, a pretty memorable (um… sorta) way to go.

I mean, look at that thing!

(via WFMU)

Posted in Just Plain Odd

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