Terrifying thrill-ride


65 Responses to “Terrifying thrill-ride”

  1. John Neumann says:

    There are similar rides in the US.  . . . I won’t get on them but its fun to watch for falling change from peoples pockets and the crash of cellphones. 

  2. Harrharlhalahgahpbpbbphhbpbpbbjlltltbtbbtttttt…. >ppppttt<

  3. Jeffrey Duckworth says:

    Looks like a giant robot trying to shake the bits of schtuff from a giant keyboard.

  4. IRMO says:

    Wait, what, I don’t even…

    That’s not how they’re supposed to run, is it? 

    The rides I’ve seen in the US have the two arms stay aligned the whole time, and the people get spun in 2 epicycles. 

    • The ones made in the US are made by HUSS, and you’re right, the arms move together. But there are some foreign companies that make the ride where you can control the arms independently.

      I’ve only ridden the normal Top Spin rides, and those are terrifying. I couldn’t even imagine being on that crazy Russian thing.

  5. GawainLavers says:

    In Soviet Russia, amusement parks ride you!

    It should do a little twist at the end, just to shake the excess urine and vomit off.

  6. LinkMan says:

    Ever since we canceled the Shuttle program Russia has been going into overdrive training Cosmonauts to take over the ISS.

  7. I’m not so sure this isn’t exactly how the Harry Potter ride at Universal/Orlando works — it sure felt that way while I was in it!

  8. Donald Petersen says:

    That was ralphtastic as it was, but I was dismayed at how deliberate and surprisingly slow its motions were.  Like it was perfectly capable of being operated much, much faster.

  9. Mister44 says:

    Somewhere there is an engineer giggling at his revenge for all those wedgies.

  10. beerwhisperer says:

    Next up on “When amusment rides go wrong”

  11. Mike Guerrero says:

    FYI, that sweet fake-Journey track? According to Soundhound, it’s ‘Trava u doma’ by Zemliane. Also, I love how the spinning carriage mutes the screams, so you hear AHHHHHH…….AHHHHHH………AHHH!

  12. BBNinja says:

    In Soviet Russia…there are no gay people. “There are homosexuals but they are not allowed to be gay about it. The punishment is seven years locked in prison with other men and there is a three-year waiting list for that.” -Yakov Smirnoff
    (you thought it was going to be a X does Y joke right?! Nope. Not even close.)

  13. Calum Halpin says:

    They’re really not as bad as they look, I rode a similar one that had a stretchy section in the middle rather than hinged arms. That was much more interesting.

    • joeposts says:

       Like a giant hammock? That would be awesomely dangerous.

      • Calum Halpin says:

         It was just like this one but in two sections, connected by a big piece of concertina’d rubber (presumably covering hydraulics) like those bendy buses have.

  14. noggin says:

    …and then there was a deafening “ka-CHUNK!”…

  15. steveboyett says:

    ZOMFG I want to go on this SO BAD. If it looks like an astronaut training device, I’m in.

  16. Peter says:

    I imagine if you somehow managed to get somebody aboard the ride without showing them how it normally runs, there’s a point where they’ll be thinking  “Oh %#!%# it’s breaking!”

    I’d like to see a video of that experiment, please. 

  17. The ride in question is called Wind Shear.

  18. Robert says:

    I can probably get the same experience for free at home by stuffing myself in the dryer and setting it on tumble dry.

  19. derek prowse says:


  20. oldtaku says:

    What is problem? Is no different from flying Aeroflot.

  21. z7q2 says:

    I want to see the guy operating the ride, and what he does to operate it. My main curiosity being, are all the movements pre-programmed into the ride, or is the guy throwing levers to make the arms go back and forth however he feels like. I can imagine there might be some skill in getting the gondola to spin fast after it’s unlocked at the top of the ride by finessing the lever controls.

  22. The Wipe Out at Dream World in Australia. Faster, but ties itself in fewer knots.

    Who designs these things? Best engineering job in the world!

  23. David Kopelman says:

    Perhaps there’s provision for vomit recapture therewith to lubricate those epic ball-joints.

    • bcsizemo says:

      It probably should have built in pressure washers to clean the floor and seats between each session..

  24. jpmilner says:

    “I’d boot so hard that I’d open a wormhole to another dimension.”

    Bravo, sir. Bravo. When I read that I’m pretty sure I pulled something from laughing too hard.

    • noah django says:

       haven’t heard “boot” as a euphemism for “vomit” in probably 20 years, and that was in Tennessee; it was considered novel then and there.  is it a traditional term in Canada or the UK, Cory?

      • garyg2 says:

        Can’t say I’ve ever heard the term before (born and bred UKanian).

      • acidrain69 says:

        You obviously don’t watch “The Office”

      • Donald Petersen says:

        The college kids today in the States use it, often in the context of “boot & rally,” which is a stage during one’s evening drinking bout when one purges the current payload of slightly-used alcohol in order to down a few more drinks.

        Sounds wretched to me, but I also find Jolt cola to be a bit stiff.

      • Sparg says:

         First time I heard “boot” was from New Englanders and New Yorkers around ’82 while in the Army.

  25. Does this remind anyone else of David Elsewhere’s dancing in that old Kollaboration video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUz4OLQi_uw

  26. SunShine_K says:

    Consider this added to my bucket list…

  27. VibroCount says:

    You, too, can own one: http://www.zamperla.com/en/product/142/backflash-susp-windshear.html?category_id=4
    Check out the seller’s/manufacturer’s video!

    • Ian Wood says:

       From the site:

      “Backflash features a unique floorless seating arrangement where riders legs dangling freely!”

      Also now baskets for capturing the separation of limbs!

  28. Neil Soloman says:

    Thank you Cory for consistently posting wonderful bits of mutant life…
    (daily viewer since 2005)

  29. danimagoo says:

    There are not enough guns on planet Earth to force me to get on that ride. Not that that’s saying much. It takes significant bribery just to get me on a kiddie coaster.

  30. rugshd says:

    OH wow… I can’t decide which is scarier: the music or the ride. Doesn’t look like fun looks like a day of vomit!

  31. crummett says:

    1. Agreed, it needs to be much faster.
    2. I was waiting for the end when the restraints come off and it tips forward, dumping everyone off. Fun!

  32. leia says:

    Not Russia, Austria – the “Prater” in Vienna…

  33. james james says:

    I’d be Russian to get off that ride.

  34. TheMudshark says:

    There is one like it at the Prater, but it´s not this one.
    Anyway, we apparently have a cat cafe now, making thrill-rides pretty much obsolete.

  35. Hubert Taler says:

    Awesome comments below the youtube video, for instance:

    “*YAWN* you know what a crazy ride is? The ones at the local Fairs…. How brave do you have to be to climb into a swing set powered by a 20 year old tractor engine, disassembled and reassembled 3 times a month by a guy who gets paid $8 an hour to smoke and stare at teenage girls… You know, they type of guy that hammers back 2 bottles of Jack a night and takes a shower once a year…. YET you trust he put the ride together sober and of sound mind…. That my friends is a “Crazy ride””

  36. Antoine says:

    This one (Drop Zone, it was called) was more terrifying in my view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzP9dboKyz8 (at around 3:00, you get the full speed treatment).

    I honestly thought then that I was going to be ejected by the centrifugal force to smash on a nearby building ;-)

    Fun rides…

  37.  Looks like Ripsaw at Alton Towers in the UK – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0T7HkDlExI

    But with  extra twisty-bendyness…

  38. Klaus Æ. Mogensen says:

    There was a Top Spin in an amusement park north of Copenhagen about 10-15 years ago. That was by far my favorite ride because of the variation, and I did not find it at at all vomit-inducing. Would be interesting to try this variation, though it did seem awfully slow when the arms weren’t synchronized.

  39. CognitiveDissident says:

    It’s nice to see that someone repurposes/recycles their old Trebuchets.

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