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Euthanasia Coaster (wikipedia.org)
34 points by Tomte 82 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 12 comments

>John Allen, who served as president of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, inspired Urbonas with his description of the "ultimate" roller coaster as one that "sends out 24 people and they all come back dead".

Well I know where I'm not buying a toboggan from.

Creator of the Philadelphia Slayride.

There's a link to a video with a computer animated simulation of the ride as well, on the bottom of the page.

Link to video in question:


The video is definitely worth checking out as well, to get a sense of what it would look like in real life. The video alternates between first person point of view from one of the passenger seats and third person point of view looking at the coaster from the outside, as well as some panning shots.

The video is accompanied by Oxygène by Jean Michel Jarre. And I think it's a suitable song for such a ride. Listening to that music while watching the video, they feel like they go together nicely.

Looks like that simulation only has 4ish G for any length of time, as opposed to 10G goal. Odd.

Is there really any challenge in making a roller coaster that kills its riders? Seems like the space of lethal coasters would be larger than for non-lethal ones.

Also, is the short amount of time with hypoxia really enough to kill someone? Or is it just an unconsciousness coaster?

That time with normal hypoxia wouldn't be a problem, but a sustained 10 G without any training means losing all blood flow to the brain. I'm not a doctor but I can imagine 60 seconds of no blood flow damages the brain enough to make you not come back from unconsciousness.

I think it's unfair not to mention the RollerCoaster Tycoon series here, which undoubtedly led to countless independent discoveries of this concept.

Euthanasia Coaster 1 looks too intense for me!

It does now :) Paragraph in the section “popular culture”.

This is what Tesla's Autopilot should be called.

Mr. Bones' Wild Ride was way more impressive

Transhumanism (Human+) and the art that is made in its circle of influence is really something else.

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