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Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts

The Rotor at Kennywood

While Kennywood Amusement Park is still operating, they no longer feature the Rotor. Given its 3Gs of force, in this day and age of tender litigious patrons, I'm surprised any park still does.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 25, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Science, 1950's

Elektro the Robot

No need to worry about the Singularity with Elektro.

Wikipedia entry.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Puppets and Automatons, 1930's

Counterfeit Ferris Wheel Certificates


So popular and prestigious was a ride on the first Ferris Wheel, that riders were given a certificate testifying to their experience.


Naturally enough, this soon lead to a market for counterfeits!


Original article here. (Scroll down.)

A Run For The Border

A theme park in Mexico is offering an unusual experience for visitors. A three hour fake illegal border crossing. The owners say they want to discourage people from a real border crossing with the experience. I am sure making money is another goal as well.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jun 28, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts


How our ancestors amused themselves before digital technology, at "this noisy carefree island of helter-skelter joy."

Be sure to marvel at the fortune-telling bird.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Feb 20, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts

Whack a Banker—Under the Pier

Next time I'm in Suffolk, I'm definitely making a trip to see Tim Hunkin's Under the Pier show, located at the Southwold Pier. It's an amusement arcade full of his unique, hand-made machines. Read more about it in this Guardian article. Below is a video of his timely Whack a Banker game. Link to Tim Hunkin's site.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 10, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Games, Technology

Floating Volcano

Change of plans for the first WU cruise. The Kate Gosselin cruise is out. Instead we'll be sailing on the Tropical Island Paradise, built by Yacht Island Design. It features its own volcano! Once a day the volcano will erupt, shooting out deadly fireballs and streams of lava.

Of course, we'll have to wait for the ship to be built...

(via Nourishing Obscurity)
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 07, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Weird Universe

Weird Shorts: Bones, Boners and Boneheads!

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Popular UK tourist attraction The London Dungeon got a little creepier this week, when it turned out one of the skeletons on display at its “creepy crypt” exhibit was the genuine article. The skeleton, since nicknamed “Kate Moss” by staff, has been on display since 1975, but will now require a license to remain on show, at a cost to dungeon owners Merlin Entertainments of £2000 per year. In the short term at least, this will likely be more than made up for by the surge of visitors arising from this fortuitous publicity, occurring just before school break (The Telegraph).

Miss Moss isn’t the only famous beauty to have her image misappropriated this week, with German magazine Focus deciding a photoshopped image of the goddess Aphrodite giving the finger was an apt summation of the current financial crisis among “Eurozone” countries - popularly (in Germany) laid at the doorstep of member country Greece. However although the country is out of money, it is not without pride, and the provocative cover has led to questions being asked in the Greek parliament and widespread outrage. Now a party of six Greek citizens have started legal action against the journalists responsible. Soon to be a major motion picture, My Big Fat Greek Lawsuit (Orange).

Someone else who still has their pride, but only just, is the husband of 69 year-old Virginia Valdez of Palm Springs, California, who after 32 years of marriage, decided enough was enough and tried to cut off her husband’s penis with a pair of scissors. No motive for the attack has yet been released, but this close to Christmas, wives everywhere are sure to insinuate that it was possibly a seasonal condition brought on by lack of jewellery (NBC San Diego).

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