# Are Height record only for Americans?

Friday, January 12, 2001 10:03 AM
I only ask because there has been this talk of the 200ft and 300ft barriers being these special landmarks. But it just dawned on me (thinking out of my ameri-centric box ;)) that the "foot" unit only has true meaning in three countries in the world. I wonder why there wasn't a bigger push for metric milestones. Any engineer will tell you that they prefer engineering in metric rather than British Units. So that leads me to the question: Where will the first coaster to break 100 meters be made?!? (LOL ;))
jeremy
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Friday, January 12, 2001 10:18 AM

SD2K : 318 Feet = 96.92640 Meters
MF : 310 Feet = 94.488 Meters

If you're counting Superman: The Escape (I do not want to hear any argument about it, either), 100 Meters has already been broken. (In fact, it's been smashed.)

S:TE : 415 Feet = 126.49200 Meters

For the record, 100 Meters = 328.10000 Feet.

(Here! Have fun with this: http://www.bigairparagliding.com/metricconverter.htm ;))

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Friday, January 12, 2001 10:34 AM
Actually Lynch, SD2K is really 97 meters or 318.24 feet (I have my own metric converter at work) according to Morgan's web site. And you're right, I should have stated full-circuit coaster just to avoid any problems.
jeremy
---Remove his man-sack!
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Friday, January 12, 2001 10:49 AM
"Ameri-centric box..." That's funny stuff, and so true!

I hate that we still use that stupid system that no one is quite sure how to go from one unit to the next.

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Jeff
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Friday, January 12, 2001 12:08 PM
Measurement, both Metric and Standard, is a subject that I feel is severely neglected. (It is at my high school, anyhow.) I really do wish they'd teach us more things we can actually use. Example: Sure, knowing how the lungs work is great, but isn't it a little more helpful to know how to perform CPR? Or know what to do when your Pops is having a heart attack?

Sorry... I got really off-topic there. Back to coasters!

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Friday, January 12, 2001 4:02 PM
We don't use the metric system because we're ignorant and stupid, at least that's what the Canadians think. :)
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Friday, January 12, 2001 4:19 PM
What are you talking aboot? ;)

I love Canada... good beer, good music and few guns. Oh, and they have a music cable channel that (gasp!) actually plays music videos! I'm glad we get Much here in Cleveland.

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Jeff
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Friday, January 12, 2001 4:29 PM
Cleveland Rocks!!!! When I lived up there, we had the best college radio stations! Thats when I got into all that Goth music.

Ah, Cleveland... Ain't nothing like a nice summer day at Shady Lake Park and taking a whirl on their Wild Mouse, paratrooper and Flying Scooters!
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Friday, January 12, 2001 5:46 PM
Those days are long gone... that park has been history for years. I did ride my first coaster there.

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Jeff
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Friday, January 12, 2001 6:22 PM
HAHA aboot!
If anyone has been reading my post it always says ABOOT. Canadia is cool
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"God gave me a wake up call," RelientK-"Wake Up Call"
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Friday, January 12, 2001 6:53 PM
I know this is a little off topic, but I'm gonna have to resort to the "I am Canadian" spiel here... (If you've watched Canadian TV within the past year, you know what I'm talking about.)
"Hey.
I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader.
And I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled.
And I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada, although I'm certain they're really, really nice.
I have a Prime Minister, not a President.
I speak English and French, NOT American.
and I pronounce it 'ABOUT', NOT 'A BOOT'.
I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, NOT policing.
DIVERSITY, NOT assimilation.
AND THAT THE BEAVER IS A TRULY PROUD AND NOBLE ANIMAL.
A TOUQUE IS A HAT.
A CHESTERFIELD IS A COUCH.
AND IT IS PRONOUNCED "ZED" NOT "ZEE", "ZED"!!!
CANADA IS THE SECOND LARGEST LANDMASS!
THE FIRST NATION OF HOCKEY!
AND THE BEST PART OF NORTH AMERICA!
MY NAME IS JOE!!
Thank you."
Well, I'm not Joe, but you get the idea :)

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-Dave Rutherford
*If things seem under control, you're just not going fast enough*

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Friday, January 12, 2001 7:05 PM
I heard that canadian rant before in my English class. Anyway, it's funny how that us Americans use the "British" system and the British use SI. SI is so much easier, but I guess we Americans like bigger numbers, like saying 310 feet instead of 94 meters.
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Friday, January 12, 2001 7:18 PM
A funny thing about Shady Lake Park, well at least I think it funny.

I pass it on my way to Kent on route 14. Everyone knows that many Euclid Beach Parks ride's were relocated here, and what stands at old EBP now is apartment buildings. I look behind the sign for SLP and I now see condo's and apartment's. I would never purchase a ride that was once from EBP (except the racing derby) because your park will end up being an apartment complex. Maybe Cedar Point has caught this bug from the Racing Derby (Cedar Downs) because they have built more hotel's/lighthouse point's and hotel additions is the last 5 years than coasters. *** This post was edited by Joe E. on 1/13/2001. ***
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Saturday, January 13, 2001 5:00 AM
For those who have never seen the Canadian commercials (thank God they started exporting that stuff to Northern Ohio), check them here:

The "No Doot Aboot It" is probably the funniest of the bunch.

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Jeff
*** This post was edited by Jeff on 1/13/2001. ***
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Saturday, January 13, 2001 7:01 AM
Canada is the worse country ever in existense. All they have is wheat. America should have took over Canada after the revolution when we had the chance.
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Saturday, January 13, 2001 5:55 PM

Matt13 said:
"Canada is the worse country ever in existense. All they have is wheat. America should have took over Canada after the revolution when we had the chance."

Well first of all, I feel that this is very inappropriate. I don't want to start a fight about this, (unlike some...).
So I'll say this: Before you go passing judgement on something, maybe you should experience it for yourself.
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-Dave Rutherford
*If things seem under control, you're just not going fast enough*

*** This post was edited by Skeeber on 1/13/2001. ***
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Saturday, January 13, 2001 6:44 PM
It's not often that I say it, but what a moron. That guy is history. We really don't need that kind of stupidity around here.

I love Canada. The US could learn a lot from that country (and most other industrialized nations, for that matter).

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Jeff
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Sunday, January 14, 2001 9:19 AM
The only Canadian show I get over here in Indiana is the Red Green Show.

I'm a man, and I can change...if I have to...I guess.

Long Live Possum Lodge!
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Sunday, January 14, 2001 10:03 AM
Oh Canada, MY home and native land....

So is Toronto. I like Toronto.

Matt13 is ignorant.. Matt13 needs a g/f, not his hand.

Canada needs to learn from the States. Our policies tend to mirrow American Policies..
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Sunday, January 14, 2001 10:52 AM
Why is it that, outside of SNL and a couple others, I can only get a good, hearty laugh from Canadian or British shows?

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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