Astronauts: comparing coasters to space shuttle "absurd"

Posted Monday, January 27, 2003 3:45 AM | Contributed by Walk

New scientific studies have looked at g-forces associated with thrill rides. In past years, there have been reports of alleged brain injury and questions regarding overall theme park safety. Two former shuttle astronauts took part in the assessment and concluded that the rides were safe.

Read more from Space.com.

Monday, January 27, 2003 4:12 AM

LMAO, Rollercoasters exert less g force than sneezing our coughing! Take that Markey!

Chuck, who has felt like he was having a anurism once when he had pnumonia.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 5:15 AM

It's probably a misquote, but the article is certainly incorrect that there is no risk of greying out. You can grey out getting out of a chair quickly if your blood pressure is low. It just isn't that serious though.

Grey out = condition in which your vision turns to grey due to lack of blood flow to the head. Often accompanied by some dizziness. Does not involve loss on conciousness.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 7:29 AM

I used to grey out on Batman @ SFGAm. It usually happened on the first drop and into the first 2 inversions. I think of it as an added rush.

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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:17 AM
Don't think I have had a Shock Wave ride that didn't involve a grey out. Maybe "Hoot" never had the pleasure of riding it.
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Monday, January 27, 2003 8:21 AM


He took note of "greying-out", "blacking-out" and "GLOC" - short for "G-Induced Loss of Consciousness," drawing from personal experience. There is absolutely no risk of any of these sorts of conditions while riding roller coasters, he said.
He obviously hasn't ridden Titan. But I wasn't at all concerned about greying out for a few seconds in the second helix since I've had more intense, longer-lasting head-rushes from getting up too fast.

Nice to read news like this, however. The word needs to be spread more and more so that Markey will finally shut the hell up. Unfortunately, my local Fox news station reported the study last week, but I still had friends come up to me the following day asking if I had seen the news report about coasters' g-forces being dangerous. Why? Because A): my friends didn't see the actual report, and B): what they did see was the preview before a commercial break asking the question, and I'm paraphrasing: 'Are roller coasters and the g-forces they deliver putting you at risk?' This does nothing but put a negative spin on the truth. I hate when the media does this (which is just about all the time).

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Monday, January 27, 2003 11:46 AM
After I rode Titan, my cousin said his vision went grey and he almost blacked out on the tunnel. He probably didn't know the term "grey out" (I didn't know either)-------------
I like SF,other parks might be better. But is it really my fault I live in texas? *** This post was edited by PoorLittleTexan on 1/27/2003. ***
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Monday, January 27, 2003 2:50 PM
PLT, why complain about Texas? You've got about every cool ride at the three Six Flags, well except for The Rattler, and that wasn't Six Flags fault. Sorry about that.
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Friday, January 31, 2003 3:04 AM
I have had a little tunnel vision, but only on MF at the bottom of the drop and going into the first overbank. Most other coasters just seem intense, but not *that* intense.

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