Floating Objects

Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:15 PM
Who here takes any sort of object on a coaster to see it float during some part of the ride. Take S:TE and example. We have all seen it in the coaster shows. I do this at SFMW sometimes, but, I am always very cautious. I took a small little pepple that I found on Medusa. During the zero-g roll I realesed the pebble and it was so amazing! It floated in front of my face for like a second the flew away. I only did this in the last row because I did not want to put any other riders in danger of the pebble. On to V2. I took another pebble with me on the last row. The first time up the back tower it floated for like 2-3 seconds before I cought it. I also do this on the Ark. And Tazmanian Devil, but I always use the littlest objects and I am in the last seat so I put no one else in danger. How many of you try to see floating objects?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:16 PM
I used to do this with pennies on Demon Drop, but after getting hit with bugs and rocks through a car window more than once, I realize how much it would hurt to get hit with a speeding penny. So I quit.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:20 PM
Good realization. It's stupid activities like this that lead to idiotic park policies like "no glasses on rides" -- the park needs to err on the side of caution, and we all suffer for it.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:31 PM

Yeah, the 'no glasses allowed' policy on "demon drop" type rides really sucks. Without them on I can't see well enough to spit on the people waiting in line down below. ;-) I tried explaining this to the ride operator and he seemed unsympathetic...I wonder why :-)

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 4:29 PM
And what's worst is the GP gets to see a man take an orange and release it on Superman at SFMM in a roller coaster show. You can make special device that shows you the works of gravity, but they still might not let you bring it on the ride. All it is thought, is a clear plastic tube with marbles in it and it has something on each end to keep the marbles in with a strap you wrap around you are so if you drop the tube it won't go any where.*** This post was edited by Corey on 7/30/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by Corey on 7/31/2002. ***

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:25 PM
Well, the worst I have ever seen is a waterbottle (full of water I might add) being dropped from the top of supreme scream at KBF. It would have given someone a concussion if it were to hit a ride op or someone in the queue w/the numbers to stand on. Total idiocy, but it was cool to watch (from a far). I bet the rider was taken away by security. It's cool watching it "rain up" during a downpour on S&S turbodrops (they don't close without lightening).
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:40 PM
On mr hyde's nasty fall at SFWoA i bring a coin and watch it float. I also had some change fall outta my pocket on Steel Force at DP. It was flying all over the place.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:55 PM

One time I did a test on Racer Millennium. I set a pennie on my knee right before the larger hill to the Island and it floated then landed back on my knee.....very interesting!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:05 PM

I made something called a "G-machine".

I use it for all rides with free-fall or airtime.

What I did was I took a bouncy ball, used a small screw-driver and made a hole directly through the center of it. Then I took a rubberband, and slide it through the center, tied it, then added more bands so it had length. Then I just tied the end like a yo-yo, and everytime I want to use it I just whip it out of my pocket, put the loop on my finger, and watch it float! I though pennies are too dangerous, so I made a safe invention!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:51 PM
I have my "strap" (lanyard) with keys secured on one end. The keys are hooked on by a climbing D-ring (whatever its called). Well I put the keys in my pocket, took the strap and wrapped it around my belt loop. With the end sticking out, I hooked on the D-ring. I did this on Demon Drop at CP and it worked OK... I was too busy screaming than to observe it floating.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:02 PM
I've always wanted to bring a yo-yo on a freefall ride or airtime coaster. Perfect way to see if you are pulling positive, negative, or zero G's. As long as the bob does not come loose from the string, there is little risk. I would not try to sneak anything on a ride, though.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:17 PM

Don't drop coins on rides... it's overrated. I agree what I do is extremely stupid and I only dropped that amount of coins once. I will not do this anymore in fear of hurting someone. Thanks for helping me to realize how insane my friend's idea was... I guess I shouldn't have jumped on the bandwagon though and posted about it.

*** This post was edited by coasterzak on 8/1/2002. ***

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:43 PM

Corey said:
And what's worst is the GP gets to see a man take an orange and release it on Superman at SFMM in a roller coaster show. You can make special device that shows you the works of gravity, but they still might not let you bring it on the ride. All it is thought, is a clear plastic tube with marbles in it and it has something on each end to keep the marbles in with a strap you wrap around you are so if you drop the tube it won?t go any where.

*** This post was edited by Corey on 7/30/2002. ***



Just wanted to point this out, this is my first real post, and it was accually a bannana. I know that because i have this thing against Pual Rueben. And i agree, that he should not have done that, well no one should have done that, because well if he drops it, 400 feet, large object, person gets hit, OUCH!i know there is probably no walkway near it..but anyways. THe inventions that people mentioned are a great way to do it instead of lose objects that can come back at us, and make coaster enthusiasts look bad.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:58 PM

Honestly, I hate to sound like a jerk, but please, for the love of God, STOP.

I've been hit by flying objects on a few coasters lately (most recently Raging Bull and Magnum) and let me tell you, it ruins the entire ride.

Take a penny off the face a few times, and you really want to be back at the loading station. Not only that, but many rides come near ride queues or simple walkways. Drop anything, and it becomes a projectile with a serious opportunity to cause pain.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:06 PM
And also its against state law, you could be fined or worst for dropping an object off a ride. I like the bouncing ball idea; its small fits in your pocket and you shouldn't lose it injuring another rider, making you and everyone around happier.

*** This post was edited by Corey on 7/31/2002. ***

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 3:43 AM

Corey, and whats nice is it wont fall since its attached. Its sweet since you can watch the ball, and if you dont catch it its still attached to the string. So I use it on Villain olot, and its awesome to see it just rise out of my hand ;)

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 4:56 AM

coasterzak said:
I take about 10 pennies (5 in each hand) and let them go on each spike.


If I EVER get hit by a penny because of this stupid-ass behavior, I will sue you and your parents to kingdom come.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 4:57 AM

Zak: Are you a crack baby? It's morons like you that cause people to get hurt. Just because you're at the shallow end of the gene pool doesn't mean you have to drag us all down with you.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 5:30 AM
Well I have to admitt though, those coaster shows do make it *seem* as if that is a reasonable thing to do. I would have never even thought to do the "penny trick" on SFoG's "Freefall" if I hadnt seen it on a show before (I'm just not that creative..that's why I'm such a lousy engineer :)).

And whether it is dangerous or not, it is a cool thing to watch. But one should understand that there are consequences for one's actions. I notice on most freefalls now they check your hands to make sure that you do NOT have any coins in your hands. It's kinda hard to get into your pockets so they think that will stop most of the problem. Of course one could always keep a coin or two in their mouth...(okay so I *do* have a little creativity).
jeremy
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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 10:13 AM
Somebody lost a pocket full of change on a the rotor at Six Flags one time while I was riding. That was interesting....

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