Griswold scale?

Saturday, September 7, 2002 6:54 PM

I just know I'm asking for it...but here goes.

Where'd the famed Griswold scale come from? Obviously it has some connection to the "Vacation" movies, but I can't seem to find any reference to it in any of them. I probably missed it along the line somewhere. Everywhere I look online it gives the scaling, -3 to +5, with 0 being slightly favorable. Any ideas?

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 7:18 PM
It has nothing to do with the National Lampoon movies. I believe a RRC user awhile back, named Eric Griswold came up with the system and it kind of stuck.

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 7:20 PM

Thank you much...I guess that explains that. Funny coincidence on the name though...as the first one was (as we all know) to fictional Walley World.

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 8:09 PM
Wallyworld T-shirts are evil... right Arrow Guy?

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 8:17 PM
At least I wasn't the only one watching the National Lampoon movies on FX tonight... ;)

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 8:41 PM
My walley world "park security" shirt is on order...should be in my hands the beginning of the week. Man, I love 80stees.com

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 10:09 PM

beeman65, wasn't Eric Griswold even running a site for awhile, WAY back in the days of Jim Serio (WoC, right?)...and the early URC...times sure have changed.

edit: BTW, 2hostyl's "ratings" are (obviously) based on the Griswold scale, but the descriptions attached are delightfully "raw"....

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*** This post was edited by rollergator on 9/8/2002. ***

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Saturday, September 7, 2002 11:31 PM
Not sure 'gator. I remember reading reviews on WoC that had a great proliferation of TR's using the Griswold rating.

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Sunday, September 8, 2002 6:02 AM

I actually *saw* Eric Griswold at SRM this year. And even though I *do* use a modified version of the scale, I only do so because that seemed to be the "norm" when I joind World of Coasters a few year back. Truth be told, I think the rating system is so esoteric that it's usefullness is severly limited. I give the scale a rating of WOMPS! (-1) :)

lata, jeremy

--who may resort back to one to ten...if I can think of ten "colorfull" adjectives

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Sunday, September 8, 2002 7:41 AM

I was watching Vegas Vacation last night also! The only things missing were the coasters.

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Sunday, September 8, 2002 9:03 AM

We saw Eric at SRM too....wouldn't want to tick *that* guy off, huh?

bill, impatiently awaiting jeremy's new scale....my *version* is a modified Griswold scale as well, you don't see it too often 'cause I never seem to actually complete my TR's....the computer has a couple that are nearing completion (eh, chris?)....I modify ratings based on wait times to give more of a rating for the park than for the ride itself....not really fair to the RIDE, I know, but it sure put a hurting on ST...

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Sunday, September 8, 2002 9:16 AM

What's the story with Eric Griswold, Bill? Is he a behemoth?

Brian, who concedes it's better to lose to a better team than to beat yourself against a lesser team. :(

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Sunday, September 8, 2002 10:55 AM
Am I the only one who thinks the Griswold scale is weird? -3 to 5? I think I'd just stick to a 1-5 scale with no fancy decimals or anything. I just laugh at people who come up with something like this:

Incredible Hulk rating: 8.6754

pt300 (who used a smiley face system at one point :))
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