Jeff you can close this topic if you want but there are so many people that think they no every thing about coasters. I was at PKI a week ago and i was standing in line for the Vortex this man and said to his son that he knew everything about rollercoasters and if he had any questions about them ask him. His son then asked how high was the vortex. He said well its almost as tall as MF at SFWoA. I was about to burst out laughing.
Does anyone else no any people that think they now it all.
I love listening to that too! LOL! Great entertainment. I'd really like to turn around and shove it in their face, but just hearing them go on and on is much more pleasurable. Depending on how long the line is, helps me decide whether I tell them they're long or just wait and LMAO at them without them even knowing it's at them. Hehe. Good topic coaster fan. Helps me bring back some memories. :)
i was talking to this guy about coasters, he didnt claim he new everything, and i asked hime if he had rode millenium force. at first he thought i said lion force. then after i finally explained it to him and even the coaster specs he said i havent heard of that one but i have heard of the millenium. i hate every single person in this world that calls it the millenium. theres no the in the ******* title. it makes me so mad. and they always get things wrong. people say its 320 feet high, people say it goes through a tunnel making the drop 350 feet long.people always get the speed wrong. i start yelling out stuff when someone says something like that but not at the person. if your gonna try and impress someone with your knoledge, at least know what your talking about please.
Oh yeah, the funniest thing I've heard. When I was in line for SOB, there was this guy, about late 20s maybe, he said(to another family he wasn't even with) how much he hated Flight of Fear because the OTSR always banged up his head. I turned around and told him that FOF changed to lap bars this year and don't have the OTSRs anymore. He looked at me like I was the dumbest person in the World and said, "Yeah right. Coasters with only lap bars CAN NOT go upside down." I gave him a dirty look, turned around, and said to myself, "Then what the **** do you think you're riding jack***."
He later went on the talk about how short all of PKI's coasters were and why he thought that SOB wasn't named correctly, because Beastie is the son. :rolls eyes: I just listened and kept my thoughts to myself. He really needed to be taught a lesson though.
Danny ------------- PKI 2002- The Rollercoast is Toast!
Every now and then I am actually suprised by how some guest know a decent amount of information. I lmao when I hear guest talking about rollercoasters they have no clue about. Or when someone ask's someone else if the ride goes "upside down" when the freaking loop is right in front of them.
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One time my cousin me and my cousin were waiting in line for the Mamba at WOF in Kansas City. I was talking about how MF at Cedar Point was 310 ft. tall. He said the ride we were about to go on was at least 500 ft. tall. I laughed but he didn't.
I beleive there is a difference between not knowing something, than thinking you know something but you're wrong and go around speaking it as if you are right. That's what I find people doing a lot, like with a whole lot of confidence in it too.
Actually, the thing that bugs me the most are coaster enthusiasts who have to correct every little thing that the average park patron doesn't know. If you hear somebody in line talking to their own party and they screw up a stat, let it be. They're there to have fun, and their not knowing the correct stats will hurt no one. I hate nothing more than hearing someone lean over and tell someone else, "Actually, Mamba is 206 feet tall, not the 212 that you just said."
I guess the one exception to this is when the average park goer starts the "someone died on this ride" spiel, when indeed the coaster has been fatality free. I guess these are usually started by the know-it-all wanna-be's anyway, so who knows how it should be handled. I just feel that misquoting or not knowing stats hurts no one, while people rambling about deaths that didn't happen creates extremely bad publicity.
------------- According to the "official" count, next year's new coaster lineup will feature 17 Arrow 4-Ds, 21 TA2Ks, 34 B&M floorless's, 17 Intamin Gigas, 12 beemer flyers, and 247 CCIs. And oh yeah, CP will receive one of all of these.
I actually disagree, rentch. I hate it when people give bad stats. Especially the "this is the tallest coaster in the world" or whatever. I think that if you're going to talk the talk, you might as well have done the research.
I especially hate people that claim that other rides are bigger/faster/taller than my favs. Like when people say Hypersonic is taller than AC. (Which it isn't by 5', but the drop on AC is MUCH bigger).
PCW-2002 said: " i hate every single person in this world that calls it the millenium. theres no the in the ******* title. it makes me so mad. and they always get things wrong. people say its 320 feet high, people say it goes through a tunnel making the drop 350 feet long.people always get the speed wrong. i start yelling out stuff when someone says something like that but not at the person. if your gonna try and impress someone with your knoledge, at least know what your talking about please.
I was on Skull Mountain the other day at SFGAdv and I heard a guy with his daughter talk to these two girls behind us. They were saying something about Nitro, and then the guy said that Nitro is the tallest coaster in the world. And then he said it was so much taller than every coaster. By that time I was laughing so hard, because he was dead serious. Then he said that it was the fastest roller coaster in the world. I almost wet my pants laughing so hard, while the girls believed everything he said.
I happen to think The Rentch is right on track. I don't know what is worse... people spouting wrong stats... or people who try to correct those who spout wrong stats by butting in and expressing the correct stats (or at least what they think are the correct stats). I don't know how tall my favorite coaster is... I think it is around 80 feet, but I am not sure. So I suppose I am one of those "annyoing" people who may make a mistake and will have be corrected by those who know everything.
In the grand scheme of things, what does it matter? If you say "The drop on the Steel Phantom is (or now was) 200 feet," does it matter if you are off by 25 feet or so? Not hardly. But there are some who feel compelled to correct this error, to either "enlighten" the person with the truth, or just show off their "superior" (ha!) knowledge.
If any of you are familar with the Titanic (not the movie, but the ship), there are a whole group of arm chair Titanic historians who will argue till they are blue in the face the exact number of dishes on that ship, or the exact number of steel plates in the hull, etc etc etc. They call these people "Rivet Heads" or "Rivet Counters". On that same line, I refer to the coaster "enthusiasts" who feel the need to spout pointless stats and correct those who do not know every pointless stat as "Bold Heads" or "Bolt Counters".
On the same token, as The Rentch also stated, if you say "This coaster once came off the track and 18 people died", yeah, that is something that is dead wrong (pardon the pun), and it can reflect on the reputation of the park or ride, especially in these days of muck-raking "journalists" who will turn a coaster stopping on the lift hill into a "major accident" and senators and congressmen who feel the need to protect us from ourselves by introducing all types of legislation designed to scare the heck out of us.
------------- "I wasn't always this cynical, but then I started kindergarden..."
Right on Rentch! Let the public think what they want. Why should we, as enthusiasts, possibly make their day worse in order to correct something they said about a rollercoaster and probably won't remember anyway? Let them have their fun, we definitely have ours.
I know, all of these people say things that are totally wrong about coasters and they pretend to know eveyth8ing because everybody else doesn't have a clue. In line for Goliath, this group of guys were all trying to know everything about coasters. Then they kept talking about my brother because he was wearing a MF t-shirt, and they thought he was a hard core acer or something. Then they asked him and he was like no, and then they didn't say anything for the rest of the time.
Slfake, you've got it exactly right. For what it's worth, people are like that all over. I work for Blue Man Group in Chicago, and if I had a dime for everything I've heard that show called besides Blue Man Group (The Blue Group, Bluemens, The Four Blue Guys...) I wouldn't have to work for Blue Man Group anymore. I just ignore it and proceed with my business...