On NBC Nightly News, they are doing a report on the accident on Goliath. Also on "how safe are roller coasters today?". Those reports always tend to irritate me, because I always think it is only the people who hate coasters, who come up with the negative ideas about them. Anyway, just letting you know its on.
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I just saw this. They seemed to be asking the question in the report "are the forces on coasters too great for the human body" I guess that this is better than saying that they are unsafe because of mechanical reasons, but this question will eventually have to be answered. What g-forces are too great for the human body to withstand?
Just saw it. As expected, they questioned the safety of rollercoasters. They emphasized that there have been 14 cases of bleeding in the brain as a result of coaster, then added in, in the last decade. Luckily we got to see Mr. ACE TV. you know the guy on all the specials, including the last, 29 in 24 hours...
Last night there was a show on TLC about safety on rollercoasters anyone tape it or see it ? It was pretty cool ,they included the 1998 accident when a train got stuck on a cobra roll on Vampire , i think and the accident when that kid fell out of Shockwave at PKD in 99' ------------- Kraken count : 138 6/2 Go to Alans SFDL site ! http://sfdl.coasterbuzz.com/home.asp
Yeah, while we are busy banning coasters because they are a risk to your health, lets ban salt, anything with cholesterol, any sport, TV (might give off radiation) and everything else that might hurt you.
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I hate when people like these reporters take a few facts and present them and do not take all the facts. Yes a few die at parks from rare unknown conditions or not behaving properly on the rides, but that is no reason to take our extreme rides away from us. This is what bothers me. Millions go to theme parks every year and a few die. Yes it's expected to happen. As I have heard before from other people "Coasters are pieces of heavy machinery and should be treated like one. People can die from heavy machinery. We take this risk before getting on a coaster. I love coasters but I try to also think of it from this standpoint. People do die and a rare occurence is no reason to take our "extreme rides" away from us coaster enthuasiasts.
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I don't know for sure, but I remember hearing a while back that Markey was hurt on an amusement ride when he was younger. Can anyone back this up?
I had heard quite a few enthusiasts bash Markey for his views, but never put a name to the face. Now that I have, I remember seeing him on MSNBC's "Hardball" a few times. I think I agreed with a lot of his views, actually. (I'm sure he wasn't talking about coasters. I'd remember that. ;))