What facts do you know, or care to know?

Friday, May 2, 2008 7:42 AM
That fact book was given to those employees who work along the midways like sweeps and the garbage guys (that's what I did). It had info on where to get certain foods, locations of closest restrooms broken down by ride and a whole bunch of fast facts. Partically memorized the thing. (over 50 tons of french fries used in a season washed down with 1 MILLION gallons of Pepsi products)
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Friday, May 2, 2008 9:00 AM
I like to commit every coaster stat to memory, and when I visit parks, I correct people, and flash my ACE card when they challenge me.
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Friday, May 2, 2008 11:48 AM

El Gato Coastro said:
I like to commit every coaster stat to memory, and when I visit parks, I correct people, and flash my ACE card when they challenge me.

:)

You are more than a casual enthusiast.

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Friday, May 2, 2008 2:16 PM
They call me an enthusi-ass!
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Friday, May 2, 2008 2:50 PM
Indeed. :)
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Friday, May 2, 2008 3:33 PM
I can pretty much name coasters and locations within the US. RCDB is my guilty pleasure though!

I don't know heights, lengths, track widths, engineering of the coasters or trains, ect. But I do have to admit that I'm getting pretty knowledgeable with rides & parks in Europe & Japan thanks to RCDB.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008 2:11 AM
OhioStater, no knock on ya buddy, but you claim to be a casual enthusiast, then want to see the creepy-way-too-much-info fact book on Cedar Point. Contradict yourself much? :)

Can I be an informal casual enthusiast then?

"Unfortunately" or however else you choose to look at it, I have a sometimes ridiculously sharp mind for retaining useless information, so I see something once and I will typically retain it. As such, as much as I am a casual enthusiast, I can probably map out every coaster I've been on more than once (and a couple only once), I can name 75%+ of the lineup at most major North American parks by name, manufacturer and type, I know approximate heights, speeds and loops of most of those coasters ... it's kind of uncanny. But, I swear it's not like I sat there and studied the stuff, but you see it flashed up in front of you enough times and it sticks (at least for me it does).

So, I'm a sub-casual enthusiast, but if you think you can beat me at trivia on a major park, give it your best shot :)

Wow, a frustration-free post ... who knew? A week in Vegas will do that to a person ...

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Saturday, May 3, 2008 7:40 AM
^Sounds like a worthy opponent for Coaster 20 Questions, eh Moosh? ;)
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Saturday, May 3, 2008 9:31 AM
I guess I know what type of coaster most are, but no stats for the most part. I do not, nor want to know types of brakes, wheels or even trains. Just want to ride.
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Saturday, May 3, 2008 3:54 PM
Brett sez: So, I'm a sub-casual enthusiast, but if you think you can beat me at trivia on a major park, give it your best shot

Matt sez: Sounds like a worthy opponent for Coaster 20 Questions, eh Moosh?

Indeed! Brett...you gonna be at HoliWood Nights? Perhaps a quick game in the Voyage queue? ;)

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Saturday, May 3, 2008 6:11 PM
Moosh, that's entirely too public a location for me to display ANY sort of coaster knowledge! I have a reputation to maintain! Maybe if it's kept at a whisper :)

Unfortunately, I won't be at HoliWood Nights. So, grab an extra Voyage ride for me!

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Saturday, May 3, 2008 9:01 PM
It's been a long time since I've posted, but I went to CP today, and a fun fact that I learned about dragster, over the course of the year, the cable undergoes about 20,000 launches before it is replaced every year during July.

Also the hydraulic at the top of Wicked Twisters that keeps the trains from entering outer space (exaggeration), has been getting cracks in it. It's less attended to, because it's near impossible for the trains to even reach a height to touch it. But the manufacturer recommends once a month somebody climb to the top of the tower, and some how man the hydraulic and push it all the way in.

Quick CP Facts. *** Edited 5/4/2008 1:05:37 AM UTC by BANDandDCI***

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Sunday, May 4, 2008 12:35 AM
Better to be a casual enthusiast than an enthusiastic casualty.

I don't really mind if some people know a lot of facts about this coaster or that one. Some of it really is interesting. I just have a problem with people who think that knowing a kazillion facts about coasters makes them better or more intelligent than everyone else.

Same goes for people who like to quote the business stats for parks. Hearing about revenue, EBITDA, and per cap is just as boring as hearing about manufacturers and wheel mechanisms.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008 9:25 AM
Okay: More oddball factoids about CP:

- From the main entrace to the entrance of Mean Streak, it is EXACTLY one mile

- 2000 trash cans in the park (as of 2005, the year I worked there)

- On a busy day, over 20 tons of trash are thown out

- Hellen Keller once gave a speach at CP

- the only two cedar trees remaing at CP are by Sandcastle Suites

- the peninsual was origionaly a fishing village

- CP not only has it's own police department (deputized by the city of Sandusky), with full arrest powers, but has 20 EMT's, 6 RN's, and firefighters on staff. They also have their own fire engine and ambulance.

Let's just say I also have a knack for picking useless knowledge.

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Monday, May 5, 2008 6:23 PM
I'm a fountain of useless information. Too bad I never figured out how to turn all that into a big fat paycheck.
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