Today is National Roller Coaster Day. On August 16, 1898, Edwin Prescott submitted a patent for a looping roller coaster. So, someone decided that today would be a great day to celebrate these great inventions. If you’re a long-time reader then you know my coincidental connection to this day as well.
Hopefully, you’ll celebrate with some airtime and g-forces. If not, maybe these 13 Freaky Facts About Roller Coasters will help. They include some interesting facts like the current record for roller coaster riding (17 days), injury statistics, and a blurb about a planned roller coaster that was designed to jump over a track-less gap. Luckily, the idea was abandoned before someone was hurt. I doubt that designer’s could pull that off today in 2011. I don’t know what those engineers in 1902 were thinking!
Check out this video of what might be my favorite commercial of all time:
What’s Your Take?
How are you celebrating this holiday? Did you know that there was a National Roller Coaster Day? What’d you think of the commercial? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of SeaWorld.