America's first roller coaster began as a railway for transporting coal

If you're wondering how people first decided plummeting downhill inside a rickety box on wheels seemed like a good time, look no further than the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway in Pennsylvania. What began as a railway for shooting coal down the mountain turned into a destination for thousands of tourists in the late… »9/04/14 6:15pm9/04/14 6:15pm

This Oculus Rift game on a real rollercoaster must be a crazy experience

The people at VR Coaster had a great idea: Create a 3D ride synchronized to a real world rollercoaster, put someone on the seat with an Oculus Rift headset, and let them freak the hell out as they fly through a fantastic landscape full of dragons and lava giants. Apparently, people say it's an amazing experience. »8/29/14 8:05am8/29/14 8:05am

Flying inside the cockpit of a fighter jet is the best roller coaster

Strap yourself in your chair. Put down the coffee mug. And make sure you have an empty stomach because you're about to take a ride in a flying roller coaster. Or well, the closest thing there is to a flying roller coaster. The video below gives you the backseat cockpit view of an ultra low flying RAF's Typhoon… »1/20/14 9:09pm1/20/14 9:09pm

Impressive Build of an Inverted Lego Roller Coaster

Finally! A roller coaster that doesn't discriminate against the height-impaired! This feat of engineering was accomplished by Dutch Lego enthusiast, Luc2000. The build features a five-cart inverted roller coaster that fits ten minifigs in each car with four minifigs "staffing" the ride. The most amazing part of the… »6/07/13 11:01am6/07/13 11:01am

The Roller Coaster That Sandy Dumped Into the Ocean Is Being Torn Down

While most of the world has moved on since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc late last October, countless communities are still reeling and recovering from its utter devastation. And today, the Jet Star roller coaster of Seaside Heights, NJ, one of the more iconic landmarks from Sandy, is being laid to rest for good. »5/14/13 1:00pm5/14/13 1:00pm

GE Is Turning a Six Flags Roller Coaster Into an F-35 Launcher

Superman: Escape from Krypton has been terrifying Six Flags Magic Mountain visitors since 1997. Once the tallest roller coaster on the planet and the first to employ a linear motor system, Superman launched riders up a 415-foot vertical track at 100 MPH. Now GE is working to convert the technology behind the… »2/27/13 2:20pm2/27/13 2:20pm

BuzzBall Brings the Rollercoaster Experience to Your Backyard

Can't quite make it to a Six Flags this weekend? Sign up for a BuzzBall then, and bring the motion-induced vomiting to you! Cooked up by some crazy New Zealanders from Evento as a cure for 'coaster aficionados without access to the rails, the BuzzBall features a pair of electric motors, each of which controls a… »6/28/08 5:30pm6/28/08 5:30pm