Amusement park throws people from 100-foot tower with nothing but a net

Here's an insanely scary ride for those who need to feel like they're close to dying in order to feel like they're living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. They hang you from a safety rope—then they cut it off and you free fall at 55 mph down onto a net 100 foot below. For fun. » 7/21/14 11:01pm 7/21/14 11:01pm

Coney Island's Newest Roller Coaster Is Narrower Than Most Apartments

This week marks the opening of the Thunderbolt, a modern roller coaster looping and corkscrewing through historic Coney Island in Brooklyn. The coaster is a towering orange lasso with 2200 feet of track, squeezed into an unbelievably narrow space. Here's our up close and personal look at NYC's latest thrill ride. » 6/11/14 10:00am 6/11/14 10:00am

Using an Excavator As a DIY Water Park Ride Is Death Defying Fun

It's the middle of August. It's hot. You want to break open every fire hydrant you see. You view ice cubes as a precious resource. You see air conditioning as the greatest invention ever created. You can't wait to forget that you are a sweaty pig. You are jealous of these three guys in Russia who have hitched… » 8/20/13 2:00am 8/20/13 2:00am

Why Roller Coasters Make You Vomit and Scream

Ever wonder why roller coasters can make even the strongest of stomachs feel like they're turning inside out? Or why, as you seemingly dangle dangerously upside down, you never quite feel like you're actually upside down? And did you know that some of the force you feel along the way has the potential to "cause… » 7/01/13 11:34am 7/01/13 11:34am

Take a Ride on the Roller Coaster With the World's Tallest Loop

Full Throttle is a brand new roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. But it's not just any new thrill ride—it features the tallest vertical loop in the world. And this gravity-defying first-person perspective footage of the new loop de loop will twist your stomach into a Gordian Knot. » 6/25/13 11:40am 6/25/13 11:40am

I Want to Ride All These Insane Roller Coasters from the Centrifuge…

I don't like riding roller coasters because I'm a big weenie when it comes to mechanical excitement. But I have no problem believing that I would ride these ridiculously thrilling (and totally fake) roller coasters from the Centrifuge Brain Project. The first roller coasters in the video start off harmless enough… » 2/05/13 1:00am 2/05/13 1:00am

This Scary Zipline Roller Coaster Looks Like a Dizzying Way to Die

The first zipline roller coaster in the United States debuted at Florida EcoSafaris in St. Cloud, Florida and turns ziplining into a curvy course of thrill seeking fun. Instead of ordinary straight line ziplining, which is plenty scary already, the zipline roller coaster throws sharp turns and big drops. Fun! » 4/06/12 5:40pm 4/06/12 5:40pm

Why Roller Coasters Wouldn't Exist Without Coal Mining

Humans are strange, thrill-seeking creatures. We crave not just a thrill, but something so terrifying that we think, if only for a moment, that we might not actually survive. For those of us not ready for base jumping in wing suits, roller coasters can fulfill that excitement lust. And the amusement park fixtures may… » 3/01/12 1:00pm 3/01/12 1:00pm