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John Adams – Sr. Pastor
Pastor John and his wife Diane have three sons, Josh, Jason and Jesse. Pastor Adams has served NLC since 1997 and previously pastored for 13 yrs. in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. He graduated with honors from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN with a Th.B., a Masters Diploma in Practical Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute, and a Masters degree, with honors, in Theology from Oral Roberts University. A man of vision, Pastor Adams consistently challenges us to reach our community to make a difference with our influence for good and for Jesus Christ. In doing so, Pastor has received two very important awards. In 2015, he received one of 3 “Person of the Year” awards from the Sandusky Register, and in 2016 he received the “Ohio Civilian of the Year” award from the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police Foundation. Pastor John is also the Chaplain for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Sandusky Police Dept., Perkins Police Dept., Huron Police Dept. and is also an avid Triathlete.
Sis. Diane demonstrates sweet strength with her soft-spoken manner and dedication to serving God and others. She is currently the Fiscal Officer of the Huron Public Library and was previously the Fiscal Officer for Huron Township, where she served for 13 years.
Worship – Randy Gernovich
Randy Gernovich is an accomplished passionate musician who not only leads our Worship Team, but is also the Choir Director for Perkins schools. Under his leadership, our team consistently leads us in worship as we lift up the King of Kings together. Worship at NLC is not a production on Sunday morning…it’s a lifestyle!
Children’s Director Interim – Lydia Ours
Lydia has a degree in childhood education and has a love for learning and teaching. She and Dustin have taken over task of revamping our Children’s area until we hire a new Director this year.
Youth Pastor – Seth Monk Jr.
Seth has a passion for Youth, Jesus & ministry. Recently graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Seth became an intern and has since taken on the task of leading our Youth. He likes to have fun and see Jesus impact this generation. Seth and Bella Moorman were recently engaged to be married and we look forward to both of them having an impact on our Youth and NLC!
Associate Pastor – Dustin Ours
Dustin, originally hired to be our Youth pastor, has served NLC faithfully since 2014. He has recently transitioned into our Associate Pastor. Dustin has a love for God’s word and is great at administration and organization. We look forward to many years with Dustin on the NLC Staff!
Brittany Staples- Administrative Assistant
Brittany Staples is the newest addition to the NLC Staff. She fills the position vacated by Carmen Wallace who faithfully held that position for 17 yrs and desires more family time. Carmen will remain NLC’s Book Keeper, but Brittany will take over the day to day responsibilities like answering phones, organizing the office, membership info , banquets etc. Brittany has been a member of NLC for a number of years and comes to us from Stefano Dental. Welcome Brittany!
Joe Wallace – Head Usher
Joe Wallace has one of the biggest servant hearts there is! You may find him carrying an umbrella for a first time visitor or maybe even changing a tire or jumping a car for someone needing help in the parking lot. Joe oversees our Usher team and makes sure security is tight for our Kidz!
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Andy Staples’ CFB “Super League” includes Tigers
Auburn football fans should be thankful that The Athletic’s Andy Staples didn’t make the mistake of his life and snub the Tigers from his rendering of a “College Football Super League.”
Granted, there are fanbases out there that have legitimate gripes with not being included in this elite group of college football institutions. Florida State–who has won a National Championship more recently than all but four of the included teams–could theoretically have a case.
But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s address what the “Super League” concept is.
Soccer, or for the purists, fútbol, recently made waves on an international scale when 12 of Europe’s biggest pillar franchises made a sport-changing announcement that they would be breaking away from their current leagues and forming a (you guessed it) Super League.
It’s not a popular concept with many fans of the sport and the figureheads of soccer’s governing bodies absolutely detest it. In fact, the vitriol for the Super League’s potential commerce-crushing decision is so profound that players taking part may be banned from international play.
Needless to say, this won’t be coming stateside to any of the four professional sports leagues nor the NCAA…but it’s fun to think about.
So let’s think about it.
Staples’ league has 15 teams, with five of them coming from the SEC (Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, and Auburn football), four of them coming from the Big Ten (Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska), two coming from the Big 12 (Texas, Oklahoma), two coming from the Pac-12 (USC, Oregon), one representative from the ACC (Clemson) and one independent (Notre Dame).
Nebraska may be the most obvious team to exclude given their failure to end the season in the top 10 teams in any poll since 2002. Penn State has also been to just three bowl games in the past decade and was rocked by one of the most horrific scandals in the history of college football with the Jerry Sandusky scandals.
Either way, FWE will be sleeping well tonight knowing Auburn football is Super League material.
Harbor Freight to open in Fremont
FREMONT – A former Staples building has been renovated into Harbor Freight, Fremont’s newest store along the Ohio 53 corridor.
The store will have a grand opening Saturday in Fremont in the former Staples building at 2136 Enterprise Drive, the chain’s 42nd store in Ohio.
The new 24,00-square-foot store will office a stockpile of power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies and hand tools, which come with a lifetime warranty.
The new store will bring 35 new jobs to the Fremont area, according to Lisa Hartley, Harbor Freight media planner.
Designated as an essential service during the pandemic, the company has kept its stores open.
“We’re ready to serve and deliver value to customers in Fremont and all of Sandusky County,” Ron Fregeolle, store manager said in a release. “At Harbor Freight, we recognize that now, more than ever, our customers depend on Harbor Freight for the tools they need to get the job done at an affordable price. We are the place for quality tools at the lowest prices for mechanics, contractors, homeowners and hobbyists—any tool user who cares about value.”
The store in Fremont, though, will have reduced store hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. When the pandemic crisis passes, the store will resume regular hours aligned with other Harbor Freights across the country, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Also available at the store will be Harbor Freight’s newest addition to its financing lineup, a Harbor Freight credit card.
Customers approved for the card can earn 10% off their first purchase and 5% back on future purchases in Harbor Freight money.
The card offers 0% interest with equal monthly payments on purchases of $299 or more.
The Southern California company began in 1977 when then 17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father’s small sales business into a mail-order company.
In the first year, Smidt cut out the middlemen and began sourcing tools directly from manufacturers with the idea giving customers a better discount on prices, because he was saving by buying direct.
With more than 1,000 stores across the country, Harbor Freight employs more than 20,000 people, Hartley said.
What to know
What: Harbor Freight
Where: 2136 Enterprise Drive
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Staples Refuses to Print Christian Flyer
Bravo to Staples for having a policy that allows their employees to refuse service to people with which they disagree. A few days ago, they called my flyer about our High School Government Course “Obscene, Pornographic or Dangerous.”
That’s right. According to Staples, teaching kids about the three branches of government and the First Amendment is “OBSCENE, PORNOGRAPHIC OR DANGEROUS.”
Anyone else see the irony in this? We Constitution loving, free enterprise supporting Christians believe the First Amendment allows private individuals and businesses to associate with whom they wish, do business with whom they wish, and yes, refuse to do either of those things if they wish. Yet, Staples refused to print our flyer for teaching people that Staples has a right to refuse to print our flyer.
You might have to read that last line again.
I must admit that I got a chuckle out of the whole thing. The Staples employee was pretty worked up about how WallBuilders and “Christian Patriots” believe our faith should be allowed in the public square, including politics. Guilty as charged.
Fortunately, I took my flyer to a printer that did not mind doing business with Christians and even managed to get twice as many flyers for about the same price Staples charged me, so all things worked together for good once again (Romans 8:28). Shout out to Loris Printing in Sandusky, Ohio!!
I sent Staples a letter congratulating them on their policy:
Bravo Staples!! Free enterprise, and also the First Amendment, requires that private businesses “have the right to refuse service” (Jonathon’s exact words) and I applaud your exercise of those freedoms and your support of your employees exercising those freedoms. I trust you also support the exact same rights and freedoms for the baker down the street, or photographer, or venue owner who would not want to bake a cake for my event, or take my picture at my constitution classes, or rent their facility to me for a Constitution Class. And then, of course, I’m sure you would protect the exact same rights for all of those private businesses to also not participate in something that violates their conscience, whether that be a Constitution Class or homosexual wedding.
Of course, each of us in private business has the right to refuse business and we must also live with the market consequences (not government force, but customer decisions to do business with us or not). When I asked your employees if they thought it was a good business decision for Staples to refuse to print Christian materials that encourage study of the Constitution, the response was, “Staples is based in Canada and doesn’t care about the U.S. Constitution.” Very interesting response.
Again, I absolutely support your policy and your right to refuse service to Christians, or any other category of individuals with which you disagree. We’ll be sure to highlight your policy, and its implementation, on our radio show and social media outlets.
Since Staples has such a problem doing business with Christians, perhaps Christians across America should do a favor for Staples and stop going into their stores or ordering online. Save them from the stress and heartache. Find a local printer like I did and you just might find a better deal as well. You can vote with your dollars and possibly even save some dollars.
Meanwhile, I’m off to teach another class on the Constitution and how wonderful it is to choose whom we do business with, even bakers and photographers… oh, wait…I guess that’s not true in Oregon or Washington and a host of other places where the intolerant left is using the force of government coercion to prevent the very thing I’m applauding Staples for doing.
UPDATE: I found out today that Staples still charged me for the flyers they refused to print. When I asked for a refund, they said I had to come back to the Sandusky, OH store (1,500 miles from my home) to get a refund since they had no way to cancel the charge or refund the charge. I guess this is Staples best effort to add injury to insult (yea, backwards in this case). For a chain this large to have such ridiculous customer service is pretty sad.
UPDATE 4/28/17: I’m traveling today, but my wife tells me that Staples called a little while ago and said they were refunding the charges to my card. Also, for those being told this was a copyright issue, here’s the email they initially sent:
Then I called and got the whole bit about the print shop employee’s opposition to WallBuilders, Christian Patriots, etc., etc. It was not until the next employee arrived later that afternoon that suddenly “copyright” was thrown out. Of course, we have full permission for everything on the flyers. But even at that point (too late for me to get the flyers from them, nor would I have entrusted my project to them after what I was told over the phone by their own employees), the employees were still ranting about separation of church and state and saying they have the right to refuse service simply because of their opinion that WallBuilders is wrong on the First Amendment. Well, God Bless them, I’m glad they have that right and they were bold enough to use it and live with the market consequences.
And just to be super clear on the “copyright” issue…that was a 2nd flyer (see below). They still objected to the the one above (the main one) even though it did not have the “ChristianCinema.com” logo on it. So, first the print shop objected to both flyers because of “content and demagoguery,” then much later after I had tried to go through management and gotten nowhere, a new print shop employee shows up and asked about the ChristianCinema.com logo on the flyer below. They sell our show. They want us to use their logo. They have given permission. And this was not the main flyer at issue anyway.
UPDATE 5/4/17 – Staples just apologized. Just got off phone w/Office of the President for Staples & they say “we messed up, no other way to say it, no doubt about it. Your flyer should have been printed.” Apparently, they have received a lot of calls and posts and emails. Kudos for them trying to make it right. Learning more about their policy and whether it’s implemented across the board, left or right. I’m told it is and asked for evidence. More details to come…will update post as soon as I have more information.
UPDATE 5/5/17 –
I’m cautiously optimistic that Staples corporate is trying to do the right thing here…and it’s because so many of you lit up their FB page. Isn’t free enterprise awesome! The market will correct things far faster and better than trying to use government force and coercion. I didn’t ask anyone to post online or call Staples, y’all did it on your own, which I think is fantastic! HOWEVER, it’s a half-hearted attempt from Staples thus far… literally half a refund and half an apology, so we’ll see.
Here’s exactly where we stand. The Office of the President did, in fact, call and give me what I perceived to be a sincere, serious apology. Funny thing is that the Staples FB page had been apologizing to me 3rd party for days without my knowledge. As so many Christians posted on their FB page, they started replying with this:
After reviewing Mr. Green’s complaint, Staples agree that the materials requested to be copied were not obscene, pornographic or offensive in any way. Our associate made a mistake and we sincerely apologize to Mr. Green for this experience at Staples. At Staples, we respect all viewpoints and are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused Mr. Green and his business.
The Office of the President made it very clear THERE WAS NO COPYRIGHT ISSUE, but the Sandusky store is still telling people that whopper to cover up the anti-Christian, anti-Constitution bias that took place there. Perfectly legal and constitutional for them to be anti-constitution… or at least not want to print flyers encouraging study of the document. But wow, that sure hit the pocketbook quick for them. I’ll let you know when they give me the full refund and a written apology.
Here’s the real question and the main issue…
IF Staples allows an individual employee to refuse to print Christian material as long as they find another employee to immediately do it, DO THEY IMPLEMENT THAT POLICY ACROSS THE BOARD for Christians and Muslims and others that would not want to print homosexual marriage material? I’ve asked that question multiple times and I’m told that they do, but I’ve asked for proof. I’m told that exact scenario has happened and I’m looking forward to seeing the evidence. If it’s true… if they truly do allow employees to refuse service based on violation of conscience (whether conservative, liberal, Christian, Muslim, or atheist), if all of that is truly true, not just lip service… then I will be giving my business back to Staples and encouraging others to do the same.
Now, for the fun part, Staples sent me 30 pieces of silver. Well, okay, not really silver, just a $100 coupon. Since I would feel like it was 30 pieces of silver if I spent it, I want to give it away. But let’s have some fun in how we do this. I’m going to post this on Facebook and ask for people to nominate the charity to which I should give the $100 voucher. If you really want to have fun, then nominate someone that will print something at Staples that really puts their policy to the test!!! Pro-Lifers, pro-marriage advocates, whomever you think would annoy the liberals the most!!
TAKE HOME LESSON = FREEDOM WORKS!!!
When individuals and businesses decide for themselves, do business with whom they choose, and take their business elsewhere when they choose, everyone is better off than if government dragoons are trying to force their decisions on all of us! (think bakers, photographers, etc.)
Two very real examples of the market winning stand out in this case.
First, a business said no to creating my product for whatever reason they wanted and I took my business elsewhere. No one sued or asked the government to come force others to do business with them (which is just like the spoiled brat on the playground saying “make Johnny play with me!!!“).
Second, when a business makes decisions that their customers do not like, the customers can let them know and if the business wants to keep those customers, it can correct course. Exactly that happened here. Christians stood up and let their voice be heard and Staples immediately knew this was an important constituency and a big part of their customer base, so they took action to make it right. Please keep this lesson in mind. Let your voice be heard… in politics, in the marketplace, in your church, at your local school. If Christians will stop hiding in the corner and actually stand for principle, act on principle, explain the principle, and teach the principle… we can win this culture back to common sense and liberty.
Andy Staples: Justice in Penn State case should come from courts, not NCAA
To use a term the NCAA coined, how can this not represent a Lack of Institutional Control? Because it doesn’t — at least not in the NCAA sense. It is a case of a university having too much control. It is a case of a massive abuse of power with horrific consequences, and the perpetrators of that abuse of power deserve jail time. It is not a case of broken NCAA bylaws, though.
There is a reason the IRS doesn’t punish murderers who pay their taxes. That same reason applies here.
This may seem cold, but nowhere in the 426-page Division I manual is there a rule forbidding the cover-up of a violation of state statute. There is no obstruction of justice charge, no way to punish someone for his or her failure to call the police. The NCAA has rules to handle free tattoos, excessive phone calls and couch surfing (maybe not even that), but it is way out of its league here. So even though NCAA president Mark Emmert inserted the organization into the case with one of the most misguided missives ever to emerge from NCAA headquarters,* please stop suggesting the NCAA needs to crush Penn State’s football program because of the Sandusky tragedy. It may make a bunch of rival fans feel better if a bunch of players who were in elementary school in 2001 suffer, but it won’t solve anything. It won’t help anyone heal. It won’t send any message that matters.
* Here is how these things work. Something awful such as the Sandusky case happens, and people at powerful organizations such as the NCAA feel they have to say something. This is partially the fault of people in my business who constantly call for comment and partially the fault of the people inside NCAA headquarters who failed to realize that they needed to butt out of this issue in the absence of actual NCAA violations.
The messages that matter will come from the juries who convict and the judges who sentence. If former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz are convicted of perjury, then hopefully they’ll get thrown in the general population of a state prison and forced to wear signs around their necks advertising that they helped a child molester. If former president Graham Spanier is found to have helped the cover-up, then hopefully he’ll be charged appropriately, convicted and mistreated in a similar manner while in prison. (I’m aware part of this is unconstitutional. So they probably shouldn’t do that part. Still, a relatively comfortable imprisonment is better than what someone who would do these things deserves.)
When arguing with NCAA Death Penalty advocates on Twitter, a common refrain from them is that if the NCAA doesn’t punish Penn State’s football program, no one will learn the proper lesson from this case. Canceling football games and revoking scholarships will do nothing to teach the necessary lesson — which is that if a man doesn’t exercise human decency and do the right thing to protect those who can’t protect themselves, then he’ll be fired and could go to jail.
As for Paterno, he is gone. Some seem to think the e-mails leaked to CNN exposed something, but anyone with common sense and a rudimentary knowledge of how a major college football program works wasn’t surprised. Besides, little that emerges from this point forward will change anyone’s opinion of the man. There will forever be two camps with few people in between. If Penn Staters want a statue on their campus of a man who won a lot of football games, graduated a lot of players, raised a lot of money and — either through his action or his inaction — helped a child rapist keep operating, that is their prerogative.
Those in favor of an NCAA attack on Penn State believe this only happened because of the football program. Did the men act to protect the football program? Yes, but only because they either worked for it or were closely aligned with it. This was about self-preservation. Had they gone to the authorities, this would have been a major scandal in 2001. Curley almost certainly would have been gone for signing off on any plan that allowed Sandusky access to the facilities. Paterno, coming off a 5-7 season in 2000 and hearing calls for his retirement, could have lost his job as well. They weren’t protecting the program. They were protecting themselves.
Think of it this way: If Sandusky was a recently retired surgeon, Paterno was the chief of surgery and Curley was the dean of Penn State’s College of Medicine, would you be asking the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to make it impossible for Penn State to continue training physicians 11 years after the fact? Of course you wouldn’t.
Nothing meaningful will be learned if the NCAA crushes Penn State’s football program despite a lack of evidence that any NCAA rules were actually broken. This could change if Judge Louis Freeh’s investigation turns up evidence of actual NCAA violations. If the Freeh Report contains evidence of academic fraud to keep athletes eligible or any other chicanery banned in the NCAA’s manual, then the NCAA will have jurisdiction. Failing that, all the NCAA could do is commit a massive abuse of power — which is exactly the same thing that got Penn State in trouble in the first place.
The NCAA’s own rules seem to forbid it from applying the Death Penalty in this case. The Death Penalty consists of several major elements: a one- or two-year ban on outside competition and a two-year ban on new scholarships and recruiting. But, according to NCAA rules, the Death Penalty can only be applied to a school that has “Repeat Violator” status. To achieve that status, a school must have been convicted of a major violation in the five years preceding the current violation. Penn State had no such violation. That might not matter, though.
Even without Repeat Violator status, the NCAA has the latitude to apply penalties that would mimic the Death Penalty and effectively cripple Penn State’s football program. John Infante, the author of the excellent Bylaw Blog, explained that any major violation that reflects a lack of institutional control would allow the NCAA to issue a one-year ban on outside competition. Infante added that the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions also could impose scholarship sanctions. If the committee chose, it could wipe out an entire recruiting class.
What rule would the NCAA claim Penn State broke? Ohio State fans should be intimately familiar with Bylaw 10.1, which forbids Unethical Conduct. The NCAA manual includes a list of circumstances in which 10.1 would apply, but makes sure to leave it open-ended by using the phrase “may include, but is not limited to.” This bylaw is the NCAA’s catch-all, and it usually is used to hammer coaches or administrators who lie to NCAA investigators. Conceivably, the NCAA could tag former athletic department employees Paterno, Curley and Mike McQueary with violations of Bylaw 10.1 for their failure to act after McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in a shower. (Cumulatively, these violations could draw the Lack of Institutional Control charge.) I studied 177 cases involving violations of 10.1 last year for a column about Jim Tressel, and every one of those 10.1 violations was attached to another violation of an existing NCAA rule. To apply it without attaching it to another violation would also be an extraordinary precedent.
An extraordinarily dangerous precedent.
If the schools that run the NCAA alter their own rules for an ex post facto smashing of Penn State, they would essentially empower the NCAA for all sorts of retroactive enforcement. How would Oregon feel if the NCAA could rewrite the rulebook after the fact to ban payments to street agents? Oregon has mounted a defense of its $25,000 payment in 2010 to bogus recruiting service operator Will Lyles, and the program just might get away with it without suffering dire consequences. Existing NCAA rules manage dealings with boosters, but they say little about handlers. Given the power to juke the rules, the NCAA could say it always meant to outlaw payments to handlers. Since Oregon paid Lyles by check, it wouldn’t have any defense. You may consider that justice in the Oregon case, but it would be patently un-American justice. The framers of the U.S. Constitution didn’t even wait until the Bill of Rights to ban ex post facto laws, which would allow the government to punish someone for an act that was legal when the person committed it. That ban applies only to the justice system and not private entities such as the NCAA, but most private entities respect the concept because it is one of our nation’s core principles.
Besides, Penn State may have bigger problems. While this case doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the NCAA, it does fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Education. A Department of Education investigation that results in a termination of Penn State’s accreditation would essentially amount to the Death Penalty for the entire university. Given the fact that such a punishment would put thousands of people out of work, Penn State might fall into the “too big to fail” category. Still, the possibility must fray the nerves of the thousands in State College who had nothing to do with this atrocity.
Unless Freeh’s inquiry turns up actual violations of NCAA bylaws, Penn Staters should not have to worry about the NCAA destroying their football team. That doesn’t help anyone. Hopefully, the people involved in the cover-up at Penn State will pay dearly. Hopefully, that will send the necessary message that protecting children always outweighs professional concerns. Given the weight of the other aspects of this case, tearing down the football program would just be petty.
Staples offers to buy Office Depot for $2.1 billion
Staples is once again proposing to buy rival Office Depot in a $2.1 billion deal, five years after the US government squashed their prior merger agreement.
The $40-per-share offer price for Office Depot’s parent company, ODP Corp., is a roughly 60% premium over its average closing price for the last 90 trading days. The all-cash transaction, according to Staples, is a “compelling value proposition” and is a “superior to the intrinsic, standalone value” of Office Depot.
Office Depot shares soared about 10% in premarket trading. Staples went private in 2017, selling itself to Sycamore Partners, a firm focused on keeping distressed retailers afloat.
Staples said it’s “prepared to take all necessary measures” to get the merger approved by the Federal Trade Commission, which said in 2015 that the combination would give the combined companies too large a chunk of the office supply retail market and would violate antitrust law.
To avoid antitrust scrutiny, Staples proposed selling its IT management company CompuCom or its business-to-business unit. Doing that might lead to Staples increase its proposal price, it said. The regulatory process could take about six months, the company estimated, and Staples is urging ODP’s board to “instruct management to cooperate with the regulatory authorities as soon as possible.”
Office Depot didn’t immediately return CNN Business’ request for comment. Monday’s proposal is about a third of the purchase price of the original 2015 purchase agreement of $6.3 billion.
This marks the third time in about 25 years that the companies have tried to merge, including once in 1997. Staples and Office Depot have faced intense competition from retail stores that are not traditional office suppliers like Amazon and Walmart.
Luffing Sal is one of several animatronic characters that were created primarily to draw carnival and amusement park goers to funeral homes and dark attractions throughout the United States. His movements were accompanied by a hoarse laugh, which sometimes frightened young children and annoyed adults.
Luffing Sal (sometimes mistakenly called “Laughing Sal”) was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) in Germantown, Pennsylvania during the 1920s and early 1930s.PTC commissioned the Old King Cole Papier Mache Company of Canton, Ohio to make the figurines.
The figure was 6 feet 10 “(2.0 m) high, including a 12” (30 cm) plinth. It was made of papier-mâché, consisting of seven layers of compressed cardboard with horsehair reinforcement, attached to steel skeins and a frame. There was no hat in the kit — the hats were added by the customer — but there was a fake wig and the top cutter was missing. The head, arms, hands and feet were removable and held together with cloth, staples, pins, nails, nuts and bolts.When activated, the figure waved its arms and leaned back and forth. The player, hidden in the pedestal, played a stack of phonographic records at a speed of 78 rpm, which showed a woman laughing. When the recordings ended, the operator of the attraction folded and restarted them. The woman named Tanya Garth laughed.
PTC created two more figures attention grabbing (attention grabbing) Luffing Sam and Blackie Barker , which used a similar design.At Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California, Sal, Sam, and Blackie were at the center of their Luff in Darkness ride.
Luffing Sal was an integral part of the Balboa Entertainment Zone in Newport Beach, California when it opened in 1936. Decades later, the park learned that Funni-Frite Inc. from Pickerington, Ohio, there are still original casts of Luffing Sal’s head and hands. and instructed them to make an updated Sal to stand over the entrance to their Dread Dark Ride.An endless cassette recorder provided sound. The figurine was removed after the attraction closed in 2005.
The asking price of Salt in 1940 was $ 360, the equivalent of $ 6,650 today; in 2004, the one now in Santa Cruz, California cost a bidder $ 50,000.
As one of the first animated figures in an amusement park, Luffing Sal is considered the forerunner of many animatronic figures seen on landmarks around the world, including audio animatronic figures in Disney parks.
Luffing Sal’s appearances
- Luffing Sal looks at the stars of Audrey Totter and Edmond O’Brien in the 1953 film The Man in the Dark , filmed at Ocean Park Pier.
- Luffing Sal appears briefly in the 2001 film The Princess Diaries .
- The Laffing Sal soundtrack was used at Neutral Milk Hotel’s in an airplane over the sea, as noted in the booklet for their “Holland 1945” single.
- Luffing Sal appears twice in the 1950 film Running Woman during the closing scenes filmed at Ocean Park Pier.
- The opening scene of the 1951 version M also shows Luffing Sal at Ocean Park Pier.
- Technicolor of the 1954 3-D film Gorilla Unleashed features Luffing Sal and Luffing Sam at Pike (then called Nu Pike) in Long Beach, California.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti referred to “Laughing Woman in Luna Park / Near the Amusement House” in his 1958 poem “Autobiography”.
- Episode 1963 Perry Mason , “Round Trip”, shows Luffing Sal and Luffing Sam at Nu-Pike amusement park in Long Beach, California.
- Episode “The Wizard with Bill Bixby” features Luffing Sal at Nu Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California in the early 1970s.
- Luffing Sal was featured in the animated series Zippie Pinhead on April 16, 1998.
- Luffing Sal appears in issue # 5 of the DC Comics series Gotham City Sirens .
- Luffing Sal is mentioned several times in the song “Willie Mays Is Up At Bat” on Chuck Prophet Temple Beautiful (2012).
- Luffing Sal appears in the 1984 series Partners in Crime, starring Linda Carter and Loni Anderson in . She can be seen in the pilot episode.
- Luffing Sal appeared in the maze around Man at Burning Man 2015
- Luffing Sal appears in Roger Corman’s 1963 film X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes .
- Luffing Sal can be seen and heard in the background of a comic book store in 1987 movie Missing Boys.
- Balboa Fun Zone Scary Dark Ride in Newport Beach, California (closed in 2005 to provide space for the Newport Maritime Museum)
- Buckeye Lake Park, Ohio, closed 1970, current location unknown
- Crystal Beach Park in Ontario, Canada, closed in 1989, Sal is in private collection
- Erivue Park in Cleveland, Ohio, Sal disappeared several years before the park closed in 2006.
- Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland, Ohio (closed in 1969; the figure is now privately owned and is still on display at local home days)
- Hamid Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the entrance to the Laff Trakk coaster.
- Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio (this figure only appears during Halloween as part of the scary rides. This is a remake dubbed Laughing Sally).
- Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. There is strong evidence that this one (dubbed “Laffin Lena” in Idora Park) was auctioned off to the Playground Not on the Beach Museum. At a recent auction in 2018, it was announced that this is still the same Laffin ‘Sal.
- Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, closed in 1970, Sal’s whereabouts are unknown.
- Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sal is inside the arcade.
- Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, Colorado
- Loca Luna in Little Rock, Arkansas has a restaurant called Laffing Sal, which some claim was once located in War Memorial Amusement Park, which closed in the early 1990s. Others claim that one of the local amusement parks was auctioned to someone in Ohio, while Loca Luna sold another Laffing Sal.
- Memory Lane Arcade in Frankenmouth, Michigan, closed in 2004, current location unknown.
- Hunt Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey
- Musée Mécanique (at Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf (copy of Luffing Sal, bought at auction; San Francisco, CA)
- Meyers Lake Park in Canton, Ohio (closed 1974; Laffing Sal is now in the McKinley Historical Museum in Canton, Ohio)
- Ocean City Life Station Museum in Ocean City, Maryland
- Pacific Park Santa Monica, California, where he was known as Luffing Gertrude
- Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey, closed in 1971, current location unknown
- Laff-in-the-Dark dark ride, Pike, Long Beach, CA, current location unknown
- San Francisco Beach Playground (closed in 1972 and Luffing Sal’s head and hat were stolen.J. Ets Hotkins commissioned local artists to create a new head. One was bought at auction in 1972 by Musée Mécanique, and the original Sal, without its original head and hat, was also sold in 1972, but it had a succession of owners and was eventually bought by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at auction in 2004 .)
- Playland-Not-At-The-Beach in El Cerrito, California has three Laughing Sals. The first is a traditional view from an Ohio amusement park, presumably Idora Park.The second, known as Sinister Sal, was specially created by sculptor Chuck Jarman of Bump-in-The-Night Productions. The third, Psycho Sal, appears in the Halloween season. All three models were purchased by individual bidders at an auction held after the closure of Playland-Not-At-The-Beach – current whereabouts are unknown.
- Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts, park closed, current location unknown
- Riverview Park in Des Moines, Iowa (converted to Luffing Sam), closed 1978, current location unknown
- The Santa Cruz Beach promenade in California (from Playland on the Beach) is still on the boardwalk and has been restored.
- Rock Savin in West Haven, Connecticut. Shown outside the dark Death Valley ride. (closed in 1966)
- Seabreeze Park in Rochester, New York was removed in the 1970s.
- Ocean View Amusement Park, “Laff In The Dark”, Norfolk, VA (closed 1979)
- Silver Beach Amusement Park and New Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph, Michigan (this figure is a modern replica of the Luffin Salad that used to be in Silver Beach Park)
- Playroom Baka Gaijin, known as Clown Keith, location not confirmed
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Giant Canyon Swing, Colorado, USA. The attraction is located on the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 400 meters and sways at a speed of 80 km per hour.
Formula Rossa (Ferrari World), Abu Dhabi, UAE. The fastest roller coaster, in 4.9 seconds the trolleys accelerate to 240 km / h.
Takabisha (Fuji-Q Highland Park), Fujiyoshida, Japan. The attraction is famous all over the world because of the largest descent angle – 121 degrees, thanks to which the feeling of absolute weightlessness is achieved for a few seconds.
Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, UK, North Wales. A 1.5-kilometer cable allows a person to zip over the mountains at a speed of 161 km / h.
InsanIo (Beach Park Fortaleza) Fortaleza, Brazil.The tallest water slide in the world. Height 41 meters, falling speed – up to 105 km / h.
Dodonpa, Fujiyoshida, Japan. Roller coaster with four times the acceleration of its own fall. In less than two seconds, the trailer accelerates to 172 km / h.
Sling Shot, Cyprus, Ayia Napa Lunapark. A 35-meter-high slingshot in a couple of seconds lifts visitors to the height of a 15-storey building, and then allows them to plummet down.And so several times in a row.
Kingda Ka, New Jersey, USA. The highest metal slide in the world – 139 meters. The trolley accelerates to 205 km / h in 3.5 seconds.
Above the Roof of the World, Las Vegas, USA. On the observation tower of the Stratosphere Las Vegas hotel-casino, there are three of the scariest attractions in the world.
The Big Shot catapult lifts visitors to a height of 329 meters at a speed of 70 km / h and fourfold acceleration, for a few seconds daredevils admire the landscape from the best observation deck in America, and then fall down.
Insanity carousel, in which visitors rotate in open booths at a height of 300 meters and are separated from the edge of the roof by a distance of 20 meters.
X Scream carriage. The rail is at a sharp slope, the trolley accelerates rapidly and flies into the abyss, going over the edge of the roof. At the moment of braking, the nose of the trailer is far beyond the end of the rail.
Free Fall Zone (Ohio, Paramount).The platform of the attraction rises to a height of 100 meters, which is equal to the height of a 26-storey building. After inspecting the surrounding beauty, thrill-seekers plummet down at a speed of 100 km / h.
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10 scariest attractions in the world
Today in Russia the industry of such entertainment as attractions, in particular slides, is poorly developed, in contrast to European countries.
But residents are actively interested in innovations in this area, so the top 10 scariest rides in the world are presented to your attention.
- 10. The Incredible Hulk ride (Islands of Adventure Park), Orlando, USA
- 9. Free Fall Zone (Cedar Point Park), Ohio, USA
- 8.Kingda Ka (Six Flags Park) New Jersey, USA
- 7. Colossus (Thorpe Park), Surrey, England
- 6. Superman Ride of Steel (Six Flags Park), Massachusetts, USA
- 5.X2 (Six Flags Park), Los Angeles, USA
- 4. Eejanaika Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Fujiyoshida, Japan
- 3. Tower of Terror (Dreamworld Gold Coast Park), Gold Coast, Australia
- 2. Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
- 1. Firebird, Sochi-Park, Russia
10. The Incredible Hulk ride (Islands of Adventure Park), Orlando, USA
A special feature is that the speed gains up to 72 kilometers per hour takes just a couple of seconds.This will undoubtedly affect your well-being. If you have not experienced real fear and panic, then this attraction is what you need.
9. Free Fall Zone (Cedar Point Park), Ohio, USA
The Free Fall Zone is not for the faint of heart, but for the hardy, brave, extreme-loving tourists. But there are those who still want to take the risk and ride this wonderful slide. After the booth with these daredevils rises to a height comparable to a 26-storey building, many of them lose their voices.And for some it is the other way around.
8.Kingda Ka (Six Flags Park) New Jersey, USA
Three American Six Flags parks can boast of having the scariest attractions at once. The one in New Jersey has the most terrifying roller coaster called Kingda Ka, the ride is a stunning twisted loop. This slide opened in early 2005.
The travel time is only fifty seconds, but during this period you will experience real horror.A record height of 140 meters was recorded and set here. As for the speed of the cab, here it is simply incredible – 206 kilometers per hour. It is also worth noting that at the moment of braking you will feel yourself in zero gravity, which is also very exciting.
7. Colossus (Thorpe Park), Surrey, England
Entertainment center opened in 2002. As you know, this slide is the first in the world in terms of the number of inversion loops. There are ten of them here.If you are a thrill-seeker, then you should sit forward. You will not regret!
6. Superman Ride of Steel (Six Flags Park), Massachusetts, USA
It is especially scary to go down into the tunnel, which is 221 meters long, because there you will be completely disoriented for a little more than two and a half minutes. You won’t have time to relax a little. Do not think that all the terrible is over – it is waiting for you ahead!
5.X2 (Six Flags Park), Los Angeles, USA
And if you want an adrenaline rush to the very top, one of the world’s scariest rides awaits you.Its seats are on the sides of the cars, as if in the air, which allows them to rotate freely back and forth, back and forth, creating a spinning effect. And it continues throughout the one-kilometer steel labyrinth.
And so that passengers do not get bored at a speed of 122 km / h, they are encouraged by music, flashing lights and fiery volleys.
4. Eejanaika Fuji-Q Highland Fujiyoshida, Fujiyoshida, Japan
For example, in the Japanese park Fujikyu Highlands, located in Yamanashi Prefecture, there is an attraction whose name translates roughly as “hey, what the hell is this.”This is what you hear when passengers shout in Japanese on a windblown ride.
The world’s second “4-D” ride (the second is the American X2) has the same 360-degree turns and insane riding style as the X2.
But there are significant differences between these attractions: the Japanese track is slightly longer, and the path is much higher. And from the top, a breathtaking, albeit short-lived, sight of Mount Fuji opens up.
3. Tower of Terror (Dreamworld Gold Coast Park), Gold Coast, Australia
2.Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
1. Firebird, Sochi-Park, Russia
When the daredevils take their places, the platform lifts them to dizzying heights. The sensations are simply unimaginable: it seems that in just a moment you will fly into the stratosphere. And let the screams of passengers on the video of the scariest attraction in the world prove it to you.
Not for the faint of heart: 10 scariest places in the world
If it seems to you that there is nothing more terrible in the world than Dracula’s castle, then you read a lot and travel a little.Island of dolls, cemetery of hanging coffins, forest of suicides – ELLE has selected the TOP-10 of the most terrible places in the world, visiting which can not only expand your horizons, but also deprive you of sleep.
Nazca is the name of a city and desert plateau in southern Peru. The tiny city with a population of 27 thousand people is constantly teeming with tourists. Some want to look at the mysterious drawings left on the dry desert ground, while others want to visit the Chauchilla cemetery.
Spread out in the suburbs of Nazca, this necropolis is literally open to visitors.Imagine large pits made with sticks in which the dead sit. The amazing technology of embalming has kept the bodies – at least bones – in perfect order.
Among the inhabitants of Chauchilla, there are plenty of those who can boast of lush hairstyles – despite the fact that the last dead man was buried here 11 centuries ago.
The city on the banks of the river of the same name is located two kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Until April 27, 1986, it was a rapidly developing atomic city, all the inhabitants of which were somehow related to the nuclear power plant.
Immediately after the monstrous accident at the station, almost fifty thousand of its population was evacuated and the city turned into a monument. Rather, to the memorial. So it stands for more than thirty years empty, becoming a creepy open-air museum.
Residential buildings, a hospital, kindergartens and schools, playgrounds, a Ferris wheel – everything remains. And not a single soul.
The Echo Valley in the Philippines is full of rocks. Coffins hang on them close to each other. The locals are convinced that the higher the body of the deceased is, the faster he will be in heaven.Forcing them to bury their bodies is useless. The tradition of burying the dead in the air has existed for more than two thousand years, and the locals do not tell how and what the coffins are attached to – this is a secret.
There are many islands in the suburbs of Mexico City, the most famous of course is La Isla de las Muñecas, the Island of the Dolls. In the fifties of the last century, a young man named Julian Barrera witnessed the death of a child, a girl who drowned near this island. Barrera kept her doll for himself, and from that moment the spirit of the deceased began to appear to him.
To appease the spirit, Julian began to hang the old dolls found in the garbage dumps on the island. And in the end he settled on this island himself. In 2001, after his death (Barrera, like the same girl, drowned near the island), the enthusiasts, his relatives, continued the business. There are many dolls here and together they look very creepy.
The real name of the mansion located in Transylvania is Bran, but it is known, of course, as the castle of Dracula, Count Vlad the Fourth, who received the nickname the Piercer because of his love of perching on the stake of his subjects.
The castle, built on the edge of the abyss, is one hundred percent embodiment of the Gothic style: gloomy decoration, howling sounds (caused by the chimney, which starts to buzz in strong winds). The main attraction of the castle is Dracula’s bedroom with a huge bed, it is here, according to legend, that the owner preferred to drink the blood of his victims.
The “house” looks very well-groomed, for which thanks to Francis Ford Coppola, who invested in the reconstruction of the castle when filming there his adaptation of the novel by Bram Stoker.
The Church of St. Jiri (St. George) has been located in the Czech village of Lukova since the 14th century. It was emptied in 1968, after a fire broke out during the funeral service and the roof collapsed.
Several years ago the sculptor Yakov Khadrava, preparing for the delivery of his thesis, decided to turn the church into a platform for his experiments. And he populated the empty building with human statues, whose heads are covered with bedspreads. The sight is fascinating and scary.
Teachers, by the way, were also imbued with Jacob’s diploma – in this original form – accepted.
The famous Mount Fuji is known not only for itself: at its foot lies Aokigahara, a dense forest full of rocky caves. Aokigahara is incredibly quiet and very, very dark. Already in ancient times, the forest was considered a place of “residence” of monsters and ghosts.
And it was here that the inhabitants brought and left their loved ones, whom they could not feed, – the frail old people and children. Aokigahara’s dark reputation attracts people who tend to take their own lives there.
Over the past 60 years, the bodies of more than five hundred suicides have been found in the forest – in this sense, Aokigahara is second only to the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Not surprisingly, the “Suicide Forest” is filled to capacity with signs urging potential suicides to come to their senses. The Japanese believe that once they enter Aokigahara, they will not be able to get out of it. Therefore, it is visited only by rescuers looking for those who want to commit suicide, and daredevil tourists.
It was buried here for four centuries in a row, until the end of the 18th century. There was little room, a lot of bodies. As a result, more than 100,000 dead people found shelter in a small area.
So that there was enough space for everyone, the old tombstones were covered with earth and new ones were immediately installed.Thus, 12 layers of graves were accumulated.
Over time, some layers of the sagging earth crawled out into the light of day, having run into later ones, and the cemetery looked like a crowd at rush hour on public transport.
Here it is, South American Gothic at its finest. The Manchak Swamp is located near New Orleans and is called nothing less than a swamp of ghosts.
Slaves fled here from their masters, but none of them got out of here – all were eaten by giant crocodiles.The spirits of the dead and those very crocodiles are the main ingredients in the creepy Manchak menu, a place that so attracts tourists.
Excursions are actively conducted through the swamp, both during the day and at night.
Built in Portugal in the 16th century, the chapel is filled with the remains of monks: in total, more than five thousand people are buried there. Bones, skulls are everywhere, wherever you look. And the inscription on the roof of the building – “Better a day of death than a birthday” – sets you up for an optimistic mood.
Entertainment is not for the faint of heart. Top 10 terrifying rides
PoZITIFFCHiK presents to your attention the top ten most extreme attractions, riding which even the most fearless visitor will not remain indifferent. Do not forget to buckle up, it will be exciting!
Dodonpa. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Arriving in Japan, you simply cannot ignore this magnificence of metal and speed.Such a roller coaster with incredible acceleration.
Why, the speed of movement is four times the speed of free fall! Just imagine what feelings you will experience with such incredible acceleration! You will rush at a speed of 175 km / h, and accelerate to this limit in just 2 seconds.
Cool? Not that word! Everyone is interested in the question: how long will it take you to ride like this? The answer is simple: only 55 seconds, but they will seem incredibly long to you.Are you ready to take the risk?
Dodonpa. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Dodonpa. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Dodonpa. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Drop tower. Paramount, USA
On the surface, it would seem, nothing supernatural: well, a tall tower, well, they saw it higher. In fact, in such an inconspicuous-looking design, there is an incredible charge of adrenaline and speed.
Everyone is strapped in and carefully lifted to a height of 100 meters, so you can imagine, it’s like a 26-storey building, impressive, right? And now, imagine, you are sitting on this top of the world and looking at the views around you with bated breath.
And suddenly you start falling down at a speed of more than 100 km / h, and just in front of the ground – a sharp deceleration. Exciting impressions, screams of fear and delight are the eternal companions of this attraction.
Drop tower. Paramount, USA
Drop tower. Paramount, USA
Drop tower. Paramount, USA
Insano. Fortaleza, Brazil
One name says a lot, because Insano is translated as “insane”.Only true hunters for extreme sensations will dare to ride on this highest water slide in the world, whose height is neither more nor less than 41 meters.
Would you take the risk? We are still thinking, because the speed of the fall here is about 105 km / h, a lot, will you agree? So lovers of moderate speed, definitely, by. But for true connoisseurs of adrenaline – welcome.
Moreover, this slide is included in the Guinness Book of Records.
Insano. Fortaleza, Brazil
Insano. Fortaleza, Brazil
Giant Canyon Swing. Colorado, USA
Can you imagine a swing swinging you over an abyss 400 meters high? But the Americans can imagine it, and not only imagine, but also swing on such a swing. The attraction is designed for only four passengers, who are swung at a speed of 80 km / h over the cliff itself.This is just breathtaking!
- Giant Canyon Swing. Colorado, USA
- Giant Canyon Swing. Colorado, USA
- Giant Canyon Swing. Colorado, USA
Kingda Ka. New Jersey, USA
This is the most dynamic attraction in the world: here a trolley with passengers reaches a speed of 205 km / h in just 3.5 seconds – this is where the real adrenaline and an explosion of emotions are! And if we add to this the fact that this is the tallest metal slide in the world, because its height is 139 meters, this is an exciting sensation.Just imagine yourself flying down such a high slide! You are right, it is impossible to imagine, it is possible only to feel it. We would take the risk, would you?
- Kingda Ka. New Jersey, USA
- Kingda Ka. New Jersey, USA
- Kingda Ka. New Jersey, USA
Steel Dragon 2000. Nagashima, Japan
The Japanese did not bother with the name: the attraction was opened in 2000, just the year of the dragon, well, it is made of metal – everything is simple. But this is where all the simple ends, and the incredible speed begins, the frantic pounding of the heart and seemingly held breath.
And all because it is the longest attraction in the world, the length of which is 2.5 km.
Just imagine, these kilometers of the steel giant, the height is 100 meters, is it impressive? The whole structure resembles a writhing huge dragon: ups and downs at a speed of 150 km / h – only here you can experience a truly exciting sensation, so go ahead, tame the dragon.
- Steel Dragon 2000. Nagashima, Japan
- Steel Dragon 2000.Nagashima, Japan
- Steel Dragon 2000. Nagashima, Japan
Stratosphere. Las Vegas, USA
We had no doubt that there was something in this city of entertainment that would make the adrenaline rush just off scale. This is not just an attraction – it is three in one: three incredibly extreme attractions are located on the observation tower of the Stratosphere Las Vegas hotel-casino, and all this at an altitude of 350 meters.
Stratosphere. Las Vegas, USA
Big Shot Catapult: here you are lifted to a height of almost 330 meters, for a few seconds you can hold your breath and look at Las Vegas in all its glory, and then you will fall down in incredible acceleration.This is only for real daredevils, and, as you know, girls are very determined personalities, so it suits us.
Stratosphere Big Shot. Las Vegas, USA
Insanity Carousel: Imagine a carousel at 300 meters that spins you up – it’s cool. Now add to all this the breathtaking look and the breeze that plays with your hair. Have you presented? All this is reality, because the booths on this carousel are completely open.
Stratosphere Insanity. Las Vegas, USA
X Sctream Trailer: A trailer for eight passengers.Nothing special, you might say, but it’s not that simple: the rails here are sloped downward.
The carriage is accelerating at an incredible speed, and it seems to you that it will now derail and simply fly down.
But in the very last seconds there is a sharp braking, but the front of the car still goes far beyond the rail. This is such a journey to nowhere.
Stratosphere X Sctream. Las Vegas, USA
Takabisha. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Another roller coaster, you say.But no, it has its own flavor that made this attraction famous all over the world.
Do you think only astronauts can achieve complete weightlessness? Thanks to these slides, you can also experience this feeling. And all because the angle of descent here is the largest in the world and reaches 121 degrees.
Thanks to this, for a few seconds you can feel the state of complete weightlessness, and this is really cool!
- Takabisha. Fujiyoshida, Japan
- Takabisha.Fujiyoshida, Japan
- Takabisha. Fujiyoshida, Japan
Top Thrill Dragster. Sandusky, USA
This attraction deserves attention, because there is everything here: the highest slides with a 90-degree angle of fall, incredibly long tracks, a twisted fall, is this not a real extreme? The opening took place back in 2003 and simply amazed all fans of extreme attractions. Yes, today there are higher slides in the world, but it is here that you can feel all the components at once: a flight down at an incredible speed from a great height, a twisted fall of as much as 120 meters, and just a speed of 190 km / h in a trolley.Hurry up to try everything at once!
- Top Thrill Dragster. Sandusky, USA
- Top Thrill Dragster. Sandusky, USA
- Top Thrill Dragster. Sandusky, USA
Formula Rossa. Abu Dhabi, UAE
So we got to the fastest roller coaster in the world: the speed here reaches 240 km / h in just over 4 seconds.
This is a real flight and nothing less! The length of this attraction is also quite long and is 2.2 km.And the trolley itself is shaped like a racing car.
So, if you have always wanted to feel like a Formula 1 pilot, feel free to choose this attraction.
- Formula Rossa. Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Formula Rossa. Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Formula Rossa. Abu Dhabi, UAE
That’s all for now. Travel, charge with adrenaline and don’t forget to share your impressions with your friends!
Top 10 scariest attractions in the world (photo and video)
Do you like attractions? If you think this is child’s play, then you probably just don’t know that there are such scary rides that only the brave will decide to ride them.
Scariest rides: top 10
1. “Above the roof of the world” . Las Vegas has a very tall observation tower, the Stratosphere, which reaches 350 meters in height, and it is the second highest observation tower in the entire western hemisphere.Why is this place significant and surprising? In fact, it combines three attractions at once not for the faint of heart.
The first is the Big Shot tower. The name translates as “big shot” and speaks for itself. You will be seated on a platform and strapped down, and then lifted to a height of 329 meters at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour. This place was opened in 1996, and it is the “oldest” on the “Stratosphere”.
The second attraction located here is the Insanity carousel.You might think that this is the simplest and most common carousel, but it is located at an altitude of 300 m almost above the abyss, and another 20 meters away from the edge of the roof. You will be spun with a fairly significant acceleration, while you will be placed face down.
And finally, the X Scream trailer. In it you will be dispersed and sent almost into the abyss. The nose of the trailer will hover over the abyss, and it will seem to you that you are about to fall. Those who want to ride in such a crazy trailer, by the way, are few.
2. “Giant Canyon” is located in the state of Colorado in America. At the very edge of the cliff (you will have to fall from it at least 400 meters) there is a swing with long rods. You and three other madmen will be seated on this swing and will be rolled at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour over the very abyss.
By the way, to visit this attraction, you need to sign a document stating that riding can lead to injuries, falls and death. It is worth considering!
3.”Catapult” in the amusement park “Divo Ostrov” in St. Petersburg. There are cables attached to two huge columns, which provide a strong tension and allow the capsule (it is attached to these same cables) to fly up to a height of 54 meters at a tremendous speed. Then you come back, but then you take off again under the influence of your own weight and inertia.
In this case, the capsule has the ability to rotate around its axis, so that dizzying (in the literal sense of the word) emotions are provided to you.There is a similar attraction in another place, it is called “The Flying Dutchman”, but the height of the rise is lower and is only 35-40 meters, but there is an enchanting illumination. You can also order a video and then see your frightened face.
4. Paramount (OH) Free Fall Zone . Want to check if you are afraid of heights? Visit this attraction. It is a pillar about 100 meters high and a platform placed on it.
First, you will be lifted to the top of the pillar so that you can explore the surroundings and enjoy the views, and then literally thrown down so that you can feel and understand what a free fall is.By the way, you will fall at a speed of about 100 kilometers per hour.
5. Formula Rossa at Ferrari Park, located in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). This is truly the fastest roller coaster in the world. So, in just 5 seconds, a speed of 240 kilometers per hour develops, which is incredibly high. The overloads are almost comparable to those experienced by astronauts.
And since the speed is prohibitive, all riders are given special glasses to protect their eyes.You will soar into the sky to a height of over 50 meters, and then almost in free fall heading down. Impressive? Watch the video and you will understand what emotions can be experienced on such an attraction.
6. Also on the list is the “Smiler” , which is a roller coaster, but not quite ordinary. First, there is a record number of dead loops, namely 14.
Second, the highest loop is at 30 meters.Thirdly, the attraction was developed by engineers under the guidance of psychologists, who were tasked with increasing the fear factor.
That is why, in addition to high speed (about 85 kilometers per hour) and impressive altitude, you can enjoy realistic optical illusions: bright blinding light, syringes flying into the rolling, and much more. Surprisingly, the entire trip will only take 165 seconds, but the experience will last a lifetime.
7. Kingda Ka roller coaster .Their uniqueness lies in the prohibitive height of 139 meters. The hydraulic mechanism will accelerate you in 3.5 seconds to 206 kilometers per hour. Just imagine: tremendous speed and prohibitive height! Unfortunately, in May 2009, lightning struck the structure, which damaged the mechanism.
But a major overhaul was carried out, which made it possible to completely restore the attraction and ensure its correct and safe operation. By the way, if you look at the photo of “Kingda Ka”, you can be convinced that it is really colossal.
8. Roller coaster Takabisha , located in Japan, is famous for having the largest angle of inclination, which is 121 degrees.
First you will dive into the tunnel, but at first you will drive so slowly that you will notice your heart pounding. The engines will then accelerate the cockpit.
Having reached about the middle of the way, you literally fall from a height of 43 meters down and in just a few seconds accelerate to a speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
Then another couple of bends, a sharp turn and the end of the path. The total length of the slide is about 1 kilometer, but this distance will be covered incredibly quickly. At some point, it may seem to you that you are floating in zero gravity, but a rapid fall will literally return you to reality and make you scared.
9. Not far from one of the small Brazilian towns of Fortaleza, there is a unique water park. What is he famous for? The fact that it has the world’s highest water slide.By the way, the record has not been broken yet. The height is about 40 meters, which is equal to the height of a 14-storey building.
Just imagine what a scale! Having reached the top, you can enjoy the stunning views that open up in front of you: sea, palm trees, sandy beach. Descent from the hill is a real free fall that will last only 4-6 seconds. But in such a short period of time, a person can develop considerable speed and accelerate to 100-110 kilometers per hour.
By the way, the attraction has a telling name “Insano” , which translates as “madness”. And this is really the most real madness. If you want emotions, a test during the descent, to capture for a lifetime, then get a video with your descent. These shots can be very funny.
10. And another attraction included in the rating of the scariest in the world is “Zip World” in Bethesda (North Wales, UK). It is the world’s longest zip line in the entire Northern Hemisphere, with a length of about 1,700 meters.The cable is located over a beautiful canyon and over a crystal clear lake, passes between the mountains.
Daredevils will first be brought high into the mountains, then they will be given suits and equipment, and then they will be attached to a cable.
During the flight, you will be positioned face down, so that you can appreciate the beauty of nature, as well as experience the fear of the enormous height.
A person descending the cable can reach speeds of 160-170 kilometers per hour. The attraction was opened in 2013, but it has already become famous all over the world and turns the heads of thousands of daredevils.
Would you dare to ride one of the attractions listed above?
Top crazy attractions for tourists, from which the blood runs cold
Live every day as if it is the last in your life. This is the motto chosen by thrill-seekers. Adrenaline becomes an integral part of their lives.
As a rule, such people and rest in a special way.If an ordinary tourist chooses a calm and measured rest, then fans of extreme tourism, even while traveling, just need to tickle their nerves.
Extreme rides popular today may seem like complete madness to a person who is not used to walking on the edge of a knife. While adventure lovers cannot live without such entertainment.
The most dangerous rides
1. Bungee jumping in New Zealand
The so-called bungee jumping today is perhaps one of the most common extreme entertainment among tourists seeking thrill.
The participant of the attraction is tied to a special elastic rope, on which he jumps down from a high point. Special physical training is not required from him. It is enough to have a healthy heart and nerves of steel.
Jumping from the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown is very popular, despite the fact that they are not performed from the highest point.
At first glance, the 43-meter height seems very modest and not at all scary. For comparison, the height from which jumps are made from the Macau Tower in China reaches 233 meters.However, imagine the excitement of a person standing at the top, waiting to jump.
But it was the Kawarau Bridge that became the ancestor of the bungee jumping culture. This was the beginning of the first commercial bungee jumping. Then this hobby spread throughout the world.
Today, there are as many as 3 jumping sites in the city: the Kawarau Bridge (43 meters), the second attraction on the mountain in Queenstown, as well as the highest bungee (134 meters), from where the most notorious daredevils dare to jump.
2. Devil’s Pool in Zambia
This is one of those tourist attractions that seems scarier than it actually is. Every tourist who has visited Zambia considers it his duty to be photographed in such an unusual place.
At certain times of the year, when the dry season hits and the water level drops, this small pool forms a rim over the roaring Victoria Falls.
And no matter how crazy the idea of capturing yourself in a photo at the edge of a roaring waterfall, the chances that you will be overwhelmed by a stormy stream of water and carried down are almost zero.Tourists can swim here without fear of being swept into the raging maelstrom of Victoria.
Swim in the Devil’s Pool under the supervision of a guide. The guide will tell you how and where it is safer to enter the pool, and, if necessary, will surely insure you.
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3. Climbing Mount Huashan in China
The most dangerous hiking trail in the world, or the so-called death trail, is located in the Chinese province of Shaanxi.
At the foot of the mountain, the walk looks quite ordinary. The route, which seems rather harmless at first, gradually turns into a deadly path. The height, at which the tourist has to move, reaches almost 2,000 meters.
A narrow wooden deck, fastened with staples and bolts – this is the very path that extreme sportsmen from all over the world want to try. The brave men, at the same time, hold on to the chain, which is screwed directly into the rock. How exactly is the chain attached to the rock, who regulates it all, and how safe is this ride?
Despite many questions, this entire dubious structure is very popular among tourists from all over the world.The path, laid along the steep vertical cliffs, is not for nothing that it was called the death path, because the attraction is located at a frightening height.
The daredevils walk along the boards nailed above the abyss and move forward, almost sticking to the rock and holding tightly to the chains. There is no final destination, so the traveler will have to go back in the same way.
4. White Nile Rafting in Uganda
Rafting is another fashionable hobby for adventure lovers.Anyone who considers themselves to be adrenaline-addicted dreams of going on a trip along a mountain river and rushing in the direction of a seething stream.
At first glance, rafting fun is not for weaklings. However, with proper safety rules, the risk to the participants of this attraction is minimized.
It’s important not to neglect your lifejacket and helmet – they can save your life. But even if all safety rules are taken into account, not everyone will dare to jump into a small rubber raft and go down on it along the raging river.
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5. Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea
Perhaps 96 kilometers through dense, impenetrable jungle in hot and humid conditions will seem like a good idea to some. However, such entertainment is clearly not to the liking of every tourist.
The Kokoda track is considered one of the most dangerous routes in the world. The notoriety about this place goes far beyond its borders.An ordinary walk in the strange jungle has become something of a rite of passage for the Australians. Kokoda saw a lot of strange deaths.
In 2009, 13 brave men who flew to conquer this strange place were killed in a plane crash here. Several more people died while trying to complete the route. In addition to the unbearable heat, followed by showers or frosts at night, tourists are attacked by swarms of mosquitoes that spread malaria and other serious diseases.
To complete the picture, add to natural disasters and the high risk of stumbling upon unexploded ordnance from the Second World War.
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6. Walking safari in Zimbabwe
At first glance, such an attraction is not fraught with any danger. After all, you go in search of adventure with your guide, who always has a loaded pistol ready for safety. In case of an unforeseen situation, the guide is ready to use the weapon to protect the tourist.
One of the safari destinations is Hwange National Park.Who is not here! Elephants, rhinos, lions and cheetahs can be found in this nature reserve. Only here, in the desert, being almost alone with a wild animal, you can experience indescribable feelings from unity with nature.
Despite the possible danger – you are in close proximity with wild animals – this type of recreation is gaining immense popularity.
7. Scuba diving during the annual Sardine Race in South Africa
Another fashionable trend in extreme tourism is scuba diving.
Every year in June and July, something amazing happens off the coast of Durban in South Africa. This amazing and mesmerizing natural phenomenon is called the sardine race.
Hundreds of thousands of sea sardines migrate from the cold waters of the Cape Needle to the relatively warm waters of the KwaZulu-Natal province for further breeding.
The event did not pass by the diving enthusiasts. Hundreds of thrill-seekers scuba dive here every year during the Sardine Race.
This event also does not go unnoticed among other larger inhabitants of the ocean depths. Hundreds of hungry dolphins, marlins and sharks chase sardines that have strayed from the group and, pushing them to the surface, eat them.
Thanks to special equipment, everyone can become a direct participant in this incredibly beautiful mystery of nature and see the phenomenal spectacle with their own eyes.
8.Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps
The bridge over Lake Trift is considered the longest in the Swiss Alps. Its length reaches 170 meters. And there is a suspension bridge at a height of about 100 meters.
This rather wobbly and unstable structure was modernized in the summer of 2009, primarily for the safety of tourists. After several weeks of renovation work, the bridge was opened to tourists.
The views of even the most sophisticated traveler will have unparalleled views.Well, a portion of adrenaline is certainly provided here.
9. Base jumping in Norway
Base jumping is an extremely extreme sport that uses a special parachute to jump from a particular object.
Only the most desperate daredevils decide on such jumps. The scary statistics of base jumpers’ deaths is the first thing that comes to mind when you mention this sport. However, this does not diminish its popularity. Every year dozens of daredevils rush to conquer new heights.
- Popular places for dangerous and often deadly jumps are the famous Kjerag and Innfjordon plateaus in Norway.
- One can only imagine what stunningly beautiful views open up before the eyes of fearless extreme sportsmen.
- The main task of base jumpers – at least those equipped with a special flight suit with membranes between arms and legs – is to fly as close to the ground as possible without touching it.
However, the flight speed is so high that only a real professional and a lucky one can not crash in a collision with the ground.The basejumper’s outfit makes it look like a bird soaring in the sky.
10. Crossing of the Drake Passage connecting the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Every traveler who has visited Antarctica has heard about this crazy attraction. And the most desperate daredevils even decided to get this invaluable experience – crossing the Drake Passage.
It should be noted that this attraction is not for the faint of heart. Why is the Drake Passage so dangerous? First of all, it is the uncertainty of what the traveler can expect ahead.
The strongest Antarctic circumpolar current passes through the strait. And storms and winds in these latitudes are among the strongest on our planet. This means that the risk of the wind speed reaching 40 m / s here is quite high. Wave heights often exceed 16-17 meters.
Many surprises await the traveler in the Drake Passage. Here you can see real icebergs drifting mainly in the southern part of the strait. If you have motion sickness, forget about this attraction.Insane pitching awaits you throughout the journey.
The most “dangerous stone” in the world
- Returning to the Kjerag plateau in Norway, I would like to note another significant attraction that tourists from all over the world enjoy visiting.
- It is here that you can see one of the most unusual stones on planet Earth – the huge Kjeragbolten boulder.
What is so unusual about this stone? By itself, it is completely inconspicuous, but the location of the stone amazes even the most seasoned travelers who have seen a lot.
Sandwiched between two vertical rocks, Kjeragbolten seemed to hang over an abyss. And it seems that he is about to fall into a huge abyss, taking away a daredevil standing on him, posing for a spectacular photo. And such brave men, by the way, are many.