the world’s top 5 most terrifying roller coasters

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Are you an adrenaline junkie who gets their kicks braving the world’s most extreme amusement park attractions? Do you love the thrill of speed? Do you relish the death-defying twists and turns? Are you at your happiest when strapped into some horrifying, sadistic monster of a ride designed with the apparent purpose of making you vomit, weep and rediscover your nascent religious beliefs all at the same time? Then the rides we’re talking about today are just up your alley, friend! Because these rides seem to have been designed not to amuse, but rather to injure, sicken and traumatize their victims””err riders, we mean.

5 Takabisha (Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan)

The Fuji-Q Highland amusement is located in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, and on its signature ride, the Takabisha roller coaster, you can cross two things off the list at once: first, you will have seen some stunning views of Mt. Fuji, and that’s always nice! Second, you will have ridden on the world’s steepest roller coaster. It achieves this feat by going past a vertical drop: riders will for a while fall at an angle of over 120 degrees off horizontal!

4 Son of Beast (Mason, Ohio)

If you are so extreme that the only way you can get your rush is through, well, brain damage, then we’ve got the roller coaster for you! Except that the Son of Beast coaster from King’s Island park in Ohio was shut down a few years ago because so many people were injured riding it. In one incident, almost 30 people were hurt in a single accident. Another woman claimed to have had a burst blood vessel in her brain. And the ride may even have indirectly caused a man’s death by exacerbating a pre-existing condition. This record setting wooden roller coaster’s days are done, but the memories of its twists and turns and the resulting hospital visits will live on forever in survivor’s hearts.

3 Insanity (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Finally, a ride designed with the express purpose of simulating impending death! This “œattraction”is located atop the Stratosphere in downtown Las Vegas, and consists of a number of seats suspended beneath a spinning disc”¦ dangling over the side of a building more than 800 feet tall! See, the fun is that you’re spinning so high that should some terrible accident occur, you will have plenty of time to think about your impending doom as you fall toward the streets below.

2 Kingda Ka (Jackson, New Jersey)

The Kingda Ka roller coaster stands more than 450 feet above Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson, New Jersey. The sheer volume of architectural planning and structural engineering that went into elevating people that high is staggering; when you see the ride, it’s pretty clear that its only point was indeed to get people as high (and as terrified) as possible. If you are into really tall roller coasters, then this is the jewel in your crown. But act fast; we’re willing to bet someone is already designing a taller one.

1 Formula Rossa (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Outside of an airplane, the Formula Rossa rollercoaster in Abu Dhabi is about the fastest most people are ever going to travel. And this ride certainly boasts more acceleration force than anyone but a Navy pilot will feel! Strap yourself in, and you will soon hit speeds over 150 MPH, with that rapid rate achieved in fewer than five seconds! If you don’t get severe whiplash, you might just enjoy yourself.

Steven John is a published novelist and competitive pole vault champion. (The latter is not true.) His writing runs the gamut from speculative fiction to essays fueled by a mix of mirth and derision. He has never been to Lisbon but, statistically speaking, is probably taller than you.

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