Monday, July 16, 2007

1.25 - The Zipper

VILLAGE GREEN, JULY 1987 - Every year the traveling carnival comes to Monkey Island, and every year the maintenance crews spend the week afterwards cleaning vomit from the midway of the fairgrounds. Why? Well, one reason, aside from rancid cotton candy, is this bit of masochistic entertainment.

The Zipper.

Not content to simply lock its riders in a small cage and spin them around in a circle, no, the Zipper spins its riders along an oblong rail, and then SPINS THAT RAIL IN A CIRCLE! In the opposite direction. So while the cage you're in moves, say clockwise, the rail that the cage is attached to moves COUNTER-CLOCKWISE! At an estimated speed of more than seventy miles per hour.

Needless to say, this ride is kept very far away from the food stands, and all riders are required to sign a release.

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