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Peegoo

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Dec 31st, 2017 09:09 AM        

There used to be a place not far from here called The Enchanted Forest, in Ellicott City, MD. I can remember mom and dad taking us kids there when I was a four-year-old curtainclimber. <br /> <br /> It's been gone for many years now, but there are still a few remnants left in the woods behind what is now a chopping center. Kind of creepy.<br /> <br /> This ride was always good for



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Dec 31st, 2017 09:16 AM        

Bees eh... I would be scared.



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Dec 31st, 2017 09:45 AM        

Well, the pic is a joke...but The Enchanted Forest was a real thing. It was the first time I drove a car: they had old-timey gas engine cars on a sort of monorail on the ground. They were slower than walking speed, but it was a CAR and I was driving!



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Jan 1st, 2018 05:52 PM        

It is my understanding that any contestant at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest who throws up is immediately placed on the roller coaster without a seatbelt.<br /> <br /> Any truth to this?<br /> <br /> 6



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Jan 1st, 2018 06:17 PM        

If it's not true, it should be immediately instituted as policy. I like the idea!



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Jan 1st, 2018 06:26 PM        

As a kid, the Tilt-A-Whirl was a favorite of mine. One year I happened to be on site when they were assembling it and saw the tiny wire clip that held the bolt that kept the car from flying off into the wild blue yonder. I never really enjoyed it after that. (:



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Jan 1st, 2018 06:30 PM        

I was a welder for most of my life. Shortly after becoming a welder I quit riding the rides at the fair.. Just didn't like the way those thing were put together.



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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jan 1st, 2018 06:51 PM        

I first went to Disneyland when parts of it was still under construction, back around 1956 or so.<br /> <br /> But I especially have fond members of Pacific Ocean Park in Venice, CA, both the sleazy, old, shop-worn version that was like a trip back in time (some of what was there in the early 1950s dated back to the mid-1920s) and the new, sanitized "P.O.P." version (1958-1967).



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Jan 1st, 2018 07:36 PM        

Riverside Park in Agawam, MA....and the giant wooden roller coaster modeled on the Coney Island Coaster, "The Cyclone."<br /> It was intense and wonderful, as kids my brother and I had a running contest to see who could last the longest without getting sick on consecutive runs.



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Jan 1st, 2018 08:36 PM        

As a young one, I would ride any ride at any park. The faster the better and the tighter turns was even better.<br /> Around age 55, I rode one ride with my daughter at the local fair. One of those circle things where you sit in a seat attached to long chains. Round and round we went. Looked fun from the ground but I was ready for that thing to stop after a round or two. I was nauseated the rest of the night.



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Jan 1st, 2018 10:33 PM        

Yeah, when you see a "Please remove dentures" sign on the boarding platform, you know things are about to get a bit crazy.



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Jan 1st, 2018 11:04 PM        

"Yeah, when you see a "Please remove dentures" sign on the boarding platform, you know things are about to get a bit crazy."<br /> <br /> Or the vertical yardstick with the silhouette of a hunched-over old man that says, "riders MUST be younger than this."<br /> <br /> I had an experience similar to Bbends's, but for me it happened about 5 years younger...



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Jan 2nd, 2018 05:17 AM        

"Riverside Park in Agawam, MA"<br /> <br /> Wow ! How about that ?<br /> <br /> I grew up in Southwick MA and going to Riverside was a big deal as a teenager. <br /> <br /> Loved the bumper cars !



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Jan 2nd, 2018 05:36 AM        

As a kid (mid-1950s) we often went to Bertrandâs Island (? -spelling), somewhere not far from Newton, NJ., always on nickel night. I loved that old place, and especially the Boomerang ride - cars on a fast revolving wheel would, one at a time at the end of the ride, be released into a U-shaped tunnel, and would bounce back & forth off the tunnelâs sides through its length until the car stopped. Great fun.<br /> <br /> But, the last time I was on a roller coaster (and any ride) was about 20 years ago. About halfway through the ride I was about to hurl - it took every bit of focus and will power not to; it was a really, really close call.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 06:48 AM        

Small world, stratmanx! Yea, we loved the bumper cars too!



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Jan 2nd, 2018 06:59 AM        

When I was 18 and living on Long Island we'd drive to Palisades Amusement Park in NJ. The drinking age on LI was 21. In NJ at that time (1968) it was still 18. My favorite ride was the Wild Mouse, which ran out over the cliffs. Do that as a drunken teen and not barf!



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Jan 2nd, 2018 08:58 AM        

Times sure have changed. If you think carnival rides can be dangerous, consider the first thrill rides in the united states. They were remnants of logging operations in the northeast: log flumes and inclined cable railways (funiculars).<br /> <br /> The first purpose-built enclosed amusement parks were at Coney Island, NY; there were several there. One account describes an attraction at Steeplechase Park, which opened at Coney Island in the 1890s, called Blowhole Theater. It allowed spectators to watch as air vents blew up unsuspecting female guests' skirts. As the ladies struggled to cover themselves, a clown would shock their male counterparts with a cattle prod."



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Jan 2nd, 2018 09:46 AM        

"As the ladies struggled to cover themselves, a clown would shock their male counterparts with a cattle prod."<br /> <br /> And people say that our country has only recently degenerated into kinkiness and depravity. This evidence unearthed by Professor 'Goo PROVES that these qualities have, quite to the contrary, enjoyed a long-running tradition here. <br /> <br /> It also helps explain peoples' reflexive instinct as to the fundamental creepiness of clowns...



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Jan 2nd, 2018 10:05 AM        

The use of cattle prods is discouraged in modern society. Maybe thatâs the problem.



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Jan 2nd, 2018 12:24 PM        

I had an aunt and uncle (my god parents) that would take my sister and I to Geauga Lake southwest of Cleveland for his company picnic. He worked for TRW at the time. Back in those days my Mom & Dad couldn't afford the park pass price of admission to a park so it was a huge treat for us to ride the rides all day long. <br /> <br /> Later, Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH became a great place for weekend date nights.



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