Category: roller coaster

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin. In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson didn’t like that Americans were going to places like saloons and brothels and created the first roller coaster on Coney Island to persuade them to go there instead.

At 104 years old, a man called Jack Reynolds became the oldest person to get a tattoo. At 105 years old, the oldest to ride a roller coaster.

The Skycycle is a pedal powered roller coaster in Japan. Daredevil riders pedal around a narrow track in an open cycle car with just a seat belt protecting them from a 50ft fall.