Granted, some of the victims had undiagnosed health problems, but the fact that they died after riding attractions that were functioning normally is a bit scary.
In our growing desire to create ultra-real, ultra-thrilling rides we seem to have reached a point where we can go no further without, um, killing people.
My teenage nephew has been on the spaceflight simulator ride connected to a few deaths.
This is a kid who loves roller coasters, especially the contemporary “daredevil” ones. He joked to me that, when they rode the simulator, he and all his friends pretended to enjoy it; a sort of machismo thing, I guess, to save face in front of the other guys.
But most of them were feeling nauseous, and some of them actually did lose face (get sick) afterward.
Perhaps our bodies are trying to tell us something. If so, it’s that we’re not made to be turned upside down and inside out for the sake of fun.
Tourists, do keep coming to