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10 Thrilling roller coaster facts

It's national roller coaster day! On August 16th, fans from all over the world celebrate the sake of the thrill-inducing experience. Below are some quick, fun facts about roller coasters for you to share with friends while waiting in line for a few hours.

Fastest: Formula Rossa in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE (149 MPH).

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Early roller coasters were inspired by 17th century Russian ice slides


Tallest: Kingda Ka in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ (456 ft).

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That chain noise you hear on the ride up the hill is actually a safety device.
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Steepest: Takabisha in Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan (121 degree drop).
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The first: Switchback Railway in Coney Island, 1884. 50 ft tall, with a max speed of 6MPH.


And people rode it, sideways.


Longest: Steel Dragon 2000 in Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan (8,133 ft).

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Most loops: The Smiler at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, UK.
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Famous roller coaster designer Ron Toomer suffered from motion sickness.
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Riding his own coasters only once or twice ever, he was once quoted as sating "I've ridden enough to know what they are like."

What's your favorite roller coaster? Let us know in the comments below.

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