Bungee Chord Snaps Just As Theme Park Ride Is About To Launch

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird
Published 23.08.19
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Shocking footage shows the moment a bungee chord shredded just as a theme park ride was about to launch.

I’m not a fan of rides. I can’t get on with them. I don’t really understand why, since I love driving fast, but I’m not a good passenger either.

Maybe it’s something about not being in control myself. If I was allowed to drive the rollercoaster instead of just sit in it, then I might be into that, but apparently that’s not allowed.

Similarly, all of these things that Australians seem to be in to like jumping from really high platforms and in general just having a callous regard to gravity seem pointless and, honestly, scary.

Take this slingshot thing in Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. It’s a glorified bench tied to some bungee chords that sends you flying about once launched, for example…

Krissy Hurst visited said park, and two of her three friends with her got on the slingshot ride.

Hurst decided to film the event as the two men in the ride geared up to be catapulted into the air, but as the ride attendant when to launch the slingshot, the chord shredded and burst.

I advise you to watch this on mute. Krissy’s no David Attenborough…

Hurst told FOX 13 News she has ridden the ride a few times before, but her friend Lissette decided she didn’t want to at the last minute because of a “bad feeling”.

With that, she decided to film it instead, saying that the men would be “screaming like sissies” once they were launched at an apparent 100mph.

florida ride bungee chord breaks footage

After the chord snapped, the necessary people were issued a refund, but Hurst said that no-one seemed appropriately apologetic.

Pretty scary stuff. No one could have predicted that happening and while Krissy’s comments of her just dodging death seem a bit out of place, the same can’t be said for the two men in the ride.

If that chord had snapped any later, things could have been a lot worse.

This comes after a theme park in Germany has inexplicably erected – and subsequently closed down – a ride that looks like a pair of flying swastikas on a stick.

7News.com.au reports that the Eagle Fly ride was only just added to the Tatzmania amusement park in Löffingen, Germany, but was almost instantly taken down after the resemblance was recognised.

The design flaw was first noticed by the park owner Rüdiger Braun, who told SWR that he wanted to ‘apologise to anyone who feels disturbed or offended by our design‘, and made it clear that he absolutely wouldn’t employ the use of any more rides that look like Nazi symbols or something equally offensive.

He is now waiting for a redesign on the attraction.

State Agency for Civic Education Michael Wehner also added:

There are company blind people who, due to their non-occupation with history or the political education of the present, do not immediately realise that this geometric form is historically a no-go.

[But] one would have to recognise in the architectural design drawings, in which direction this geometric driving device goes.”

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