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5 Adventures That'll Make Your Stomach Drop


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Human Catapult
You'll be belted into a capsule like this before you're slingshot into the air.
You'll be belted into a capsule like this before you're slingshot into the air.
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Did you ever shoot a slingshot when you were a kid? You nest a rock in the stretchy band, pull it back, and the pebble shoots forward as you let it go. Now that you're all grown up, consider taking a ride on the Slingshot, a heart-pounding amusement park ride that basically makes you the rock.

Like the classic children's toy, the concept behind the Slingshot ride is pretty simple. A cable made from a pair of steel ropes is strung between the tops of two towers ranging from 118 to 236 feet (36 to 72 meters) in height. Attached at the midpoint of the cable is a passenger capsule designed to hold two people. The capsule is lowered to the ground where the riders climb in and wait to be launched high into the air by a specially designed system of steel ropes, pulleys and springs. "How high?" you ask? The Slingshot propels you up to 361 feet (110 meters) at stomach-churning speeds approaching 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) [source: Funtime]!


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