THIS ROLLER COASTER CAN KILL YOU

THIS ROLLER COASTER CAN KILL YOU

By: Audrey Tanzil

Roller coasters create a thrilling time and forever memory. They simulate a near-death experience without the threat of any actual danger.      

However, one man named Julijonas Urbonas decided to change this stereotypical ride. In 2010, in Kensington, London, he designed (not yet created though) the “Euthanasia Coaster.”

The roller coaster train seats 24 people. The train then ascends 510 meters in the air! On top of that, the angle is so steep, it almost goes straight into the air! It takes the train two minutes to fully ascend to the peak.  Once at the top, the coaster stops, giving anyone who wants to, the option to get off. Everyone else must manually push a button in their train cart, committing to the ride. Then, the train will continue at 223 miles per hour in an instant drop.

Loops are always fun, don’t you think? However, too many can make you feel sick to your stomach! The “Euthanasia Coaster” has 7 loops! I don’t know about you, but I would definitely consider that too many! Not to mention, it’s going at 10 G’s of force. To give you an idea of how fast 10 G’s of force is, a formula 1 car going around a sharp lateral turn is only 6.5 G’s of force. If you rode a roller coaster at 10 G’s of force, you would experience worsening cases of cerebral hypoxia.

Cerebral hypoxia is when your brain is oxygen deprived. How this happens is when you go through the loops at 10 G’s of force, all the blood rushes to the lower parts of your body and your brain wouldn’t be getting enough oxygen to survive. So, you would, well…die.

You might be wondering, why would someone ever design something like this? Well, the definition of euthanasia is the painless killing of someone with incurable and painful diseases. Julijonas Urbonas designed this coaster for people with very serious and/or incurable diseases who would like to end their lives with a painless and euphoric experience. Some people who are exceptionally healthy and strong may actually be able to survive this experience. However it would definitely leave a scar.

You won’t be riding this coaster anytime soon. There is no actual life size version of this roller coaster. It only exists as a model. Why? Well, euthanasia is a very controversial topic and it is actually illegal almost everywhere, including here in the United States. However, there are a few places where it is legal. Such as, Belgium, Columbia, and the Netherlands.

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