Hear the screams, feel the force, and live the thrill of the roller coaster: one of mankind’s most exhilarating inventions. August 16th is the day that you will find thrill-seekers from all over the world looking to experience the excitement of roller coasters themselves. While roller coasters have been around for quite some time, they seem to be getting more extreme every year.
Prepare yourself as we drop down at full speed into the history of National Roller Coaster Day.
A History Of National Roller Coaster Day
The oldest known “roller coasters” were believed to be in the Russian mountains near Saint Petersburg back in the 1600s. They were 80-foot high slides that had 50-degree drops and used wood for support.
The origin of the roller coaster is linked to the inclined railway, which was patented by J.G. Taylor in 1872. It wasn’t until 1884 that the country saw the very first American roller coaster, which was built on Coney Island on June 16th.
Just before that, J.G. Taylor had worked on an elevated railway on Rocky Point Island in Rhode Island. This railway, which ascended about 400 feet in the air and could hold nine passengers, was a huge deal for the time. Roller coasters can now be found at amusement parks across the world, each with their own unique designs and technologies.
“Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life”
- Avril Lavgine
How To Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day
The best way to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day is by seeking out one of these thrill machines yourself and riding one! This is especially true if you’ve always had a fear of roller coasters. Today is the day to face that fear.
If you can’t get yourself to a theme park today, try to use today to plan out the next time you can. Having a roller coaster ride in your near future is definitely something to look forward to. If you’re on social media, make sure to hashtag #NationalRollerCoasterDay to spread the word!
Roller Coasting Into Another Thrill
Roller coasters can be some of the wildest rides at carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks. Over time, they have gotten increasingly more complicated and daring – adding crazy twists and turns, impossible drops, and loops everywhere. Take some time to appreciate the innovation behind this wild ride today – and then go search for your next roller coaster experience!
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National Tell a Joke Day
The world’s oldest joke dates back to 1900 B.C. The old Sumerian saying reads:
“Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”
While it may not be the most exciting joke compared to the slew of toilet humor that is around today, it’s nice to know that even thousands of years ago, people were still cracking jokes. A joke can be told in many ways. From knock-knock jokes to one-liners to narratives, jokes come in all forms. Take today to tell a joke and get your friends to share their favorite jokes.
National Rum Day
Many know rum as the drink of pirates, though this distilled clear alcohol is enjoyed around the world by people everywhere. It is made with sugar cane juice or molasses and is aged in wooden oak barrels. Some say that the American Revolution was a consequence of rum because the Sugar Act of 1764 outlawed it along with molasses and sugar, bringing outrage to American citizens. Enjoy some rum today. It is perfect for hot summer days because it can be used in a variety of coolers, daiquiris, and, of course, the beloved Pina Colada.