Biographical Non-Fiction posted December 10, 2021


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An amusement-park ride, now obsolete

Sticky Wall

by Frank Ball


Amusement parks used to have, in addition to Roller Coasters and Ferris Wheels, a ride called the Sticky Wall or Rotor. It was a fifteen-foot basket with vertical walls and a circular horizontal base. The basket would spin up, the centrifugal force pressing the riders, otherwise unrestrained, against the wall. The floor falls away, leaving riders with no lower support but still stuck to the wall. I thought it would be cunning to stand up with my feet on the wall and my head toward the central axis. I failed to predict that I would soon learn the meaning of white-out. Unconsciousness follows in short order when the brain loses blood circulation, the centrifugal force being one prospective cause. In a retrograde flop, my head hit the wall, extending my out-cold condition for twenty minutes. My unconscious state concealed it from me, but they stopped the ride and carried my limp frame to an office, where I regained my senses. Still, the concussion gave me a lasting headache but no free ride on the Sticky Wall.




It is likely a good thing this ride went obsolete along with other dangerous cousins.
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