Now that summer is knocking on our front door, we will soon be dragging the kids and the coolers and the whole wagon train to amusement parks, big and small, all across the country.
There will be games.
There will be big stuffed animal prizes.
There will be you looking cross-eyed at the nine-year-old who just walked away with a six-foot high penguin that your toddler wanted so badly that she is now bawling her face off as you stand there dejected AND sixty bucks poorer for all of your efforts to be the dad who won his kiddo’s heart!
And of course, there will be rides.
I’m talking log flumes and carousels and Whip-It’s and teacups and trains and, best of all….ROLLER COASTERS!!!
What true red-blooded American kid doesn’t look up at that towering monstrosity of aging plywood and rickety gears and simply sigh with yearning for the day when he or she walks up to the sign that reads You Have To Be THIS Tall To Ride The Electric Salamander and is finally big enough to do it?
Roller coasters are a rite of passage, a twisted detour along our endless journey towards maturity and bragging rights. So, it is no surprise that so many of us can’t wait to ride them as kids, and then continue to ride them summer after summer, park after park, well after our young have grown older and begin to stare at us standing in line for The Hellinator or The Stomach Pumper with slight shame in their faces.
So, in honor of summer’s imminent arrival I’ve rounded up some of the most insanely hilarious picture of both kids and grown-ups freaking out high above the amusement park as they rise and fall through the air on the greatest ride known to mankind…the roller coaster!
Let’s ride, people!
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