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Would You Build Your Kid a Backyard Roller Coaster? (Video)

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A backyard roller coaster built by Jeremy Reid.

Imagine having a roller coaster in your backyard? No, I’m not talking about a Neverland Ranch-style amusement park. I’m talking about a homemade roller coaster that your dad built out of PVC piping, concrete and wood. Sounds horrifyingly awesome, right? It looks like it too, from a YouTube video that’s going viral featuring a young child riding one such coaster with a 12-foot drop. Take a look:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBWloE7EKzQ[/youtube]






The overly cautious, neurotic urban-dweller in me wants to dismiss this ride as some redneck bullshit, but the child in me who grew up in the country riding in the open back of a pickup truck thinks this looks like the best way a kid could spend a fall Saturday. It seems to be a sturdy machine, and the child in the video clearly loves going round and round on this monster. As The Los Angeles Times notes, this is far from the only homemade coaster video on YouTube; a search pulls up 1400 such vids, including a compilation video, below. You will not believe what you see. Some of these look safer than the Cyclone:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX36aSIl2mE[/youtube]

DO NOT TRY NUMBER ONE AT HOME, KIDS.

So what do you think? If you had a yard big enough, would you let your kids have a coaster in the back? I gotta say, I’m feelin’ pretty awesome about the backyard coaster concept myself. I think I’m going to give some family members a call.

Photo via JeremyReid.com.

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