For example, in The Calypso Water Park, located in Ottawa Canada, there was a waterslide known simply as the Streamer Slide. It was a simple enough creation, it gave you an inner tube and sent you on your way. Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong! This slide had a notorious habit of causing the tubes to flip, injuring tons of people!! In fact, so many were injured that 20 different lawsuits were brought against the park.
Although some were dropped when the trial came around, the park was found guilty in 6 of them. One of the worst injuries by far was when a woman broke two vertebrae in her back! The worst part of it all though was that after these injuries happened, the park didn't report them! They just continued with business as usual.
And as maybe the biggest slap in the face, the ride is still there. 2. Aqua Nova Adventure Pool This one is actually really terrifying, and not even in the way you’d expect but it needs to be said. You go on waterslides to have fun, to enjoy the water park and hang out in the pool. It's great, except when the ending dangerous, especially for women. The Aqua Nova Adventure Pool is located in Sweden, a place known for its beauty and peace.
Yet, in the pool that had people playing in it or people arriving at the end of their waterslide adventures, many women and girls found an unpleasant experience. This park is notorious for groups of men hanging out there, waiting to abuse women and girls at the bottom of the rides. Not only the water park but Sweden’s public pools in general have become dangerous places known for assault. While the government has ordered parks not to report certain things, especially the ethnicity or religion of those who cause problems in the pool for fear of spreading hatred and fear among society. Men and women in Sweden have been swimming together in public pools for over 100 years but sadly women are now afraid of going.
The media is only able to refer to this problem as “youth gangs”, groups of 10-20 men who disrupt the water parks and threaten patrons. 1. Cannonball Loop Ok, this one had to be at the top of the list.
Now, yes, it's not "in" the world anymore, but it was for a month, and from start to finish this waterslide was not only dangerous, it was potentially lethal, and yet the people who made it and ran the park didn't care. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you...the Cannonball Loop. This abomination of good sense was located in 1985 at Action Park of Vernon Township.
If the look of the slide doesn't give you pause, then you need to study some science. But if that's still not enough, take a look at the park itself. Action Park of Vernon Township actually had a very dark history of abusing their customers (via their rides and slides).
And there had actually been 6 recorded deaths at the park, with many other people being seriously injured. Yet, did this stop them from making the most dangerous water slide ever? NOPE!
The problem with the Cannonball Loop is the loop itself. Now, yes, roller coaster rides and certain other amusement park rides have loops in them, but that's because they have enough speed to get you going fast enough to take the loop smoothly. The Cannonball Loop didn't have that. Even with the long buildup, it was a guarantee that people would get hurt. Yet, they didn't care, and they did whatever they could to get people on the slide.
Reports even came out that they bribed their own park workers with $100 to ride the ride. The brave few that did wouldn't go on it again. What's worse, the actual customers who went on the ride sometimes got stuck at the top of the loop, and an escape hatch had to be put in to ensure they could get out safely. Still not enough? Well, the construction of the waterslide made it so that sand could pool at the bottom of the slide, so anyone who went down it would get scratched by the sand, and the slide would have to be closed down for cleaning. Thankfully for everyone, the slide was closed down a month after opening.
Although most ironically of all, the park itself lasted for another 11 years, finally closing down in 1996. Thanks for watching! Have you ever tried any of these waterslides? Did you survive without injury? Let us know in the comments!
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