Fastest: Formula Rossa in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE (149 MPH).
Early roller coasters were inspired by 17th century Russian ice slides
Tallest: Kingda Ka in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ (456 ft).
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That chain noise you hear on the ride up the hill is actually a safety device.
Steepest: Takabisha in Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan (121 degree drop).
The first: Switchback Railway in Coney Island, 1884. 50 ft tall, with a max speed of 6MPH.
And people rode it, sideways.
Longest: Steel Dragon 2000 in Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan (8,133 ft).
Most loops: The Smiler at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, UK.
Famous roller coaster designer Ron Toomer suffered from motion sickness.
Riding his own coasters only once or twice ever, he was once quoted as sating "I've ridden enough to know what they are like."
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