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Wall of Death
You know the carnival ride that's kind of like a big flat cylinder, and you go inside and stand up against the wall, and it spins around real fast and the bottom drops out and you're held there by centrifugal force? That's a Wall of Death. [Laura del Col]

"The switchback will make you crazy"
'Switchback' is a British word for 'roller coaster.' [Laura del Col]

"You can fly away on the rocket or spin in the mouse"
A "(mad) mouse" is a kind of roller coaster too - but one where the thrill of the ride comes from the way the whole thing feels as if it is about to fall apart, rather than speed/acrobatics. [mwogden]

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