A dad in Texas couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter with special needs so he sold his homebuilding business and built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs called Morgan’s Wonderland. freethink.com/videos/morg…
Brides were so scarce in Gold Rush era California that widows from the cannibalistic Donner Party tragedy remarried within months of rescue. Virginia Reed wrote with amusement of declining the proposal of a young man at Sutter's Fort when she was 12 and recovering from starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned about a Lithuanian artist who designed a roller coaster whose purpose is to kill people through euphoria obtained by g-forces and appropriately called it "Euthanasia coaster." He got this idea while working at an amusement park. vice.com/en_us/article/ex…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
A Texas dad sold his business and built a $51 million amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs. Morgan's wonderland has had more than a million visitors since it opened, and one-third of it's staff includes people with special needs. abcnews.go.com/WN/america…
, Satan's Village was a year round Christmas theme park and is considered the first franchised amusement park in history. At it's peak it featured reindeer shipped from Alaska and had 3 locations across the U.S themeparktourist.com/feat…
Today I learned about Cat Burning, a form of entertainment in medieval Europe. It involved such "amusement" ranging from putting cats in a bag and throwing them into a bonfire to setting them ablaze and chasing them through the streets. atlasobscura.com/articles…
An amusement park in Germany shut down one of its rides after a video showed it resembled a Nazi swastika youtube.com/watch?v=S7y5n…
The CNN world headquarters building used to house an indoor amusement park called The World of Sid and Marty Krofft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN…
A man once held 20 hostages in the Canadian embassy in Beirut because the government of B.C., CA, wouldn't let him build an amusement park on a deserted island in Okanagan Lake. infotel.ca/newsitem/the-l…
The extravagant 80's & 90's Queen of Color Lisa Frank had an official club with mail-out catalog, store in the Tucson mall, and even an amusement park planned! tucsonweekly.com/TheRange…
The largest integrated film city in the world is located in India, and has been described as "a city within a city". It is also a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing several attractions including an amusement park. Around 1.5 million tourists visit the place every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
In 1975, the mummified body of a bank robber was found in an amusement park by a TV crew. It’d been mistaken for a wax mannequin, and was only found out after a man moved it and its arm fell off, exposing human bone. It was identified as the body of Elmer McCurdy, who had died in 1911. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm…
In Ireland there is an amusement park called Tayto Park, which is based on the Irish potato crisp brand of the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay…
There was an amusement park inside Paris from 1900 to 1934 called "Magic City", predating Luna Park by 9 years. It was also an LGBT heaven where meet-ups were presented as "disguised dancings" in order to evade vice squad. matthewfraserauthor.com/u…
Today I learned about Action Park, an amusement and water park located in NewJersey, that was publicly known for its unsafe and badly maintained rides, which resulted in the deaths of six people. Many of the deaths took place in the wave pool, but others were a result of electrocution and vehicle accidents. history.com/news/the-rise…
In the early 1900s the Minneapolis amusement park Wonderland housed an Infantorium to showcase new French incubators that could help premature babies survive. The incubators had live premature babies and wetnurses citypages.com/news/welcom…
Two of the oldest amusement parks in the world that can still be visited today are in Denmark. Bakken in 1583, and Tivoli Gardens in 1843. Notable visitors to these parks that took inspiration from them include H.C. Andersen and Walt Disney. oldest.org/entertainment/…
Coney Island, the famed amusement park neighborhood in New York, in no longer an island. Originally a barrier island, the water was filled in and it's now a peninsula connected to the rest of Long Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
There's an amusement park in New Jersey where you're dumped like dirt out the back of a dump truck diggerlandusa.com/attract…
Disney once planned a U.S. history-themed amusement park in Virginia. Plans called for replicas of a Native American village and Ellis Island, a mock factory town, and an attraction to "make you feel what ... what it was like to escape through the underground railroad." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about Harry Haft, a Polish boxer in the 40's who was trained in Auschwitz by Nazis to fight to the death for the amusement of military personel. He retired after fighting Rocky Marciano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Hunger artist or starvation artists were performers, common in Europe and America in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, who starved themselves for extended periods of time, for the amusement of paying audiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The difference between a carousel and a merry-go-round. A carousel is any rotating device used to carry objects or information, and a merry-go-round is the ride at amusement parks. wikidiff.com/carousel/mer…
Pakistan plans to build an amusement park on the land formerly occupied by Osama bin Laden's compound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
A German amusement park shut down a ride called "Eagle's Flight" after complaints that it resembled a pair of giant spinning swastikas that lifted riders into the sky. The park's manager said he didn't notice the resemblance to swastikas. nytimes.com/2019/08/21/wo…
The Six Flags in the name of the U.S. amusement park company refers to the the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States and the Confederate States of America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Today I learned of Elmer J. McCurdy who was a train robber who was fatally killed in a Shootout with police in Oklahoma . After his death his body was mummified and traveled with a circus for 40 years and eventually became a hanging prop at an amusement park in California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm…
There's a Danish amusement park called BonBon Land that's filled with characters peeing, flashing their breasts, drinking, vomiting, and farting. Their most popular coaster is the Hundeprutterutchebane, or "Dog-Fart Switchback." atlasobscura.com/places/b…
There is a near-abandoned Flintstones-themed camp ground and amusement park in Arizona, about 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon, complete with year-round camping and a "Bedrock Theater" that plays Flintstones cartoons roadsideamerica.com/story…
Today I Learned that Elmer McCurdy (mentioned in a Sam O’Nella episode dubbed β€œDead Body Hijinks”), who was in the Pike Amusement Park ended up inspiring a young man to later create Skeletor for β€œHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe”. bloody-disgusting.com/edi…
In Hidalgo, Mexico, there's an amusement park attraction that offers visitors a fake illegal border crossing experience. vice.com/en_ca/article/qb…
Deadpool has a sidekick. Bob, agent of Hydra, joined Hydra for a steady job and dental plan. He has no superpowers or combat training and Deadpool brings him on dangerous missions for his own amusement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
South Korea has the world’s first toilet themed amusement park. It has a museum dedicated to the culture of loos, showing photos of public toilets from around the world, and a showcase of historical urinals, from European chamber pots to Korean squat toilets. bbc.com/travel/story/2013…
There was a plan to turn the pyramids of Giza into amusement park rides. Illustrations in a 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Invention magazine depicted swinging cars that would be mounted atop the pyramids to give visitors a 360Β° view of the surrounding complex. paleofuture.gizmodo.com/t…
The Fairytale Forest, part of an amusement park in the Netherlands, has a trash system called β€œThe Paper Gobblers”; a series of 11 talking waste disposals of little troll like creatures, that thanks visitors after they throw away trash. One, Captain Gjis, used to fire a canon, but was removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
There's an amusement park in Vegas that lets you drive construction equipment in a giant sandbox geekosystem.com/dig-this-…
Today I learned of a proto-video game known as the "cathode-ray tube amusement device." Created in 1947, it used a cathode ray tube connected to an oscilloscope to simulate an artillery shell shooting at objects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
There is an amusement park on a mountaintop in Kazakhstan. It has a rollercoaster going down the mountainside, statue of the Beatles, and one of the highest TV towers in the world when measured from sea level en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kok…
Denmark is home to the world's oldest amusement park, Dyrehavsbakken, which started in 1583 when hawkers and performers would entertain visitors to a local spring, and has grown over the ensuing 400+ years to a modern amusement park with six roller coasters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyr…
The world’s oldest operating amusement park opened in Denmark in 1583. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Ben Stein's famous lecture about the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in β€œFerris Buller’s Day Off” was not originally in the script. Stein, by happenstance, was lecturing off-camera to the amusement of extra’s who laughed so hard director Hughes told Ben to do that lecture for camera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
There was once an amusement park in the UK dedicated entirely to a cowboys and indians theme and that Buzz Aldrin even opened a new roller-coaster there. nothingbutnostalgia.com/t…
Japan has built 4 different New Zealand-themed amusement parks atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The Pripyat Amusement Park was scheduled to be open on May 1st, 1986 but was canceled on April 26th, 1986 due to the Chernobyl accident. The park was opened for a short time before the announcement of all residents to evacuate the city. It is now a monument of the nuclear disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The name of the amusement park company Six Flags refers to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3W…
A Mexican amusement park offers a fake US-Mexico border crossing attraction, complete with fake smugglers and fake border patrol agents. The aim is to dissuade would be migrants from making the trip. For 3 hours, tourists endure sirens, chases and the fake border patrol yelling threats. pbs.org/newshour/rundown/…
The Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park in China is called "Fake Disney" due to the broad use of unauthorized Disney and Dreamworks characters. It's slogan is "Disneyland is too far to go, please come to Shijingshan!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Disney attempted an American themed amusement park to be built in Virginia. It was canceled due to opposition from citizen's groups. Disney then attempted to buy Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. The park owners refused to sell in fear of what Disney would do with the property. themeparktourist.com/feat…
There's an amusement park in Germany where you can ride Falcor from "The NeverEnding Story". ripleys.com/weird-news/th…

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