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The history of early roller coasters

We take you up, down and around-and-around through the earliest rides

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This week’s episode of The History of Fun is a particularly good summertime listen. For those who have been counting down the days until amusement park season, we have a great aperitif, if you will: the early history of the roller coaster.

Roller coaster aficionado Russ Frushtick takes us on a ride through the early part of the 20th century, with occasional loop-de-loops and drops to jazz things up. You’ll find out just how high the first roller coasters went, as well as the first time they took people upside down.

Also, Allegra tries and fails to get some new slang going: “Leap the dips.”

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our segment, Reader Only Memories, wherein we share listener stories about the topic at hand. Special thanks to Foo Obsessed for the great Reader Only Memories theme song! Check them out on Soundcloud.

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