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In case you haven’t heard, the world’s tallest waterslide is set to open later this summer. Recently, we posted a video of what it would look like to go down this beast. Now, the waterslide has had its first human rider!

The slide is a 168 foot (58 m) mammoth. At this height, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and taller than Niagara Falls. It is also steeper than any ski slope, and sadly, it has been plagued with issues. Several months ago, a number of outlets inaccurately reported that the waterslide was put on hold and all work stopped because individuals testing the slide were launched into the air. However, these reports were entirely false. Although the waterslide may look rather terrifying, no one was ever harmed while riding it, and no one was ever launched off of it. In fact, at the time that those stories were reported, no humans had even tested the slide. Yet, there were issues with the slide. A dummie raft that was filled with sand bags was launched off the slide…

Watch: Test Raft Launched From Waterslide

However, things have been tweaked since then, and the ride is set for human testing. After going over the first massive drop, riders soar over a second hill–a “mini” hill that really isn’t all that mini–it a staggering 50 feet (15 m) tall. Riders will have to trudge up 264 steps to the top, and then they will then be strapped into a four-person raft before careening down the slide at around 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph). This is known as the Verrückt at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. And as it turns out, the name is rather appropriate: “Verrückt” is German for “insane.” Below is a video of the first human testing the slide.

WATCH: First Human Test Rider

Sadly, in this next video, the video camera died halfway through (maybe from fright?). Either way, you can see half the ride in the video below, which is a nice reminder of why science is awesome–it gives us new ways to terrify ourselves with spectacular technology.


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