austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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All towns have churches and tire shops

My mathematics blog wrapped up its A-to-Z this week! Did you feel the excitement? Well, try watching the flop sweat as I think about what to write up next week, then, that'll be good for us all. For my last week of regular writing, though, please consider:

And in the cartoon-watching business, it's 60s Popeye: A Mite of Trouble; do you get it? Because, mm.


Let's now appreciate some more of the beauty and decor of Kings Island, as seen back in October 2019.

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Kings Island's floral clock. I failed to go up the Eiffel Tower to get a photograph of this and its floral calendar from above, though. You can see the rides graveyards on either side.


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Sculptures atop the Antique Carousel's building.


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And some of the horses on the antique carousel. I don't think we'd before noticed the initials on the front of so many of them.


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View of one of the shield horses for the Philadephia Toboggan Company carousel #79 here. The carousel was built in 1926 and was owned by predecessor park Coney Island Cin(mumble)ti.


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bunny_hugger inspecting her horse just in case something's gone awry.


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And what we were looking at, a new level for carousel nerdery: noticing the PTC identification badges on the non-romance side of the bridle. Here, the horse is identified as Row 1, Number 233.


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And mine was Row 2, Number 353. The row numbers we understand --- 1 is the outer ring, 2 the next inner one, 3 the one inside that, and so on --- but the number is mysterious yet. Serial number of horse production overall? Or is there some significance to how the initial digit seems so far from the final two digits?


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Another look at the antique carousel. Wonder what kind of high score RLT put up to get his name on the horse like that.


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Large goblin-y figure set up at Kings Island, twin to a grumbly giant monster that Cedar Point has.


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Entrance to the Racer, Kings Island's racing wooden roller coaster/s. We'd get a couple rides on this of course.


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The outside of Banshee, built about where Son of Beast used to be. We didn't ride; it had too long a line for the time we had.


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Overpass leading to the (new) Bat, which we did want to ride. Also signs for two of the haunted house attractions, Blackout and Wolf Pack.


Trivia: Part of the attraction of the 1951 (New York City) theatre revue Bagels and Yox was that fresh-baked bagels and cream cheese were given to the audience. However, the local bagel-baker's union, Local 338, went on strike in December 1951 and the beginning of 1952, which forced the substitution of doughnuts. Source: The Bagel: The Surprising History Of A Modest Bread, Maria Balinska.

Currently Reading: The Age Of Revolution, 1789 - 1848: The Dual Revolution --- Industrial and Political --- in England and France, and its Global Consequences, E J Hobsbawm.

Tags: carousels, halloweekends, kings island, mathematics, vortex farewell trip
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