September 12th, 2013

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At first you'll be a chicken at the jackhammer ride

[ Sorry to be late; things kept me occupied. ]

Another roller coaster at Idlewild Park is the Wild Mouse, and it's got an intriguing history: it started life as Speeedy [sic] Gonzales in the Wiener Prater amusement park in Vienna, and was moved to the famous Alton Towers amusement park in England, before finding its way to Idlewild in a story that I'd sure like to know. It's an unusually long wild mouse, compared to the more modern versions. It also ascends the lift hill on an angle, the left side of the car lower than the right, to match a barrel feature that sadly didn't make it to Idlewild. It does make for a novel ascent anyway.

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This would prove to be the most astonishing, incredible visit we'd pay to an amusement park all summer.

Trivia: Cypriot nobles in the 14th century hunted with, among other animals, cheetahs (papions) imported from India. Source: The Riddle And The Knight: In Search Of Sir John Mandeville, Giles Milton.

Currently Reading: Easy To Remember: The Great American Songwriters and their Songs William Zinsser. For the most part it resists being Cranky Old Guy Complaining About The Music Of Today, though some of that creeps in in the final chapters as it describes the change when Rock and Roll came in. I can't argue that there wasn't a breaking of tradition, though it seems to me (some) 50-year-old rock songs are remembered as soundly and as well by contemporary audiences as, say, a 1950 crowd remembered the tunes of 1900.

PS: Reading the Comics, September 11, 2013, for a roundup of mathematics in the comic pages.