The Euthanasia Coaster reaches a height of 1600 feet, followed by a steep plummet all the way down, and then seven consecutive loops. Passengers will be spinning upside-down while travelling at a speed of 223 miles per hour. The gravitational force put on the passengers by this ride is 10 Gs, enough to kill a person. Essentially, the blood in a person’s body will be forced away from the head, cutting off the brain’s supply to oxygen, resulting in death. The idea behind this roller coaster is to give people a chance to have a lot of fun before they die. Currently, the Euthanasia Coaster only exists as a scale model, and there aren’t any plans yet to begin construction.
Napoleon Dynamite cost only $400,000 to make, but it made over $45 million.
If you’ve seen the film, it shouldn’t come any surprise to you that it cost so little to produce. More surprisingly was the fact that it made back over 100 times its budget in revenue in less than a year.
Swedish customs officials performed a search on a suspicious 42-year-old woman as she was attempting to cross the border. They found 65 baby grass snakes concealed in her bra, along with six lizards hiding in her blouse. She told them that she was trying to start a reptile farm.
April 23 is regarded as World Book Day, marking the anniversary of the deaths of two literary giants, English playwright William Shakespeare and Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. Both men died on April 23, 1616, but they did not really die on the same day. Cervantes’ death date is based on the modern Gregorian calendar, while Shakespeare’s is based on the old Julian calendar that was still being used in England at the time. If he used the Gregorian calendar, Shakespeare would have died in May.
William Wordsworth also died on April 23, though it was many years later in 1850.
As part of a 2007 publicity stunt, Aquafresh took out a $10 million policy on the smile of the star of TV's Ugly Betty. We’ve covered odd bodily insurance before - after all, who could forget Steelers safety Troy Polamalu’s million-dollar hair?
Here are some other unforgettable examples of exorbitant celebrity self-insurance: