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Death by Rollercoaster? No, We're Not Kidding


A Lithuanian designer came up with a creepy idea involving death and a rollercoaster, and the concept just might send shivers down your spine.

Julijonas Urbonas, described on his website as an “artist, designer, researcher, engineer [and] founder of the Lithuanian Space Agency,” is the man behind the Euthanasia Coaster.

Designed in 2010, he described the concept as “a hypothetic death machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being.”

The design resurfaced years later after a TikTok about it went viral.

“You can only ride this roller coaster once,” Luke Davidson explained in the video. “It’s capable of holding up to 24 passengers. Once they’re all on board, there’s a slow ascent to the top, which is 510 feet in the air. That’s just a little bit smaller than the tallest building in America.”

“Once they’re at the top, it gives everyone the decision to stop and go back down safely,” he continued. “After that, everyone has to manually press a button to start the ride.”

Then, those remaining on the death-coaster fall at a whopping speed of 223 miles per hour before the cars go through a set of seven loops, which decrease in size.

“Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death,” Urbonas said.

Participants would need to wear a special biomonitoring suit that would check vital signs to see if there is a “need for a second round, which is extremely unlikely,” Urbonas continued.