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2013-08-28 08:16:53 PM  
The punch line is that key elements for creating life were not present on Earth (plus the planet was covered in water) when life is suspected of taking off here. But they were present on Mars, and that planet wasn't completely covered in water, which would dissolve RNA, one of the basic building blocks for life.

So, life or the basic building blocks for it got started on Mars and were shot here on rocks.


That is intentionally supposed to sound like a reference to ejaculation, right?
 
2013-08-28 08:17:03 PM  
[ohlookitsthisthreadagain.jpeg]
Do we really gotta revisit this every year?

I went once in May of 1993 and I survived. Heck, Alice In Chains did too 2 months later
 
2013-08-28 08:46:03 PM  
I used to go decades ago, got a laugh from the article. Pretty straight on.

/grew up in northern Jersey
 
2013-08-28 08:49:23 PM  
Damnit wrong thread
 
2013-08-28 08:54:48 PM  

DanZero: ohlookitsthisthreadagain.jpeg]
Do we really gotta revisit this every year?


Yep. Apparently so.

I used to go there as a kid, I always loved it. Especially the Colorado River Rapids ride, which is still in operation at Mountain Creek, the water park that took over after Action Park shut down.
 
2013-08-28 09:32:03 PM  
CSB^2: for a week in 1981, my parents took leave of their senses and took the family on a jaunt to Action Park - while staying at the Playboy resort nearby.

After a childhood full of relentlessly educational family vacations, what they were thinking suddenly exposing their nice small-town Catholic church-organist terrified-of-girls teenage son to epic and yet unattainable bewbage is still beyond me.

Tremendous arcade, though.
 
2013-08-28 09:48:41 PM  
Ah, Action Park, I remember it well!  My favorite part of the place were the tanks.  They were powered by lawn mower engines and you drove them in this big steel cage enclosure.  And they had GUNS that shot tennis balls.  On the side, people could pay money to shoot tennis balls at the people driving the tanks.  Every so often, a tank would stop running and the teenager running the ride would have to go out to give it a jump start.  In which case, he would immediately be pelted with tennis balls.

Man, what a great place it was.
 
2013-08-28 10:03:36 PM  
oh my god someone PLEASE do this for Brigantine Castle.
 
2013-08-28 10:07:37 PM  
Went this summer. Now they give you freaking helmets to wear on the rapids ride. HELMETS. It's come a long way from the 90s when I used to go.
 
2013-08-28 10:10:23 PM  
Went there once in the 80's...let's CSB

Back flop (reverse belly flop) off the 10' drop out of the underground waterslide into the pond. I could barely swim to the ladder.

Lady in front of me fell off the super slick rope swing and hit the wooden deck several feet below. They cleared her away--elapsed time 1 minute, 30 seconds--and it was my turn. I proceeded to almost repeat her stunt, just barely holding on to make the water.

Was there a wave pool? I almost drowned in a wave pool. Stayed out too long and was up and down on the ladder 10-15 times before I thought to cinch my arms around a rung on the downswing then let go and use my legs to help propel me out on the upswing. That might've been somewhere else, though.

Did I mention that I was in good shape and a strong swimmer at the time? I had a blast, though.
 
2013-08-28 10:34:14 PM  
I've never been there, but some of the best Fark threads I've ever read were about Action Park, NJ.

I learned the term "meat crayon" from an Action Park thread.

It was, in no uncertain terms, one of the most dangerous water parks in the world in the 70s and 80s. Legendary for it's unsafe rides, it had a commitment of at least two major injuries a week and six deaths over the course of a decade.

Rides were built with inventiveness and originality but without a care or concern for safety. Everything from rope swings that veered dangerously near rock outcrops to slides with fiberglass splinters. The owners were sleazy bastards who spent more time burying bad press than improving conditions and the employees were all late/inattentive/stoned teenagers filling crappy summer jobs for minimum wage.

Yet despite the danger it is still looked upon with fondness, as a sort of Gen-X rite of passage. You weren't a real man until you got seriously injured at Action Park.

And the park not only survived despite all the bad PR but positively thrived because of it....... and then came the 90s, and the Millenial generation reached prime "water park attending" years (8-13), and the injuries turned into lawsuits by helicopter parents upset that their precious snowflakes weren't incased in plastic bubbles at all times while they were there.... and that was all she wrote.

Good times.
 
2013-08-28 10:37:03 PM  

1stgenwhtrash: Went there once in the 80's...let's CSB

Back flop (reverse belly flop) off the 10' drop out of the underground waterslide into the pond. I could barely swim to the ladder.

Lady in front of me fell off the super slick rope swing and hit the wooden deck several feet below. They cleared her away--elapsed time 1 minute, 30 seconds--and it was my turn. I proceeded to almost repeat her stunt, just barely holding on to make the water.

Was there a wave pool? I almost drowned in a wave pool. Stayed out too long and was up and down on the ladder 10-15 times before I thought to cinch my arms around a rung on the downswing then let go and use my legs to help propel me out on the upswing. That might've been somewhere else, though.

Did I mention that I was in good shape and a strong swimmer at the time? I had a blast, though.


That tarzan swing thing, the handle was made of lead or something.  I remember they handed it to me, and I almost fell off the platform from the sheer weight.  Also, the water was about 40 degrees, so if you managed to swing, and let go without killing yourself, the water was quite a shock.

I only went once, with a group of friends when I was 14, and, no parents.  It was pretty awesome.

I do recall the ride operators being pretty rude, and in some cases, downright criminal.  I saw them spit at a customer, and tell him to go fark himself.
 
2013-08-28 10:42:32 PM  
I may also add, that I was a chubby 14 year old.  Not outright fat, but, eh, flabby.  On my first ride, (the slide you went down on a mat) you started off by getting into this small pool, positioning yourself on the slide, then the operator would either tell you to go, or straight up push you.  I positioned myself on the slide, but slipped and went down on no mat.  The operator must have thought I did it purposely (to go down the slide with me friend in front of me) and as I rounded the first corner, I heard the operator scream "farking fat ass" after me.

I had a sad for about 5 minutes afterwards, but oh well.  Still, I guess I'll never forget it.
 
2013-08-28 10:46:14 PM  
well that video sucked, they didn't even cover the half of the park with the bumper boats, and the kids taking go karts on the highway, or mention the kayaks going over electric fans, where that one guy was electrocuted and died.
 
2013-08-28 10:57:19 PM  

SnakeLee: Damnit wrong thread


One wondered...
 
2013-08-28 10:58:12 PM  

tripleseven: I may also add, that I was a chubby 14 year old.  Not outright fat, but, eh, flabby.  On my first ride, (the slide you went down on a mat) you started off by getting into this small pool, positioning yourself on the slide, then the operator would either tell you to go, or straight up push you.  I positioned myself on the slide, but slipped and went down on no mat.  The operator must have thought I did it purposely (to go down the slide with me friend in front of me) and as I rounded the first corner, I heard the operator scream "farking fat ass" after me.

I had a sad for about 5 minutes afterwards, but oh well.  Still, I guess I'll never forget it.


Amazing what sticks with you.  When I was playing kickball at recess in eighth grade I accidentally shanked the ball right into my teacher's face.  She was the referee and she was off to the side, but she was still in front of me and it was a solid hit.  Her nose started gushing blood.  I felt awful and rushed over to help, and she said "Goddammit Lsherm, is making my nose as big as yours going to make you feel any better?"

She was joking, but it's been 30+ years and I still have a complex about my damn nose.
 
2013-08-28 11:09:27 PM  

DanZero: [ohlookitsthisthreadagain.jpeg]
Do we really gotta revisit this every year?

I went once in May of 1993 and I survived. Heck, Alice In Chains did too 2 months later


Having never heard of the place I enjoyed the video. Wished I would have known about it when I lived in Philly back in the day.
 
2013-08-28 11:10:21 PM  
I got to do the wear a suit and fly over a giant fan thing. I weighed maybe 70 lbs at the time and the stoner ride guys just tossed you in there with no instructions. The floor was chain link fence and even at 12, I knew that someone was skimping on "safety". The jet engine below my feet came to life and I just about flew through the hole in the tent above me. That would have been bad, because I remember the damn thing being on a cliff. The guy starts yelling something and I finally realize he wants me to tuck and roll. I fell to the floor with a thud and the chain link comes insanely close to the fan. Best farking place ever.
 
2013-08-28 11:10:39 PM  
How in the hell does a loopty-loop on a water slide work?
 
2013-08-28 11:11:04 PM  

Lsherm: tripleseven: I may also add, that I was a chubby 14 year old.  Not outright fat, but, eh, flabby.  On my first ride, (the slide you went down on a mat) you started off by getting into this small pool, positioning yourself on the slide, then the operator would either tell you to go, or straight up push you.  I positioned myself on the slide, but slipped and went down on no mat.  The operator must have thought I did it purposely (to go down the slide with me friend in front of me) and as I rounded the first corner, I heard the operator scream "farking fat ass" after me.

I had a sad for about 5 minutes afterwards, but oh well.  Still, I guess I'll never forget it.

Amazing what sticks with you.  When I was playing kickball at recess in eighth grade I accidentally shanked the ball right into my teacher's face.  She was the referee and she was off to the side, but she was still in front of me and it was a solid hit.  Her nose started gushing blood.  I felt awful and rushed over to help, and she said "Goddammit Lsherm, is making my nose as big as yours going to make you feel any better?"

She was joking, but it's been 30+ years and I still have a complex about my damn nose.


At 16 I shed the weight.  And yeah, I guess over 20 years later I still remember that.  It is weird the things you'll remember.
 
2013-08-28 11:12:15 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: How in the hell does a loopty-loop on a water slide work?


I am not sure they had it open to the public for too long, as, well, it didn't actually work.  However, they left it up, unopened, which has probably led to all the urban legends about it.
 
2013-08-28 11:12:32 PM  

SnakeLee: Damnit wrong thread


How the hell do you do this shiat? Click on link, click on Fark thread, reply to Fark thread, copy-paste as needed, post, go back to main menu, repeat.

Quit opening up five Fark tabs and you won't have this problem.
 
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2013-08-28 11:16:04 PM  
So it was "insane"?

Find a thesaurus, man.
 
2013-08-28 11:16:54 PM  
This site gives more information on the park. http://www.domainofdeath3.com/actionpark/
 
2013-08-28 11:32:04 PM  
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2013-08-28 11:32:52 PM  
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2013-08-28 11:33:30 PM  
media.screened.com

'I aint afraid of no rolly coaster!'
 
kab
2013-08-28 11:49:52 PM  
Went there once in '89 or '90 IIRC, had an absolute blast.  Never went back, but still, it was a very good day.
 
2013-08-29 12:12:32 AM  
Until someone builds the Krusty Land House of Knives, no amusement park will ever approach the survival of the fittest thunderdome that was Action Park.

I still remember one of the first times I went there and when I went down surf hill, my mat caught the water on the bottom, causing me to completely flip over, crash into the padded wall at the end and have the wind knocked out of me.

Another time, I was going down a slide when the water stopped flowing under my mat. I had to jump out of the way as the person after me shot by.

Once, we played mini golf there before calling it a night. We stopped because of the snake convention going on there.

Anyone ever go down that vertical water slide? No amount of money would ever get me to do that one.
 
2013-08-29 12:15:16 AM  
Did the Alpine Track at Action Park when I was probably 8. It was farkING AWESOME!
 
2013-08-29 12:19:16 AM  

Brawndo: Anyone ever go down that vertical water slide? No amount of money would ever get me to do that one.


Yep. You really only feel like you're going to go flying off away from the track and plummet to your death  for a second or two. After that it's smooth sailing. It's a good rush, since you invariably feel like you cheated death by the time you hit the bottom. You missed out by not doing it. And you probably wouldn't even have died.
 
2013-08-29 12:57:04 AM  
Personally, I never go to amusement parks anymore.  They are built for pussies and hamstrung by lawyers and pussies with lawyers.
There should be fun place to go where the weak and stupid are weeded out.  Not saying that anyone should be forced to go there, just if you want to have so real fun and real thrills, there should be a place for that.  A place where if you do something stupid - like get out of your seat belt like a retard - you pay for it with your life.

A place where if you act like an a$$hole, you are permanently barred.

A place where if you have ever sued anyone for any liability without a really good reason, you are permanently barred.

A place where if you bring any sort of weapon you permanently barred.

A place where if you are not capable of getting beyond the first physical obstacle course, you are barred.

A place where if you f**k up, they just drag your carcass out to the curb and continue the party.

That would be a truly fun, possibly thrilling park to go to.

/lawyers and pussy clients are why people are generally fat, stupid, lazy pussies these days
/being good at GTA does not mean that you are not a pussy
/I like the word pussy
 
2013-08-29 01:31:45 AM  
I wish there was a place like action park nowadays. Well, you know, minus the gross negligence.

Anyone know of a picture or video of the tanks with tennis ball cannons? There has to be something on the internet but I can't find it.
 
2013-08-29 02:43:49 AM  

blue_2501: SnakeLee: Damnit wrong thread

How the hell do you do this shiat?  Click on link, click on Fark thread, reply to Fark thread, copy-paste as needed, post, go back to main menu, repeat.

Quit opening up five Fark tabs and you won't have this problem.


Who the fark cares?  It happens
 
2013-08-29 02:55:46 AM  

rosebud_the_sled: Personally, I never go to amusement parks anymore.  They are built for pussies and hamstrung by lawyers and pussies with lawyers.
There should be fun place to go where the weak and stupid are weeded out.  Not saying that anyone should be forced to go there, just if you want to have so real fun and real thrills, there should be a place for that.  A place where if you do something stupid - like get out of your seat belt like a retard - you pay for it with your life.

A place where if you act like an a$$hole, you are permanently barred.

A place where if you have ever sued anyone for any liability without a really good reason, you are permanently barred.

A place where if you bring any sort of weapon you permanently barred.

A place where if you are not capable of getting beyond the first physical obstacle course, you are barred.

A place where if you f**k up, they just drag your carcass out to the curb and continue the party.

That would be a truly fun, possibly thrilling park to go to.

/lawyers and pussy clients are why people are generally fat, stupid, lazy pussies these days
/being good at GTA does not mean that you are not a pussy
/I like the word pussy

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2013-08-29 07:08:15 AM  

Lsherm: tripleseven: I may also add, that I was a chubby 14 year old.  Not outright fat, but, eh, flabby.  On my first ride, (the slide you went down on a mat) you started off by getting into this small pool, positioning yourself on the slide, then the operator would either tell you to go, or straight up push you.  I positioned myself on the slide, but slipped and went down on no mat.  The operator must have thought I did it purposely (to go down the slide with me friend in front of me) and as I rounded the first corner, I heard the operator scream "farking fat ass" after me.

I had a sad for about 5 minutes afterwards, but oh well.  Still, I guess I'll never forget it.

Amazing what sticks with you.  When I was playing kickball at recess in eighth grade I accidentally shanked the ball right into my teacher's face.  She was the referee and she was off to the side, but she was still in front of me and it was a solid hit.  Her nose started gushing blood.  I felt awful and rushed over to help, and she said "Goddammit Lsherm, is making my nose as big as yours going to make you feel any better?"

She was joking, but it's been 30+ years and I still have a complex about my damn nose.


Wow, what a coonty thing to say to an eighth grader.
 
2013-08-29 08:03:19 AM  
I went many times in the 80's, best park evar!
 
2013-08-29 08:18:26 AM  
I have fond memories of growing up going to Action Park in the summers (and even learned how to ski there in the winters---they used the same chair lifts for the alpine slides for skiing in the winter).  Somehow I managed to avoid major injuries, despite going on every ride (minus the water loop - to the best of my recollection I was never there during any of the brief periods where it was open).  I did, however, do my first bungee jump there, as well as the "vertical wind tunnel" skydiving simulation.
 
2013-08-29 08:23:05 AM  
Lsherm:

Worse things could have happened like being called "Sherminator".
 
2013-08-29 08:29:08 AM  

5monkeys: I got to do the wear a suit and fly over a giant fan thing. I weighed maybe 70 lbs at the time and the stoner ride guys just tossed you in there with no instructions. The floor was chain link fence and even at 12, I knew that someone was skimping on "safety". The jet engine below my feet came to life and I just about flew through the hole in the tent above me. That would have been bad, because I remember the damn thing being on a cliff. The guy starts yelling something and I finally realize he wants me to tuck and roll. I fell to the floor with a thud and the chain link comes insanely close to the fan. Best farking place ever.


They actually gave instructions when I did it, I remember them saying to keep your head up and press down with your hands/arms.  Most of the other people weren't able to "balance" on the airstream because they didn't have the proper form, and the attendants had to hold onto their arm or leg to keep them floating before they fell to the side. Since I followed the directions, I was able to stabilize myself without help, at which point the attendant waved to the fan operator who cranked it up to high speed.  I suddenly went from being ~5-6 feet off the fence to about 12-15 feet up, through the open top and well above the walls of the ride.  That's when I decided to do my tuck and roll maneuver, and luckily I landed on the padded skirt area around the outside of the chain fence.  Good times.
 
2013-08-29 09:01:22 AM  
I remember good 'ole Traction Park. Went there in the '90s when some of the more flagrant safety violations had been fixed, but it was still awesomely dangerous.

Yes, the Tarzan Swing handle was in fact made of lead and would yank you right off the slippery edge of the platform unless you braced yourself, and would fling you into the icy pool (seriously, it was fed by a mountain spring) to stun you with a combination of force and freezing.

The Speed Slide, AKA The Enemizer: chances were 60:40 that you'd see a forcefully ejected turd floating around in the pool at the bottom. They even kept an aquarium scooper there to catch "brown trout".

The Wave Pool had some SERIOUS under-toe which would drag you directly to the back of the pool which dropped from comfortable wading depth to waaaaay over the average child's head without any sort of warning.

The Aqua Scoot, for the uninitiated, was a plastic slab which would roll down a hill made of solid metal assembly line rollers (think of a ramp made of metal rolling pins) into a pool which was a couple of inches deep. Lord help you if you accidentally got a hand between the slab and the rollers. In theory, you would roll down the hill, hit the pool, and skim along it like a stone on a pond. In practice, you would hit the pool and get flanged off the slab and hit and crack something on the bottom of the pool, or the slab would catch its nose in the water and faceplant you into the bottom. If you could ride that biatch until it stopped, you were a frigging hero.

The Cliff Dives: 18 feet, the other 27. That's it, you just huck yourself off a cliff into a pool, full of people, who would stop paying attention and just swim right under the cliffs which people plummeted from. Also, if you were overcome by vertigo, the guy at the top would just push you off.

The Bungee Jump: The parents wouldn't even let me look at a bungee jump operated by Action Park.
 
2013-08-29 10:36:14 AM  
How has no one published a book on AP yet? Run by underpaid local stoned teen agers, owned by shady tax dodgers that screwed the community royally, AP made local doctors and hospitals enormous profit with a daily flow of broken and mangled guests.

Anyone recall the short lived Summer Skiing? The skis had roller wheels in them and you went down an incredibly rock lined hill. Dentists and Masochists shuddered to watch that one.

Check out back issues of Weird New Jersey Magazine for great articles and letters on Action Park.

The new Park is nice as can be. Owned & run by a professional company that has many Parks.
 
2013-08-29 10:50:39 AM  
The part about the Alpine Slide that unnerved me was hearing the riders going down the hill as you were riding the lift. You'd hear below you the regular ka-thunk of the little carts going over the joints in the concrete...and then you'd hear one set of ka-thunks going a lot faster than the others, then a pause--

--then a WHAM as the cart landed on the track and (hopefully) kept going.

I'm pretty sure you weren't supposed to catch air on the Alpine Slide, not without all those jagged rocks on each side.
 
2013-08-29 11:09:43 AM  

1stgenwhtrash: Went there once in the 80's...let's CSB

Back flop (reverse belly flop) off the 10' drop out of the underground waterslide into the pond. I could barely swim to the ladder.

Lady in front of me fell off the super slick rope swing and hit the wooden deck several feet below. They cleared her away--elapsed time 1 minute, 30 seconds--and it was my turn. I proceeded to almost repeat her stunt, just barely holding on to make the water.

Was there a wave pool? I almost drowned in a wave pool. Stayed out too long and was up and down on the ladder 10-15 times before I thought to cinch my arms around a rung on the downswing then let go and use my legs to help propel me out on the upswing. That might've been somewhere else, though.

Did I mention that I was in good shape and a strong swimmer at the time? I had a blast, though.



That wave pool nearly killed me too. I remember being banged against the ladder multiple times before successfully clinging to it for my life. (I was on the local swim team at the time!)

But I loved the bubble pool dive. If you timed it right your high dive would land you in a huge cushion of water foamed with air bubble. Of course time it wrong and it was really just a belly flop platform. Ouch.

Good times. I say a few injuries and deaths is a small price to pay for THAT much fun.
 
2013-08-29 11:13:09 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: How in the hell does a loopty-loop on a water slide work?


Momentum and centripetal force.
 
2013-08-29 11:33:09 AM  
I remember reading about snakes in one of the ponds people tarzan swang/water slided into.

That place had something for everyone!
 
2013-08-29 11:40:03 AM  

SpectroBoy: ecmoRandomNumbers: How in the hell does a loopty-loop on a water slide work?

Momentum and centripetal force.


And broken noses. Lots of broken noses too apparently.
 
2013-08-29 12:30:10 PM  

SpectroBoy: 1stgenwhtrash: Went there once in the 80's...let's CSB

Back flop (reverse belly flop) off the 10' drop out of the underground waterslide into the pond. I could barely swim to the ladder.

Lady in front of me fell off the super slick rope swing and hit the wooden deck several feet below. They cleared her away--elapsed time 1 minute, 30 seconds--and it was my turn. I proceeded to almost repeat her stunt, just barely holding on to make the water.

Was there a wave pool? I almost drowned in a wave pool. Stayed out too long and was up and down on the ladder 10-15 times before I thought to cinch my arms around a rung on the downswing then let go and use my legs to help propel me out on the upswing. That might've been somewhere else, though.

Did I mention that I was in good shape and a strong swimmer at the time? I had a blast, though.


That wave pool nearly killed me too. I remember being banged against the ladder multiple times before successfully clinging to it for my life. (I was on the local swim team at the time!)

But I loved the bubble pool dive. If you timed it right your high dive would land you in a huge cushion of water foamed with air bubble. Of course time it wrong and it was really just a belly flop platform. Ouch.

Good times. I say a few injuries and deaths is a small price to pay for THAT much fun.


Being a teen at the time and about to drown in the wave pool, the overwhelming feeling was embarrassment. Correctly fearing for my life was not on the radar. All I could think was 'Jesus, dude, wtf are your doing? You don't see anyone else drowning here. Pull it together! You're going to cause a scene.'
 
2013-08-29 01:19:50 PM  
God I love Action Park threads.
 
2013-08-29 02:07:55 PM  
poorjon:

The Cliff Dives: 18 feet, the other 27. That's it, you just huck yourself off a cliff into a pool, full of people, who would stop paying attention and just swim right under the cliffs which people plummeted from. Also, if you were overcome by vertigo, the guy at the top would just push you off.

This was really something to see.  27 foot jump offs with no supervision.

 Also the Cannonball?  You'd shoot out of a tube into a cold mountain spring, be completely dazed with someone barreling out right behind you.


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