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And then there is Cthulthu's book which drives you mad when you read it :
I can't remember if it was the Necronomicon or the Koran ;-)

I smell a dystopian science fiction story . . .

Wow. That's a sobering thought.

I faint on roller coasters. On the smaller ones, I've never been on a huge one. Both times I tried going on one I don't remember anything after the first drop.

I write about food and physics:

The damage reported to be sustained by the euthanasia coaster would presumably have to be consistently achieved otherwise you'll end up with some not-quite-dead patients. So you'd really have to crank up the G's or it would be rather cost-ineffective. Off to find the nearest decent coaster - all the more scary if I think I'm *actually* going to die.

Years ago I was playing with one of the early roller coaster simulators, which had simulated riders who would judge your design for its excitement. After a large amount of middling scores, I set it up to accelerate to about 90 mph *before* hitting the first hill. The g-force meter ended up maxing out in all directions roughly every five seconds, and I was quite pleased with the realization that I had designed an utterly unsurvivable ride.

The simulated riders still gave me middling scores, however.

I know several people who were in the ER in Williamsburg when Fabio came in. He kept crying "My face, my's worth millions" (at least according to these people). Just minor stitches, and his precious face recovered. Poor goose---imagine, dying by running into Fabio's nose...

If you want to go on a ride that will actually make you think you are going to die, try the Wild Mouse in Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It's more than half a century old, made of wood, and with its rickety appearance and tilting carts it has you convinced that at the next corner something will finally break off and the cart will be launched into space...

What's with the weird video at the end, by the way. Is that actually someone dying on a roller coaster? If so, why make such a disrespectful video about it, and show it to us? If not, then what's the point?

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
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      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1-1/2 oz sour mix
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      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
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      7 oz orange juice
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      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
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