Personal Narrative: Do You Dare To Ride?

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Elora Jacobsen
Do You Dare to Ride?
It has always intrigued me how much trust we have in rollercoasters. Some people won't drive in the car with a certain person because their driving scares them, but they will get on a roller-coaster without any second thought. You sit in the seat, get all strapped in, and let fate decide the rest. The feeling of the wind blowing through your hair, the sheer force pushing you into the back of the seat, and not once you think about how many accidents have occurred on a rollercoaster or how many people have died on a malfunctioning rollercoaster. According to A Pelletier, "Approximately four deaths annually in the United States are associated with roller coaster."
For my twentieth birthday, I decided to go to Lagoon Amusement Park with my boyfriend, my best friend, and my best friend's boyfriend. I was extremely excited as it was my first time to Lagoon and I have been wanting to go for years. We had been planning the trip for months now and it was only a few days away. As I sat at home getting all packed for our trip, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and kept seeing posts about the Ohio State Fair. I thought it was weird because we live in
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The Fireball, one of the most popular rides of all time according to Amusement of America, is a pendulum-type apparatus that spins and swings riders 40 feet into the air, spinning at 13 revolutions per minute. On the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, one of the arms holding a section of passengers broke of mid-ride, launched 8 passengers off of the ride 50 feet through the air and plummeting towards the ground. One of the passengers died on impact, the seven others were severely injured. I was shocked to find out that a ride that I go on every year, broke apart and killed a person. This was the first time that I had ever actually stopped to think about how dangerous amusement rides are and how willing I am to get on

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