Stuff You Should Know's Ultimate Roller Coaster Quiz
Roller coasters are a regular American institution. And if you listened to our podcast on coasters, then this one should be a breeze. Hang your head in shame for any score under 15 out of 20.
What is considered the direct ancestor of roller coasters?
- coal mine cars
- trolley cars
- ice slides
In what country were ice slides popular in the 16th and 17th centuries?
True or false: The first roller coaster in the United States was in the state of New York.
Also in Pennsylvania, what is considered to be the first genuine amusement park?
What's the name of the legendary amusement park that was built on Coney Island, N.Y., in 1903?
- Luna Park
- Coney City
- Coney Island Fun Park
The first roller coaster boom was in the 1920s. The second came during which decade?
True or false: The traditional method of getting a roller coaster up the initial hill is by using a chain lift.
After the initial hill of a standard roller coaster, what keeps the train going the rest of the way?
The initial potential energy of a roller coaster is changed into what after it crests the first hill?
- kinetic energy
- secondary potential energy
- momentous energy
What are the two main forces acting on the body during a roller coaster ride?
- gravity and acceleration
- acceleration and deceleration
- gravity and upward vertical force
Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to what?
- stay in motion
- pick up friction
- come to an eventual screeching halt
What do coaster enthusiasts call the moment at the top of a hill where the rider rises from his or her seat?
- the oopsy daisy
- air time
- the bomb diggity
Tubular steel roller coaster tracks first came about during what decade?
The fastest roller coaster in the world as of 2011 is located in which country?
- United States
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
At 456 feet (139 meters) high, the tallest coaster in the world in 2011 sits in which state?
- New Jersey
With a total of 10 inversions, the Colossus coaster shares the record with a coaster in China. In which country is the Colossus?
- United States
- United Arab Emirates
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, what are your chances of suffering a serious injury during a visit to an amusement park?
- one in 25 million
- one in 5 million
- one in 50 million
What are your chances of getting killed on a roller coaster?
- one in 500 million
- one in 1.5 billion
- one in 5 billion
As rated by most roller coaster organizations, what is the best coaster amusement park on the planet?
- Europa Park
- Islands of Adventure
- Cedar Point
True or false: The Steel Dragon 2000 coaster in Japan is the longest roller coaster in the world.