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Courtesy of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
The initial drop, during construction
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Test Raft Flies Off Verrückt
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Human Riders Test Verrückt
By Evan Wood
Verrückt, the German word for insane, apparently made it past enough marketing executives at Schlitterbahn KC to become the name of the park's newest ride. At over 168 feet Verrückt is the world's tallest water slide, according to Guinness World Records.
You can add world's most interesting water slide to the attraction's accolades, too; Verrückt has been mired in controversial reports throughout the past few months.
Most interestingly, i09 reported in May that the slide had launched some human riders into the air shortly after being opened to the public. Inquisitr made the same report, but the claims were never substantiated. Days after Inquisitr's report, officials from Schlitterbahn told The Kansas City Star that no human riders had yet tested the slide.
Although no humans were launched off the ride, a raft full of sandbags definitely was; a clip from the Travel Channel's special about the slide shows the raft vaulting over the side during a test run.
The video seems to have been taken before some adjustments were made to the ride, and as videos recently released by Schlitterbahn have demonstrated, humans have successfully gone down the ride without being launched into the air and/or dying.
Gizmodo spoke with the ride's engineer, John Schooley, who was one of the men in the test video. He said, "It was a pretty exciting ride. I was terrified, especially being the first to go down it."
So is Verrückt going to kill you? Probably not. But there's no time like the present to find out for yourself. The ride opens to the public Thursday, July 10.