Meet the Verruckt, a monstrous water slide soon to open at Kansas Cityâ€™s Schlitterbahn Park. Standing an absurd 168 feet high -- a Guinness World Record for a water slide -- the Verruckt straps riders into a four-person raft and sends them screaming down the near vertical chute at speeds reaching 70 mph. But it doesnâ€™t end with that first drop, because milliseconds after reaching the soaking nadir of this hellride, riders are sent back up a second rise, after which theyâ€™ll tumble another 50 feet before arriving in the relative safety of a pool.
Sound scary? Just wait until you watch it in action. Since the opening of the Verruckt has been temporarily delayed, park officials strapped a camera to a sandbag and shoved it on its merry way to give us all a taste of what this slice of water park lunacy is all about:
In case you were wondering, Verruckt means â€śinsaneâ€ť in German.