What Could Possibly Go Wrong with a Homemade Wooden Roller Coaster?

The Reverse Cowgirl is a rollercoaster designed and built for rush week by two college students.  Wooden rollercoasters are terrifying enough, but when you consider one built by a couple of college dudes, who may or may not be in a fraternity (not passing judgement…okay maybe a little), it seems  a scarier proposition than spending a week at Gitmo.

At least that’s how most sites are spinning this contraption.  

In actuality, it was built by MIT students on their East Campus.   So yes, it was built by college students, but it’s a bit easier to stomach knowing it was from some really, really, smart engineering students at MIT.  And yes, it was built during rush week.  But rush week at MIT is a time when students figure out what dorm they want to live in and most dorms get together to build insanely elaborate projects to attract underclassmen.

The coaster “dropped its riders vertically, then turned them face down as they skimmed 2 feet above the ground, face down and strapped with their backs to the cart.”  Wait, what?  That’s insane.  By the time you get to the other side, you’d be face down and upside down.  The construction looks pretty solid, but there’s no way in hell you could get me to ride this.  And I’m a coaster junkie.

They intended to have 200 students ride it, but only 20 were brave enough.  Here it is in action:

[via Make/Geekosystem]

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