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I have a friend who recently took his family on vacation to Disney World. It’s a good thing that he went when he did, because Florida is now getting slammed by what may turn out to be one of the most massive hurricanes that we’ve had since Katrina.

One of the things that we were talking about though was what rides he went on. He mentioned some of them to me and we proceeded to talk about how we’re both too old to be going on rides and how they just make us sick nowadays.

I literally have no desire to ride on roller coasters or even go to an amusement park. It just doesn’t sound like fun to me anymore. I can still remember the moment that I got sick for the first time on a roller coaster. I came when I was about 18 years old and it wasn’t even a very big ride. It was at that moment that I started to wonder if I was getting too old for this sort of thing.

One other reason that I am not too fond of the idea of going on roller coasters anymore is because I hear so man stories now about ride breaking or someone getting injured by a ride. That’s what happened to a 26-year-old woman in Australia after she was put in a coma after being hit by a ride.

The New York Post reported,

A 26-year-old Australian woman was left comatose with severe injuries — including brain damage and broken bones — after being struck by a roller coaster, according to reports.

Shylah Rodden is believed to have walked onto the tracks of the Rebel Coaster during the Melbourne Royal Show to retrieve her cellphone Sunday when she was hit by the ride and flung about 30 feet into the air, 7NEWS reported.

She has undergone surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she remains in critical condition with a brain injury, as well as broken arms, ribs, pelvis and legs, according to

Rodden’s father, Alan Rodden, told the Daily Mail that it was still unclear how the accident happened.

“There are a lot of stories going around and I don’t know which one is true and if someone is covering their tracks,” he told the news outlet after police claimed his daughter was trying to retrieve her phone when she was struck by the ride, which was traveling at about 43 mph.


Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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