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Ever wonder what the Thrill of the Century was?

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Now you know.

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I had expected something a bit more grand, but I guess I was wrong!

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Looks like it could have come from China - by drilling all the way through. :rolleyes:

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This one looks a bit more exciting.

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I wonder if anyone could walk a straight line right after they got off it.

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That slide thing is pretty funny. I suspect that the "Thrill of A Century" refers to the actual fair--The Century of Progress--and not the entire 20th Century. However, even if it does, it appears to be a good example of hyperbole.

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Nowadays, they'd have you sliding directly into the gift shop at the bottom, where you could buy a T-shirt that read "I rode the Thrill of the Century", or you could buy the professional photograph of yourself screaming at the top of your lungs on your way down. Things were seemingly a bit more innocent back then.

That Tower Dip ride does look a bit interesting. Depending on the speed, you could work up some G-forces on that thing. Back then they didn't have state regulators limiting g-forces, so you could render a rider unconscious and hardly anybody cared.

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Here's a couple of tickets for the Tower Dip, shown in the photo, and the Conical Slide, which is what I think may have been the ticket for the Thrill of a Century. (The tickets are from 1934, the second year of the fair) I haven't seen a "Giant Slide" or "Thrill of a Century" one in this series of tickets.post-5602-0-69391200-1350507616_thumb.jp

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That Tower Dip was pretty expensive in 1934 terms.

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