Here's something no one has ever said: "Man, I wish that roller coaster was entirely powered by human pedaling!" Because really, amusement parks are frightening enough without introducing even more human error into the equation.
But at Ai Pioppi, a completely unattended, human-powered amusement park in Italy, somebody made no one's wish a reality. In fact, no ride is guaranteed to keep you safe. Let the rider beware.
YouTube blogger Tom Scott explored the terrifying theme park this weekend, documenting his experience in the death-trap north of Venice. Scott barreled down dingy, rust-ridden tracks, tackled creepy-looking sleds, and braved the Wheel of Death -- a horrifying, pedal-powered ride that flips you upside down at vomit-inducing angles. Yep, it's not enough for the machine to just torture you; YOU have to torture you.
According to Scott’s YouTube description, the man-made amusement park was constructed by a restaurateur named Bruno who taught himself to weld, and subsequently, built the park next to his restaurant. Because nothing caps a fine meal quite like getting your pasta a la carbonara all up on your T-shirt.
As Scott warns viewers, “if you don't take the right amount of caution, it can hurt you." Well, duh. And true enough, Scott ended up needing seven stitches before he left -- NOT from the Wheel of Death, but rather just from tripping in the park.
You should only be so lucky.