How Many Times Could You Ride A Roller Coaster? Okay, How About Winning An Amazon Gift Certificate Instead?

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 8.442% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

@angie_tmpWould you ride a roller coaster for eight hours?  I wouldn’t.  I’d get sick and light-headed and probably dispense all sorts of crazy vomit-style fluids.
What if it was to help terminally ill children have the vacation of their dreams?
Well, my friend Angie is both crazy and brave, and will be headed down to Cedar Point next week to spend the weekend bobbing up and down at frightfully high speeds to raise funds for Give Kids The World, which gives free vacations to very sick children.  This sort of bodily abuse something I could never subject myself to, but this is just one of many reasons I admire Angie.
In addition, Angie is wise and realizes that incentives are needed, so she is offering a $25 Amazon gift certificate to anyone who donates and correctly guesses how many laps she will do over the day.  For your calculations:

  • Yes, Angie is allowed to take breaks off the rollercoaster, so she’s not strapped in all day.  But she is both brave and enjoys roller coasters, so I suspect she will spend more time moving than not.
  • She will be there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The coaster itself takes 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • If she’s not taking a break, Angie can just stay in her seat between rides, which is the real guessing zone; how long will the loading/unloading process takes?  Angie thinks two minutes, but there’s some play here because one suspects there will be more than a few laps where no one actually gets off.
  • Debates in the comments about how many times you could do it, or Angie could, are not only allowed but encouraged.

So.  Donate some money to sick kids, and bet on Angie’s stomach.  You’ll be doing some genuine good in the world, and you have a chance to win some nice merch of your own.

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