'Insane' water slide being built in Kansas

Last updated 12:10 21/11/2013
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The Verruckt Meg-A-Blaster is under construction in Kansas City.

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A photo of an under-construction water slide in Kansas with what looks to be a right-angle drop has social media users gawking and expressing fear.

The Verruckt Meg-A-Blaster is being called the world's tallest and fastest water slide and the park where it is being built says it will shatter records set by another slide in Brazil. According to Guinness World Records, the world's tallest water slide is the Kilimanjaro in Barra do Piraí, which is 50 metres high. The slide at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn park will debut May 23, when the park opens for the season, according to the Kansas City Star.

Verruckt is the German word for "insane."

The park will not reveal the details on speed and height until the slide opens in Kansas City, but a photo being distributed on social media appears to show a slide that falls at nearly a right angle with the ground.

"This new Meg-A-Blaster speed slide ... is going to be a game changer for our industry," Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry said in a news release. "Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride."

The company described it as a four-person raft ride.

Social media users reading posts or stories about the slide said they would be too frightened to try it.

One reader at the gawker.com site said, "I just feel like you'd fall off the side at some point and that would not be fun."

"My fear of heights/falling dreams look cuddly and fun compared to this," wrote another reader.

"Who's writing their liability policy?" wrote yet another.

-USA Today

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