Featured Photo #8 – Time to Get Geeky

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Loch Ness Monster Roller Coaster Blueprints
Deep within the bowels of the Loch Ness Monter’s lair I was able to snap this photo of one of the blueprints that lined the wall.  The few times I’ve been lucky enough to get behind-the-scenes roller coaster tours I’ve geeked out when I encountered blueprints.

Of course I couldn’t tell you anything about what’s actually in this blueprint, it’s just cool to see. Well, I can say that something weighs or can hold 150 lbs. This photo’s off the charts in terms of coaster geekiness. Who takes pictures of blueprints? I felt like a spy or secret agent.

See more blueprints and other behind-the-scenes photos from the Busch Coaster Tour.

What’s Your Take?
Do you have any behind-the-scenes coaster spy photos? Any guesses as to what these blueprints are for? Leave a comment below.

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  1. It kinda looks like the joint that connects the cars… But 150lbs seems a little weak for that

  2. It is geeky. I'm going to take that picture as well when I go that way.

  3. The answer to the eternal question "Is it better to be a jock or a nerd"?

    Michael Jordan made over $300,000 a game. That equals $10,000 a minute, at an average of 30 minutes per game.

    With $40 million in endorsements, he made $178,100 a day, working or not.

    If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

    If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $9.50, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there.

    If he decides to have a 5 minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it.

    He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage.

    He'd make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.

    If he wanted to save up for a new Acura SLX (about $90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

    If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

    He'd probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed around $30,000 during that round.

    Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), he will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.

    If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you'd be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.

    He'd make about $19.60 while watching the 100 meter dash in the Olympics.

    He'd make about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

    While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy Chicago restaurant, he'd pull in about $5600.

    In his last year, he made more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined.

    … However…

    … If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 250 years, he'll still have less than Bill Gates has today.

    Game over. Nerd wins

    I got that joke from 101funjokes.com. Its okay to geek out.

    • LOL! Nerds rule. No questions asked.

    • Why can't you be both? A smart Jock. Is that oxymoronic?

      • Not an oxymoron at all. You could definitely be both. But in a World that loves labels people aren't typically identified as both.

    • I've seen this before. There's definitely nothing wrong with geeks/nerds. In a lot of ways they get the last laugh over the jocks/"popular" kids in high school.

  4. I'm going to venture a guess that what you are seeing says that those bolts require 150 ft. lbs. of torque to be properly tightened.

    • Nice guess Coaster Guy. I'm not all that mechanically inclined, but that sounds pretty good.

  5. I think it is a drawing of the wheel assembly for each car.

    • No question.


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