Adventures in Falling Quiz: Can you stomach it?

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If you can take this quiz and pass it, that's great. If you can take this quiz and pass it while upside down on a roller coaster, even better.

According to doctors, what is the likely cause for that stomach dropping sensation?

It's actually a bit of a mystery, but doctors think it has something to do with the shifting of organs and fluid inside the body.

True or false: That stomach dropping sensation is harmful to your health.

False. A little organ shifting never hurt anyone.

True or false: Similar to the classic toy, the Slingshot thrill ride utilizes a stretchy band to propel the passenger capsule upward.

The stretchy band on a handheld slingshot is good for shooting rocks, but it's not as useful for hurling a passenger capsule.

It's sure not the toy you played with as a kid: How high can the Slingshot ride launch the passenger capsule?

Would you believe 361 feet (110 meters)? The capsule is attached to a cable made from a pair of steel ropes that is strung between the tops of two towers ranging from 118 to 236 feet (36 to 72 meters) in height.

At what speed does the passenger capsule on the Slingshot travel after it's released?

A specially designed system of steel ropes, pulleys and springs propels the passenger capsule at an incredible 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

What is g-force?

While it would be a pretty awesome name for a military unit, g-force is actually a meaurement of force caused by gravity or acceleration. The normal pull of gravity is 1g.

What's the maneuver called where a pilot puts an aircraft into a vertical climb then abruptly turns the nose down into a dive?

Companies like Sky Thrills! in Fullerton, Calif., will actually let you perform stunts like the hammerhead turn -- no experience required.

Which is NOT a popular stunt plane?

The Extra 300L and the Pitts S-2C are capable of doing stunts like rolls, loops, inverted flight, hammerhead turns and more. The Canary B-5700 can't do anything, because it's made up.

Some people will do crazy things to get in the record books. Take Curtis Rivers, for example. He made the highest altitude bungee jump on record in May 2002 when he leapt from a hot air balloon hovering at what height?

Curtis Rivers bungee jumped from a hot air balloon at 15,200 feet. After his 33-foot (10-meter) cord stretched to 98 feet (30 meters), Curtis bounced five times, then disconnected the cord and parachuted to the ground

Planning a bungee vacation? Then you'll have to visit this spot, the highest commercial bungee jump in the world:

At the A.J. Hackett Macau Tower in Macau, China, you can bungee jump from a height of 764 feet (233 meters) above the city below.

Where are the "land divers" that inspired the founders of modern bungee jumping?

Believe it or not, the "land-divers" of Pentecost Island have been jumping off of 100-foot (30-meter) wooden towers for centuries. They jump with fresh, elastic vines tied around their ankles.

Where did the first modern bungee jump take place?

After observing the "land-divers" of Pentecost Island, the members of the United Kingdom’s Oxford Dangerous Sports Club decided to try it for themselves. Members jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on April 1, 1979, and the modern sport of bungee jumping was born.

True or false: Passengers in ZERO-G's G-FORCE ONE aircraft actually experience zero gravity.

Actually, that's false. Kind of tricky, huh? Gravity is very much at work during the flights of the G-FORCE ONE. Passengers float inside the aircraft as if weightless because they're basically being pulled toward Earth at the same rate as the plane.

To give its passengers the feeling of weightlessness, the G-FORCE ONE makes a series of aerobatic maneuvers known as what?

A parabolic flight pattern has peaks and valleys that make it look like a wave. Let's hope you never have a commercial airline flight like that!

Along what segment of the parabola do passengers on the G-FORCE ONE experience weightlessness?

From the top of the parabola down to the bottom. That's the fun part. From the bottom of the parabola up to the top, passengers are exposed to a g-force of 1.8.

Because of the ups and downs of its flight pattern, NASA’s version of the G-FORCE ONE earned what nickname?

NASA's first Vomit Comets from the 1950s were twin-engine C-131s. Today the agency uses the C-9.

True or false: Wheeled roller coasters have been around since the late 1700s.

Yeah, that's true, but you can bet there was no corkscrew involved. Just gently sloping hills at a simple track in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Look out below! How high does the Kingda Ka roller coaster take its passengers?

At 465 feet high, the Kingda Ka is the world's tallest roller coaster. It's also the second fastest, with cars reaching speeds of 128 miles per hour (206 kilometers per hour).

What invention revolutionized roller coaster construction in the 1950s?

You can thank tubular steel track for corkscrews, high speeds and upside-down cars. It debuted at Disneyland's Matterhorn in 1959.

Hold on to your seats! Where can you find the world's fastest roller coaster?

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be exact. The coaster, known as the Formula Rossa, launches you from 0 to 149 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour) in just 4.9 seconds!

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