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Waterboard Thrill Ride
Status: Torture simulationVisitors to New York's Coney Island amusement park now have the opportunity to try the "Waterboard Thrill Ride." As the sign outside proclaims, "It don't Gitmo better!" According to Reuters:
It reminds me of the Abu Ghraib Prison Fantasy Camp, which was the creation of our very own Cranky Media Guy.
More broadly, it fits into the theme of Reality Tourism, other examples of which that I've posted about in the past include the "Khmer Rouge Experience Cafe" in Cambodia that served customers the watery gruel that people ate in the Killing Fields.
There's also "Communism: The Theme Park": An amusement park planned for outside Berlin where people could experience life under communism. As well as a nazi command post in Poland that was turned into a theme resort.
And last but not least: Croatian Club Med, where tourists who wanted to experience life in a hard-labor camp were issued convict uniforms and given the opportunity to pound large stones with a sledgehammer and haul the pieces on their back to quarries around the prison.
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I'll bet you anything the Coney Island version cost a lot less money than the one devised by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company.Posted by Big Gary in Boca Chica, Texas on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 01:30 PM
You know, I'm so stupid that I completely forgot about my own Abu Ghraib Fantasy Camp. Duh. I really have to start paying attention to my own life.Posted by Cranky Media Guy on Sat Aug 09, 2008 at 04:57 AM
And yet . . . There are many people, some of whom I know, who would enjoy such an experience so long as it was controlled for safety purposes.Posted by DFStuckey in Auckland New Zealand on Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 08:20 PM
Just these days, the Luna Park, an amusement park in FrPosted by Christophe Thill on Sun Aug 24, 2008 at 03:25 PM