May 11, 2005

Luckily still not untracked

Jill Beckman sent in a link to a 6/18/2003 story by Neal Rubin in the Detroit News, about a balky rollercoaster:

Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster stands 420 feet tall, goes from zero to 120 mph in four seconds and frequently doesn't work.

Some half-asleep (or subversive?) editor ran this story under the headline "Cedar Point ride can't get untracked". As Jill observed, getting untracked is one of the few things that hasn't gone wrong with the ride, which (as of the date of the story) had experienced a series of problems with its hydraulics and its electrical system, but had never come off the rails. And Lila Gleitman pointed out that the headline writer has clearly "lost track of the internal morphology".

Posted by Mark Liberman at May 11, 2005 12:55 PM