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Roller coasters are feats of creative engineering genius — take a look at their 200-year history

What's the most terrifyingly safe entertainment around? Roller coasters, of course. For just a few minutes, your lizard brain thinks the world is ending while your more rational side can see that, even at 100 miles per hour, you're in no real danger. Over the last 200 years, these mammoth machines have risen to incredible heights and come to pack a wallop in G-forces. Today, the tallest coaster is 456 feet tall and can get shut down if the fog is too low.
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