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Culture: Amusement Park: Ride: Rollercoaster
Moebius Roller Coaster   (+12, -4)  [vote for, against]
Based on an Escher illustration

Perhaps it could be used for a Mathematics based Theme Park or something.
-- waugsqueke, Mar 17 2003

(?) Moebius Ant Sculpture http://nths.newtrie...curves/moebants.htm
[waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) this split, double-twisted, one-sided Escher mobius http://www7.plala.o...o/Mobius_Strip.html
would give an even but wild ride and no support problems [FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) A Mobius roller-coaster - built 1935.
[AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 29 2005]

Wally: "I'm re-running the 'Best Of Wally' while I'm on in-cube sabbatical."
Dilbert: "How long are you on sabbatical?"
Wally: "Six weeks so far. You're the first to notice".
-- egbert, Mar 17 2003

Yes, definitely. It could weave its way round the Escher Theme Park, past the Watermill and the Gazebo, round the Gallery, alongside the lake with the Fish, and then through the Insect House. Wonderful.
-- 8th of 7, Mar 17 2003

[egbert] - Nice quote - I was dimly reminded of that too but couldn't remember it exactly. It's weird seeing all these reruns...
-- hippo, Mar 17 2003

That's the trouble with all these Moebius-based technologies. What goes around, comes around ..... and around ..... and around .....
-- 8th of 7, Mar 17 2003

I don't know what was said about this idea first time around, but...
did anyone address issues in the geometry/physics of loops and curves necessary for both inside mass and outside mass spins? I don't think the same radius calculations hold true.
Or perhaps this is more magical whimsy and math isn't relevant?
-- roby, Mar 17 2003

Yes, roby, that was all discussed. There was also much debate on whether the actual structure could be built, suspended off the ground.

No magical whimsy here at all, it's a serious idea.
-- waugsqueke, Mar 31 2003

Yes, I saw elsewhere plausible schematics of two-sided tracks & support structure.
But I know that roller coaster design requires loops in precisely calculated descending and ascending radii, accounting for mass and velocity and force vectors...which would by necessity be different results for outside vs. inside mass on the turns.
So out of curiosity, how were these problems resolved?
-- roby, Mar 31 2003

++ Very nice. It takes two trips around before you can get off. This idea could be expanded. For instance, by using a track with a triangular cross section (as many are anyway), with tracks on each face, a single 120 degree twist then gives you a roller coaster that requires 3 trips around to return to the original starting condition. Similarly with any polygon.
-- pluterday, Mar 31 2003

Math Coaster -- Trefoil loop, sphericon surface loop, toroidal loops...
-- JesusHChrist, Mar 28 2005

Baked. The Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach - two cars "race" side by side on a single track. [link]
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 29 2005

[Absinthe] I thought the grand national was two parallel tracks. Is that the one on horses or the one with carriages?
-- squeak, Mar 29 2005

The Grand National is a proper wooden coaster with cars, at the north of the park - the station is a listed building. There is a steel track "horse" ride at the south end of the park.
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 29 2005

It's ages since I've been to Blackpool.
-- squeak, Mar 29 2005

[squeak] You've not been missing much - it's still a smelly dump.
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 29 2005

Yeah, people kept mentioning the Blackpool coaster. That ain't it. We already established.
-- waugsqueke, Mar 29 2005

//That ain't it. We already established that// <looks at annos again> Where?
-- AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 29 2005

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
-- waugsqueke, Mar 30 2005

I went to a Moebius exhibit once. It was on the third floor. After two hours of climbing stairs, I realised I had been ripped-off.
-- the_jxc, Mar 30 2005

Have any Londoners noticed that by night the London Eye when viewed from an angle looks strikingly like a mobius strip with the way the lights on it appear to bend round the structure?

This made me think of a mobius roller-coaster which, inevitably, led me here.
I hate that.
And it's the second time the bakery has thwarted my plans of world domination.

-- theleopard, Dec 07 2006

Quite feasible, especially in a world of magnetic accelerators.

I envision the coaster entering at the "top" of the strip, where it'd be flat, and then the strip-turn/joint is somewhere lower in the loop. This all would be jst for ease of construction what with a track-switcher being necessary to get you out of the loop and onto the rest of the roller coaster
-- EdwinBakery, Jun 27 2013

random, halfbakery