Roller Coasters Were Invented to Stop Prostitution

The morally amusing history of roller coasters in America

Roller coaster

Rewind 500 years ago and you might’ve come across an interesting sight in St. Petersburg. 80-foot tall stairs leading up to a platform that curved down into an upside-down arch. The slides were covered in slick ice in the middle of winters. Sprinkles of sand littered the bottom of…



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J.J. Pryor

Ex-Traveler | Ex-pat | Ex-Head Product | Ex-Polymath | Ex-Cuses | PB&T creator | Top 100 Writer |