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Verrückt: The world's tallest water slide is the stuff of nightmares

Slide stands at 168 feet

CHRISTOPHER HOOTON

Published 07/07/2014 | 19:00

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Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide, is nearing completion at a Kansas water park, and it's even more vertiginous than you're imagining.

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The 168ft slide has been being built for some time, amid (spurious) reports that it was delayed after some testers went airborne while riding it.

Following extensive testing with sandbags, humans are now being sent down the slide in rafts, with Schlitterbahn park uploading a video of one brave man stepping forward as a guinea pig.

Riders reach speeds of 60-70mph on the slide, which doesn’t actually feature much water just a hell of a lot of gravity.

Verruckt, which is German for 'insane,' was originally scheduled to open in May but has been delayed while it is further tweaked.

"A lot of the adjustments we were making have been made,” a spokesperson for the park said. "Nobody’s really done this before, so we’ve got to kind of expect the unexpected."

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