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About Jackdude101

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    What would donkeys be like on the moon?
  • Birthday 11/30/1982
  1. End-of-year/end-of-decade update to the Attraction Rankings Top 50. I will also take this moment to state that due to the very high amount of manual labor that these spreadsheets require, combined with the fact that no one besides me has replied to this topic in the past five years, it's unlikely that I will continue to update them further. Working with these spreadsheets just isn't as fun as it used to be. Perhaps I'm finally maturing (...nah, that can't be it). Peace be with you.
  2. End-of-year/end-of-decade update to the Roller Coaster Rankings Top 50.
  3. Steel Curtain is now the king of the roller coaster spreadsheet.
  4. An interesting development happened related to the Roller Coaster Rankings spreadsheet this weekend. For the first time since I created it in May 2009, Cedar Point (thanks to the opening of Steel Vengeance) overtook Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  5. Here's the Attraction Rankings spreadsheet showing only the Average Weather Ranking for each state/province.
  6. ...and here is the latest Top 50 on the Attraction Rankings Spreadsheet:
  7. Long time, no see. I did not touch any of my attraction ranking spreadsheets for almost all of 2017, and now I revisited them and made some new updates. With the carousels, I removed all of the ones with only molded metal figures; and with the steam railroads, I removed everything with a track gauge less than 15 inches (minimum gauge). The most significant update, however, was with the roller coasters. First, I removed the rule that any operator running more than one roller coaster gets included, regardless of the size of the roller coasters. Under this rule, many operators running nothing
  8. My wife, two kids, and I went to Magic Kingdom today (Memorial Day). I was expecting the worst in terms of crowds, but there were actually moderate-sized crowds today. Thanks Pandora and Volcano Bay!
  9. Let's talk about Tarpon Springs, Florida, shall we? It's a small city north of Tampa and it's famous for being a center for the natural sponge harvesting industry started by Greek immigrants over a century ago. They have several boat tours available, but the St. Nicholas Boat Line (in the pic) uses the older wooden boats and has a guy that does sponge diving demos in the old-timey diving suit. Also near the boat tours are several Greek restaurants and of those, Hellas is the original one (don't forget to visit their bakery). There are also seafood restaurants like Rusty Bellies, which h
  10. In Largo in the Tampa Bay Area there is the Armed Forces History Museum with tons of weapons, tanks, and other vehicles with a focus on major 20th century american wars. One of my favorite parts was the full-scale World War I trench you can walk through. It has mustard gas attack demos, as well.
  11. Another notable Florida state park that used to be a small theme park/roadside attraction is Rainbow Springs. It's one of the largest springs in the state, and its most notable features are its man-made waterfalls, which are surviving elements from its theme park days (in its heyday, it also had paddle wheel boats, a small zoo, a rodeo, mermaid encounters, submarines, and even a small monorail). It's near the city of Dunnellon, whose name I believe is derived from a French word meaning "ass end of nowhere".
  12. I've heard of that place. You think Six Flags is impressive? This island had EIGHT flags.
  13. The South Florida Museum in Bradenton (southern edge of Tampa Bay) is home the Snooty the Manatee, and at 69 years old this year, he is believed to be the world's oldest manatee.
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