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Lisa Canter

Very funny. I find most museums of natural history ridiculous as well. They just manage to forget to show white men in the tribal culture that all people came from. Very strange. And capitalism is bound to strike more if us down than any wild life - that's for sure.

bri

The only thing I could find was Busch Gardens Tampa, where the entire park is faux-African themed.

It doesn't look *overtly* racist from my perfunctory clicking around, except in that insidious capitalist cultural-appropriation kind of way (for example, it actually has a "Kenya Kanteen"). And it also looks like it has musical acts that provide the thin veneer of respectability for marketing Otherness to Republican retirees. However, there's nothing about a "Scary Zulus" attraction that I could see.

Me, I'd like a "History of Capitalism" ride with major financial backing behind it. Sort of like a professionally-done Hell House (like all the right-wing Christian nutjob kids are doing these days) or Disney's Haunted Mansion. I'd dig a ride about the Shirtwaist Fire or maquiladores on the Rio Grande...

badgerbag

No it wasn't that... it was something like Arkansas City Water Park, or whatever...

Sarah

That was a fun scavenger hunt!

"Zulu" is at "Worlds of Fun" (what a silly name...) in Kansas City, MO. Check it out.

And apparently, it makes one vomit:

"The following year I was stationed as the manager of the “Zulu,” a thrill ride in the Africa section. The Zulu was one of those rides where you sit in cars that hang from the perimeter of a big wheel. The damn thing speeds up and forces the cars to swing out and then the whole contraption tilts up in the air at 90 degrees. It was a pretty fun ride, but very conducive towards churning stomaches. The Zulu was just down the hill from the “Finnish Fling,” which is that ride where you stick to the walls of a big spinning barrel as the floor drops. Both rides were vomit-inducing, which prompted the manager of the Fling (Paul Valenti, nephew of MPAA president, Jack Valenti) and myself to refer to our section of Worlds of Fun as “Vomitland.” " -- another blog is possible

e

no, busch gardens tampa is guilty as well. funny, i was gonna post about that when i saw this but figured it was off topic, but about 10 years ago we had a new professor move to USF in tampa and she took her young niece to busch gardens. she came back with tales galore, but the one i most remember was about the bumper cars. they were called the "Ubangi Bang-Bang."

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