Not everyone enjoyed Coney Island's thrill rides, least of all this writer, who declared them a barbarian form of entertainment. "The suicidal instinct must lurk deep within us," he said. "In its mildest form it displays itself when we march up to a Coney Island neck-breaker and are twisted, turned and hurled by some fiendish contrivance."
These contrivances included the horseless merry-go-round, a British patent device that challenged passengers to grab a prize while running inside a rapidly whirling wheel. Those who managed to overcome the centrifugal force would likely find at the bottom of a dogpile before they could seize the reward in the device's center.
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