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World's Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas
The world's tallest water slide - sending riders down a 50mph (80kph) plunge - has opened in Kansas after weeks of delays.
Riders are strapped into a raft that has room for three people.
It dives 17 storeys in a near-vertical descent before getting propelled back up five storeys by rushing water and plunging a second time to its end.
The slide - called "Verruckt", the German word for insane - stands 168ft (51.4m) high, towering over the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City.
The descent takes 15 to 20 seconds.
"It was breathtaking," said one rider, the 17-year-old Paige Rife.
"It was actually steeper than I thought. I screamed all the way down."
Operators postponed the opening of the slide three times to ensure safety.