6. The Coney Island Parachute Jump’s Screamers

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Coney Island’s emblematic Parachute Jump was initially at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, but moved to Steeplechase Park in 1941. Not only is this the only remaining original structure from Steeplechase Park, but the Parachute Jump also achieved initial popularity in a somewhat non-traditional way. To lure more park goers, the attraction’s operators encouraged young women who seemed like “screamers” to ride. But they didn’t stop here; the operators then left them hanging suspended in the air so that others in the park would hear their screaming and feel compelled to ride.