The Dow Roller Coaster ... As an Actual Roller Coaster

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Via Techcrunch: If you could literally ride the ups and downs of the stock ticker as the market crashed in 2008, what would it feel like? A pretty decent ride, right? Right. So some genius has turned the last 12 months of vertiginous stock insanity into an virtual roller coaster iPhone app (video after the jump), and he should be praised for it. In our time of darkness, verily, may God bless the iPhone and keep it.





Clearly, we could take this farther: a Great Depression ride! A Panic of 1907 ride! A Bear Sterns' ride that docks underwater! Who knows, maybe one day with the recession behind us, Disney World will team with some engineers to sponsor and build a roller coaster based on the country's (or Disney's own) stock adventure, with the coater cars flying by big colorful placards that scream "Save more!", "You can't afford that house!" and "Pay your credit card bill before...ahhh!"

If we can't make our history nauseous for our children, we are all doomed to repeat it.
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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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