You know how when you go to an amusement park and ride roller coasters, you raise your arms in the air and scream like a bloody fool? Well, a theme park in Britain wants to ban that. Not the roller coasters or the screaming, just the raising of arms.
Yes, Thorpe Park in Surrey is trying to curtail the body odor of its roller coaster patrons by requiring that they keep their arms down when the temperature is 25° C (77°) or higher. The park has posted signs reading “Say No to BO” near the queues for the coasters but hasn’t formally stated how strictly the policy will be policed or whether customers will be ranked on point system based on how bad they smell.
Divisional Director Mike Valis did have this to say, however: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster summer in regards to the weather but we have found that when the temperature gauge tops 25°C the level of unpleasant smells can become unacceptable and we do receive complaints….We felt a ban in temperatures of more than 25°C would be the best way of ensuring our guests have the most enjoyable experience and aren’t exposed to any unsavoury armpits.”
The policy is in effect as of today.
(Photo: Paul & Aline)