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7 things you didn't know about Six Flags Over Georgia

Every year, thrill seekers flock to Six Flags Over Georgia to take on rides and indulge in all of the park’s snacks and goodies — it's no suprise that the theme park is an Atlanta favorite.

While dedicated park goers may already know all the twist and turns of every roller coaster, some of these facts about Six Flags may surprise you.

1. Acrophobia is the only drop tower of its kind in the United States

The floorless ride, which means the “extreme or irrational fear of heights,” positions riders in a near-standing position face down and tilts them outward and the top of the 200-foot-tower. The combination of the tilt, riding position and rotating views makes for a unique experience.

2. Charities and military bases receive thousands of donated tickets

Every year in January, as part of the Six Flags Ticket Donation program, both Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water provide tickets to local charities and military bases. Both parks provide tickets and raise funds for a given program. In the past, the park has raised funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, MUST Ministries, American Red Cross and more. 

3. Six Flags Over Georgia’s property was originally a dairy farm

Before the park’s opening day on June 16, 1967, the property was a large family-owned dairy field. In 2017, the park will celebrate its 50th birthday and “will back on its storied history and also celebrate the future through innovation,” according to a statement from the park.

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4.  Six Flags holds a world record for the most couples smooching underneath mistletoe

Yes, that’s right. The theme park owns the Guinness World Records title for the most couples kissing under the mistletoe at once. The record was set in 2015 by 201 couples who kissed under sprigs of live mistletoe for ten seconds in the Mistletoe Mansion section of the park. 

5. Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water introduced a number of the “World’s First”

At the time when The Great American Scream Machine debuted in 1973, it was the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster. The Minder Bender, which debuted in 1978, was the world’s first triple looping coaster. The 2016 DC SUPER Friends family-themed area was the first of its kind in the world. The first virtual reality coaster, the New Revolution, was also North America’s first. Lastly, White Water’s Wahoo Racer, which opened this year, is the tallest slide of its kind in the world. 

6. Some of the rides from opening day are still operating

If you walk into the park today, there are several rides currently running that were introduced back in 1967, including the Hanson Cars and the Dahlonega Mine Train.

7. The Riverview Carousel is over 100 years old

The carousel – originally build in 1908 for Chicago’s Riverview Amusement Park – is filled with 70 hand-carved horses and four chariots. Once the Chicago park closed, the carousel moved over to Six Flags Over Georgia and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places. During the wintertime, the attraction is decked out with more than 100, 000 lights and candles for the holidays.

Deadly amoeba found at National Whitewater Center, activities suspended

The U.S. National Whitewater Center voluntarily closed its whitewater rafting activities Friday afternoon after water samples tested positive for a brain-eating amoeba, officials confirmed.

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The tests, which found Naegleria Fowleri at the Whitewater Center, are preliminary. Final results will not be ready until next week.

Visitors said a staff member blew a whistle around 4 p.m. Friday and had everyone get out of the water. The center itself, in Charlotte, North Carolina, is not closed, however, Mecklenburg County Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Plescia said officials "feel quite certain (the) amoeba is present in (the) Whitewater Center" at a news conference Friday evening.

Local, state and federal health officials are investigating after a recent high school graduate, Ohio resident Lauren Seitz, 18, died from a brain-eating amoeba days after visiting the Whitewater Center.

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The Health Department is working closely with the Center.

Naegleria Fowleri is a brain-eating amoeba found in warm freshwater, like lakes and ponds. It does not make people sick if it's swallowed, but if it goes up a nasal cavity -- where it's close to the brain -- it can be deadly. The amoeba is present in many open water sources and has been linked to 35 illnesses in the last 10 years, Plescia said.

He said the risk of getting into a car crash while driving to the Whitewater Center is higher than being infected by the amoeba at the facility.

Plescia said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was running tests Wednesday at the facility. The health organization took 11 samples from various parts of the Whitewater Center and found the amoeba in most of them. Testing will continue over the next few days.

The Center released a statement:

"The U.S. National Whitewater Center, after discussion with the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials, has decided to temporarily suspend all whitewater activities effective immediately.

This decision was made after initial test results found Naegleria Fowleri DNA was present in the whitewater system.

The USNWC is working with the CDC and local health officials to develop next steps. Only whitewater activities are suspended.

The USNWC remains open for all other operations and activities."

Watch: Video shows 10,000 sparklers lit at once

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A new video on YouTube is on fire on social media. 

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The video, uploaded by Russian YouTuber SlivkiShow, shows what happens when he sets 10,000 sparklers ablaze at once. 

The result, as you might expect, is pretty awesome, and he even attaches a GoPro camera to a long pole to get a good overhead view.

Though all three minutes of the video are in Russian, English subtitles explain each step of the process.

The most impressive part of the video is undoubtedly the spectacular visual result. But the YouTuber warns, "All that is shown in this video is very dangerous. It is forbidden to repeat, but you can enjoy it."

The video has been viewed more than 6 million times. 

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