Happy Birthday to us! Macenstein turns 8 and we’re giving YOU presents!

My goodness, where does the time go!? It seems like only yesterday we decided to stop wasting our time reading Mac sites and instead waste our time running one, and now here we are, celebrating our eight year anniversary. And like most 8-year olds we are not nearly as cute as we used to be – lots of missing teeth and adult teeth too big for our mouths mixed in with creepy small baby teeth…


Oh well, I know there’s one sure-fire way to hold onto your friends, and that’s paying them to stay! So we’re giving three lucky readers their choice of a $50 iTunes or Apple Store gift card! Yes, we wish we could pay you all, but we had to cap it somewhere, and really three friends makes going on rides easier.

To Enter: Speaking of rides, to enter simply leave us a cmoment telling us the scariest/most fun amusement ride you ever went on.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to once again keep this contest US-only. Three winners will be chosen randomly from all entries received before 11:59AM Eastern Time, Sunday, September 8th.

117 Responses to “Happy Birthday to us! Macenstein turns 8 and we’re giving YOU presents!”
  1. Allison Kocher says:

    I think X2 at six flags has to be the best ride I’ve ever been on! In fact it’s where I first fell in love with my husband. We have been married five years now and have a beautiful daughter. PICK ME!!!!!

  2. jessica says:

    Scariest rise ever! Millennium roller coaster during the black out! Nothing like being stuck in a Roller coaster during the black.

  3. Steven Thompson says:

    The only roller coaster I have been on was horrible, I hate heights and smashed my head into the guy in front of me when we went around a corner. Not a fan, I’m not doing that again.

  4. Jake B says:

    Got kicked off the Gravitron for going upside down. That’s a fun ride!

  5. st. says:

    The scariest one was when I tried the “Drop Ride.” My guts were going up and down during the whole ride and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. My head was shaken from all of it.

  6. Darrell says:

    The scariest roller coaster I’ve ever been on was the Magnum XL-200 in Cedar Pointe (Sandusky Ohio). It takes minutes to reach the top of the first crescent, 200 feet. This was when I was still a youngster – I don’t know why, but the handle didn’t fit me very well, even though I was in the height limit. I was holding on to it for dear life during the entire ride.

  7. Wow! 8 the big number, I am glad that someone told me about site. Since 2004. Happy B-day
    Billye F. San Francisco

  8. James says:

    It was one of those slingshot spheres, they crank it down and attach the ball – big enough for two riders – to two metal plates on the ground with many springs in between. My brother and I got inside and the ball was released, shooting straight up into the air, well past the top of the slingshot arms. Then we bounced around until they pulled us down again. Moments before we were released, though, one of the many springs broke – making a very loud noise almost like a gunshot. We didn’t even notice, but needless to say our wives had quite a start!

  9. Double U says:

    never been to an amusement park *sad panda*

  10. plopi says:

    My scariest time on a rollercoaster was in Disneyland Paris, when Nemo Crush’s Coaster broke down while I was in it… We had to evacuate in front of all the people in line, angry because they have to leave :)

  11. Patrick says:

    Space Mountain used to terrify me as a kid!

  12. Dave says:

    You know those rides that use centrifugal force to pin you against the wall? Those are terrifying when you first hear about what happens when someone vomits on them, and one of your friends has been loading up on fair food.

  13. Gilbert C says:

    To this day I still think Knotts supreme scream is pretty terrifying, my first time I almost crapped my pants. On the way up everything seems fine, I could keep it together, but it’s not until you reach the top when you realize how high up you are, a perfect view of the entire city. Your just suspended for a few second before you remember, ‘ This ride has to go back down!’ My first time was unforgettable, I squeezed the handle bars, clenched my cheeks, crossed my feet, and hoped I survive the 1000ft plummet. Screaming I thought to myself, “I’m going to make it”, then the ride stops midway and launches me back up, the entire time I’m just hoping the techs have maintained repair on the ride. After a few more drops we end up safely on the ground, my stomach in knots, ready to walk away.

  14. howard says:

    I loved the roller coster, both fun and scary

  15. Matt says:

    Space mountain was always exhilarating.

  16. Max says:

    The scariest ride I have ever been on is the hulk at universal studios

  17. Mike Skultety says:

    I hated the old roller coaster where we used to live.

  18. Tripp says:

    Witch mountain at Disney quite a few years ago.

  19. Dad*E*O says:

    How about embarrassing? At around 12, my family and I went to an amusement park. Like a large percentage of Americans, I struggled with my weight. My brothers talked me into riding swings. The seats were snug and had butt in about 3/4 of way. By the time ride was over, the force has me molded to seat. Ride techs had to pry me out of it!

  20. Brian cull says:

    Space Mountain

  21. JimD says:

    Tower of Terror

  22. ste7en says:

    I’m not a big amusement ride person…The Volcano was really the only major roller coaster I’ve ever been on.

  23. ramii says:

    Space mountain after riding it in the middle, i just HAD to ride in the front seat…I got my chance & that was the scariest ride i have ever been on!! I have never ridden it again! I can ride any/all other coasters, but not being able to see what is in front of you got to me!!! Another coaster story happened in carowinds I talked my girlfriend/current wife into riding the Vortex with me even though i knew she didn’t like coasters. That coaster is pretty wild & is a stand-up coaster. She Screamed the whole ride! (I laughed the whole ride!) That was a fun ride to me at least!!!

  24. Adam says:

    Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Its been closed/gone for a while, but it was an awesome ride!

  25. Sean says:

    Cheap roller coaster at a small, 2 acre park, in upstate NY. It was old and falling apart in the late70s early 80s. A bolt went through my arm as we hit a turn. The bolt was on the side where people would be hitting it with their arms, I just did not notice it.

  26. NurseBritt88 says:

    Six Flags in Branson. Tower of Scream! Starts at the bottom and goes straight up very slowly. Once you get to the top it clicks for about 7 seconds then plummets to the bottom. I screamed so loud that my family heard me on the other side of the park. She said, That has to be Britt. No one screams that loudly but her!!

  27. David says:

    At a street fair in LA they had the rickets Rotor ever. It vibrated, gnashed and cricked. It is the only time in my life I ever got nauseous on a ride. It felt like it was going to fall apart at any second. I went twice!

  28. Brad says:

    The Juggler

  29. Kevin says:

    As a kid, the Demon Drop was the stuff of nightmares.

  30. Jon says:

    The scariest ride? When I went bungee jumping over the Charles River, in Boston. I jumped off a small platform 250 feet in the air. The first step was the hardest. After that, as you fall and the bungee extends you slow down, lulled into a sense of complacency — Until you are suddenly propelled upwards again, fast and hard. This cycle repeated several times. Scary!

  31. paul says:

    That one in Disneyland, Space Mountain. ACK

  32. Ron Scarbel says:

    Has to be Alpengeist, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Nothing like flying through the air with your feat dangling beneath you.

  33. Tyson Junkers says:

    I went on Gravitron (http://i.imgur.com/AEXnCT6.jpg) as a kid and was amazed with how fun it was. Even trying to sit up from the wall when it’s fully spinning was fun. I even hung upside down just to see what it was like and it was a blast. However, I found out the next day a kid broke his neck and died from being upside down on the ride. Haven’t been on it since.

  34. Grant says:

    There was something at Cedar Point in my youth that spun you around, and then the floor dropped out and centrifugal force held you to the walls. The ride itself wasn’t that terrifying, but the fact that every time I rode it, someone puked WAS horribly terrifying!

  35. Damien says:

    Best roller coaster to me is without a doubt Volcano at King’s Dominion. Combines my two favorite features inverted coaster and linear induction motor, so feet hanging and no slow hills to climb.

  36. Renee says:

    Tower of Terror -Disney World WORST RIDE EVER

    I LOVE the rides that drop you, free fall, from great height. But this one jerked you to a stop about 5 times on the way down. I just wanted the FALL! Not the pounding headache.

  37. christopher sorel says:

    the Magnum XL-200 in Cedar Pointe

  38. Lindsay says:

    Goliath at six flags is one of the scariest rides I’ve been on. The drop is easily the biggest one I’ve been on.

  39. JaxBearsFan says:

    The American Eagle wooden Roller Coaster at Six Flags Great American in Gurnee, IL (north of Chicago). At the time I rode that coaster, I had fully recovered from a broken jaw about 6 months earlier; problem was that the coaster was pretty rickety, and jostled the rider around quite a bit. I had a headache/jaw ache for about a week after riding that coaster. It was my own fault, but I didn’t know it was so rocky of a ride.

  40. Tim says:

    Six Flags Eagle backwards…

  41. INTK says:

    The Mummy in the Universal Studio.

  42. Michael Solis says:

    Riddler’s Revenge at six flags magic mountain. To this day, 6 years later, I haven’t been in anything that hard but fun.

  43. Alejandro says:

    superman in six flags magic mountain, zero gravity was scary

  44. Donut says:

    scariest thing for me was in the Alien Encounter Experience at DisneyWorld. i was only 9 at the time. freaky xenomorph is in the tube and then it breaks out and runs thru the aisles. you are in the dark and they throw mist at you as if the alien is breathing and spitting on you. the chairs rocked as the alieb circles you.

    pretty damn frightening for a youngster.

  45. Frank says:

    Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure.

  46. Eugene Tamura says:

    The Xcelerator at Knott’s Berry Farm scared the shit out of me. Never again!

  47. Shah B says:

    The power went out on a local roller coaster and I was stuck at that point just before you drop in. It was a good 20 minutes before the power came back on and finished the ride!

  48. Brett says:

    I guess the scariest amusement ride would be when I was a kid at a birthday party at Funworld in Nashua, NH and mid-ride, my bumper car started smoking and I was covered in soot when I quickly jumped out.

    Not sure if the car actually lit on fire, but the management was very apologetic and gave me a pile of tokens so it ended well. :)

  49. Fleezy84 says:

    I would have to say that being talked into going on the called Gravitron (you lean against the wall with a chain hanging loosely in front of you, then it spins, after it spins fast enough to pin you to the wall the floor drops out from under and you feel like you will fall but do not) well the reason it took convincing is the fact that it is inside what looks like a space ship and after you go inside the door closes. Being VERY CLAUSTROPHOBIC, this is not a good ride to go on under normal circumstances. When the ride FINALLY ended, the exit door would NOT OPEN, not a good day after being trapped inside this ride for 20 minutes longer than EVER desired to happen. Hands shook from then (about 12:00 noon) until bedtime late that night. SO NOT FUN!!!!! SCARIEST RIDE EVER!!!!!

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