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

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.

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

    Previously, I would have said the Millennium Force at Cedar Pointe. This year though, I rode the Intimidator at Kings Dominion. It was super AWESOME!!! Keep the thrills coming.

  2. tjsoundguy says:

    A little, creaky OLD metal roller coaster at Sylvan Beach. Felt like it could shake apart at any moment!

  3. Joshua says:

    For me it was when the Goliath at six-flags in Georgia just opened. My friends were say come on lets get on so i was like sure so as we got coaster to the top and i began to chicken out and they were like no your getting on because you are already up here. So i got on and i thought i pushed the safety latch down all the way but i guess not. I soon discovered after a near death experience going down the first drop… I ALMOST FLEW UP OUT OF MY SEAT!!!!!!! That’s when i realized that my seat wasn’t completely down. But obviously i survived…

  4. Ryoan says:

    Going down the intimidator at kings dominion in VA, that drop is nerve wracking!!

  5. Marquis says:

    Great give away!
    I hate those rides that take you up like a mile then drop you in a free fall. I almost shit my pants everytime.
    Good luck everyone.

  6. Justin says:

    The most fun roller coaster I have ever been on has to be X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It has to be ridden at night because it makes it that much creepier as you glide out of the station into the abyss. Then going up the lift hill you can look out over the city lights, and the rest is a crazy ride of flips and turns with a little fire show at the end. So. Much. Fun.

  7. copper says:

    When I was a kid at Disney’s Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom. That first room where the pictures stretch and then the lights go out and the lightning starts and there’s the corpse and the scream. I was pretty terrified and latched on to my father’s leg pretty hard. Then the lights came back on and I realized it wasn’t my father I had grabbed in the dark — queue another scream.

  8. Chuck says:

    My commute through the Fenns in Boston.

  9. Paul Natsch says:

    Back in the early 1980s I went to Six Flags Great America in Illinois and they had a ride called “The Edge”. The Edge was an Intamin first-generation freefall ride, It was like standing on top of a skyscraper then suddenly having the floor removed from under you and dropping hundreds of feet straight down before leveling off. There were four seats in each car and you got strapped into it. I went on with a friend of mine and there were two other guys in the other two seats, one of which didn’t look too well when he was getting strapped in. The ride scared the crap out of me but was also quite a rush. And that guy who didn’t look so well? He puked on the way down and the extreme momentum slung his own puke right back into his face! Great fun and certainly something I’ll never forget!

  10. Mike B says:

    There was a kind of pirate ship ride at Darien Lake when I was a kid. It went completely upside down. I was so small, the bar barely held me, and when we went upside down, I began to slip out towards the cage above me. I held my hands up and did hand stands ever time we went upside down to keep from falling out of my seat.

    I have never ridden another one or similar since!

  11. slender12 says:

    hi doc im a minor fan from chicago and to me the scariest thing ever was the cosmic drop in wisconsin. i went on that slide clean… and came out with a 6 inch scar on my back….

  12. Mouse1234 says:

    There was this one maze that I went through with my family, we had to hold onto each others shoulders in a line. I was only 9 yrs old at the time and thought it would be fun (I was wrong) we spent 20 mins trying to find the exit and every corner had a new frightening person/thing at the end. I was so scared and all I wanted to do was go home. I remember when we first entered we were in the room, it was very dark and I wished we could go back out but once we were in we couldn’t go back. It so ScArY!!!

  13. Gregg O says:

    The WILDCAT wooden roller coaster at Rocky Springs Amusement Park.

  14. Randy Clark says:

    Probably Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Universal Studios in Orlando. Not a big fan of heights anyway, and having had recurring dreams since my younger days of riding/driving up a hill and flying off the road, this bellydrop of a ride gets me pretty good. Oh, trust me, I’d ride it again in a heartbeat, but the dread leading up to getting on the ride would be pretty intense.

  15. Zeiker says:

    Ghost Rider at knotts Berry Farms. Great woody coaster that i could not stop riding. Not a hyper coaster, but has classic elements that provoke a perpetual smile while riding. Honorable mentions: The Beast – rode it in gradeschool solo. The line had me shaking, the ris had me peaked! The granddaddy. Period.

  16. Brian Beam says:

    Satan’s Palace, in a small carnival when I was a kid. (I thought it said “Santa’s Place”… what a rude surprise.)

  17. Matt says:

    The old wood coasters, like the Blue Streak at Cedar point, scare the tar out of me. So bumpy and jerky.

  18. Water Rat (Anthony) says:

    For me, it was being dragged on to a generic amusement park roller coaster by my dad… As a young kid, I was too small for the ride and subsequently was nearly flung off the damn thing after sliding below the safety lap bar. Following those festivities, I promptly puked in the nearby trash can. Good solid fun!

  19. Matthew says:

    The old wooden coaster at Crystal Beach in Western NY!

  20. Stephen says:

    Just. No. Rode a rollercoaster once. That was enough.

  21. Neil Laubenthal says:

    A rickety wooden roller coaster at King’s Dominion…with the cars traveling backwards.

  22. BigBuzFSU says:

    The scariest ride I ever was on was called The Mouse, an old-school roller coaster at a park in Florida called Pirates World. The ride had a number of 90 degree turns where your car had a part of the front suspended over open air. My 13 yr od self came close to having very damp shorts.

  23. spyderman13 says:

    Rode an old rollercoaster at Valley Fair in MN when I was younger and skinnier. Nothing to special, just ups and downs. Unfortunately, though I was tall enough, I may have been a bit to thin, as the bar didn’t really press against me in a holding fashion. As the coaster moved onward, a rather big drop had me raise up in my seat and start to exit the car. Fortunately, I grabbed the bar real fast and held myself in for the remained of the ride. Scary, but not enough to keep me from riding ever again.

  24. The scariest ride are probably rollarcoasters, the scariest was probably riding on Collosseus, and at one point, there was a jerk, and it felt that the car was coming off its tracks.

  25. Steve Overton says:

    Palisades Amusement Park was our go to park when I was younger. I remember being stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel for over an hour when it malfunctioned. Although the view was amazing, it was frightening to an eight year old.

  26. Nancie says:

    I would say that at Disneys California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School freaks me out. I hate the abrupt turns that make it seem like you are going to fly off the track.

  27. Nancie says:

    Space Mountain at Halloween time because it has the scary pictures on the ceiling.

  28. Lily says:

    Medusa at six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Scary!

  29. Dan says:

    The Cyclone at Coney Island or Thunderhawk at Dorney Park. Both are over 80 years old!!!

  30. Justyn Stuck says:

    Mine would have to he the outlaw at Adventureland. Not because it’s normally scary, but my sister’s seatbelt came undone during the ride. (It was buckled right too.)

  31. Jarrett says:

    The scariest ride I went on was voodoo at Dorney Park, but I think it is now Possessed or possession.

  32. gsxrboy says:

    I’m pretty hardcore and haven’t been freaked out on a ride in a while 😉 Though back to back to back to back rides on the Transformer at Sentosa did slow me down for a few mins

  33. sean pynaert says:

    Going to Canada’s Wonderland when they have the whole park dressed up for Hallowe’en is a great experience. People are dressed up to come out and scare you and the rides are great at night.

  34. Michael says:

    The Tower Of Terror I hate it. You drop 13 stories from a hotel elevator.

  35. Cyndy says:

    Most fun ride is the tubing at Dorney Park. You get soaked by the waterfalls and you never know if you’re going to get stuck under a waterfall or not. So much fun!

  36. Aaron says:

    Twin Dragons, Islands of Adventure. It was only really scary because about halfway through my friend’s camera smacked me in the nose and I started bleeding like crazy. We were up in the front and I can only imagine what the people behind us thought as blood was streaming past them.

  37. Joseph Holmes says:

    Hey I think the most scariest ride by far that I got on was silver bullet for the first time but I’m not really afraid of roller coasters but that one I think got me the best the first time I rode it great ride great time and lots of fun I think

  38. sean pynaert says:

    I’m still terrified of the old wooden coaster at Wonderland. It always feels like you’re going to come out of your seat.

  39. Jinx-Vi says:

    As children, my sister and I wen’t on the Mission to Mars in Disney when it first came out.
    We were so small, we had to take our mom, and at the time, we were super excited.

    It’s not that the ride was terrifying, it’s that watching my mother puke on my sister that was a massively horrifying experience.

  40. Staticeagle3 says:

    The most fun and at the same time scary ride I’ve ever been on is defiantly Bizarro at Six Flags New England. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

  41. nic says:

    Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain

  42. Natabee says:

    Tower of Terror at California Adventure. Me and my siblings tricked my mom into going on it, saying it wasn’t very scary (she hates free fall!!!) and at the top when the shutters opened, my mom yelled “I HATE MY CHILDREN!!!!!!” Everyone was laughing:)

  43. anthony says:

    The hulk in universal studio’s in florida would be the most fun i have had out of a rollercoaster, even though it was so fast it was like a min long. Great ride and I had to wait three hours to ride and enjoy one minutes worth lol

  44. Lily says:

    When i went to visit relatives in russia i went on this super creaky old forty foot high roller coaster that has probably been there since the 80’s. When i got to the highest part though it started shaking like crazy and it almost fell. I think somebody made a complaint because after that they closed it down.

  45. Steve Overton says:

    Definitely the Cyclone at Palisades Amusement Park. OMG overlooking the Hudson River.

  46. Meeta Mukerjee says:

    My most memorable rollercoster ride was when I was three during Christmas ! Loved the beautiful colored bulbs and the thrill of the ride, the ups n downs and the speed! Dont remember where through! Have always loved all rides since!!!!Haven’t been frightened by one yet!lol!

  47. Alisa says:

    We went to kings island in Ohio, for the day, and my cousin who is 2 years older than me, wanted to ride the diamondback. The Diamondback is a HUGE roller coaster, that drops at an 80* angle with the ground. So we got to kings island early, and of course, the diamondback is the first thing we have to ride. 7 in the morning. Dropping down 230 feet. The idea didn’t exactly thrill me. I asked if I could just wait for her at the bottom, but she didn’t listen, and then proceeded to physically drag me onto the ride. People got in line behind us, and my cousin wouldn’t let me back out. I asked if we could sit in the back, but I was dragged ( again ) to the front. The very front. The seats are built to make you feel like your going to fall out, ( their completely safe though ) so as we’re going up the hill, I’m already freaking out because of the seats, and as stupid as I am, I looked down. We’ll then I was screaming until we got to the top, and I looked down again. 230 feet, and what feels like straight down, I died inside. The camera took our picture in the middle of me screaming ” gardian angle save me ” and my cousin laughing. And the worst part is, my cousin won’t let me forget any of it.

  48. Nabil Sekak says:

    Happy birthday Macenstein, you are my best source since i bought my first Mac, wish you a long life and a lot of success.

  49. Sam says:

    The Comet, in the last car, when it’s been raining for a while. It’s an old wooden coaster at the Great Escape. Went on it 10 times in a row once, and I was soaking wet & smiling for the rest of the day.

  50. Alex says:

    The Gemini at Cedar Point. It’s so old it sometimes feels like you’re off the tracks, which you probably are. But the first time I went no it I was real little and it our car got stuck at the top of the first hill for half an hour. It was awful.

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