I went down the Boston cop slide. It was so tame, I'm not sure how the guy went flying down it.
The slide's bizarre twisting design left much to be desired, but I am not the intended audience.
The viral playground attraction — meant for kids — has attracted flocks of adults in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, a Boston, Massachusetts, police officer took a rather rough tumble down a large, metal slide at the City Hall Plaza playground. Video of his fall went viral, memes flooded the internet, and hordes of people — mostly adults — visited the fated spot for a ride on the slide.
I also made a journey. Surrounded by the families and children — the actual intended visitors of the playground — I slid down the now infamous attraction.
And I'm sad to report I didn't achieve nearly the same speed or intensity as the police officer. In fact, my slide was pretty boring.
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At the playground, the slide sort of sticks out like a sore thumb. It's tall and only accessible after climbing a bunch of rope obstacles and pulling up through a hole. After watching a child adeptly climb to the slide, I did the same and nearly sprained my ankle. Again I reiterate: This slide is, as signs plastered all over the playground now say, for children ages 5-12.
I am certainly not a part of that demographic, but it appears that plenty of grown-ass adults have visited the slide after it went viral to the point where the city put a temporary barricade up at night.
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But when I got to the top and prepared to travel down the slide, I did sort of feel like a kid again. I was reminded of how fun and carefree slides can be. From the moment you push yourself down the metal, plastic, or — God forbid — wooden structure, you're at the mercy of speed and time, going as fast or slow, bumpy or smooth, as the slide itself allows.
With a new child-like whimsy, I pushed myself down the Boston slide. And then I hit the strange, twisting side of it. Ow. Then, the metal bottom burned the skin of my legs. Whimsy gone. Then, I slowly tumbled down the slide and landed softly at the exit.
It was a relatively lame ride, and as far as slides go, and the bizarre twisting design didn't give me much momentum. Part of it may have been the clothes I was wearing, which, as Slate reported earlier this month, can determine the speed or friction of a person's sliding.
But after experiencing the slide myself, I don't see how the Boston cop tumbled the way he did.
If I were to leave a review of it, as fellow Bostonians have before the slide's Google Maps listing was shut down, I'd say it was far from the exciting trip I hoped it would be.
"Faster than the Green Line," one user, DJ MuffinTops, wrote, Boston.com reported. Well, I might agree with that review.
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