Funicular fun

Sign at a theme park showing three options for seat position on the Leaning Tower of Pisa ride. Infographics for the three seat positions show the increasing steepness of the three options. Text reads: Select your ride. Press and hold the switch next to your seat to adjust your ride. Laidback: 52 degrees, minus 8 degrees equals 44 degrees; Original: 52 degrees; Cliffhanger: 52 degrees plus 12 degrees equals 64 degrees.

Image credit: John West


The Learning Tower of Pisa has a lean of about 5 degrees.

How many times steeper is the Laidback ride?

How many times steeper is the Cliffhanger ride?

Which ride would you select?

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