Item: Carousel recovered from Viking Landing
Storage Contact: Darla Thorn
Number in Storage: 1
A restored fairground carousel of indeterminate age, likely built in the early 1900s. Carousel features twenty post-mounted wooden horses in rows of two, of varying colors and poses, and two long benches. It is powered by an electric motor and features a built-in band organ that plays a variety of tunes popular before 1920. Murals on the sides and inner siding depict children frolicking in the shallow water of a summer pond.
The carousel exhibits many unusual qualities, specifically based on the direction it runs. When spinning normally, an extended ride on the carousel (longer than fifteen minutes) results in the rider beginning to feel fatigued, complaining of muscle aches and becoming increasingly irritable. Effects fade after about half as much time spent on the carousel. Longer rides have produced aging effects on the rider, such as graying hair and wrinkling skin, which also fade in time.
When run backwards, the carousel quickly reduces the mental and physical age of the rider in a much shorter amount of time (roughly calculated 1-year-per-minute). These effects take much longer to reset, and the specifics have not been figured out at this time.
The carousel's exact origins remain unknown. Viking Landing operates seasonally, and the effects of the carousel were only know to park founder Larry Hendricks, who died in 1978 at the age of 109. Records say that Hendricks acquired the carousel from the auction of a traveling carnival and restored it.
Reason for storage:
Considered dangerous to the general public and a possible company asset in terms of study. Carousel removed and placed in storage for research.
Final Order: Temporary Storage
Further Notes: Tempting as this is, I'd never ride it myself… I hated being a teenager.