Six Flags's 30-Hour Couples Coffin Challenge Is the Ultimate Relationship Test

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SIYAMA9/iStock via Getty Images

Last year, Six Flags celebrated Fright Fest by daring guests to spend 30 hours trapped in a coffin alone. The theme park is tweaking the challenge slightly this Halloween season in a way that will make it either more or less terrifying, depending on how you feel about sharing personal space.

From 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, six couples will get cozy in six coffins at Six Flags America in Woodmore, Maryland. The couples can consist of any two people who are willing to split a cramped casket, whether they're friends, family members, romantic partners, or total strangers. They should also fit (relatively) comfortably together into the 6-foot-by-5.4-foot space [PDF].

Couples can bring pillows, sleeping bags, and anything else they need to make their tomb feel more inviting, just as long it fits inside the coffin when the lid is closed. After settling into their temporary resting places late Friday afternoon, contestants will have a few more chances to see daylight before the challenge ends. They'll be allowed to leave for designated bathroom breaks and sit up in the coffin to take meal and phone breaks. Each contestant also gets a “Get Out of the Coffin Free Card" they can use to rise from the grave for six minutes at any point in the challenge.

To keep things interesting, and to ensure one couple is left laying when the 30 hours are up, contestants will face mini-challenges throughout their trial. Some possible tasks might include fishing a mysterious item out of a bucket, laying in a coffin covered in worms, or retrieving a prop from a haunted house. Both halves of the couples must complete the challenges together; the only exception being if a contestant wants to use the one “Skip the Challenge Card” they receive at the start of the contest.

The couple that survives to the end of the competition will be rewarded for their bravery. The grand prize consists of $600 split two ways, two 2020 gold season passes, and a Fright Fest prize package. If you and a loved one are up for the challenge, you can fill out the online application form with your personal information and a short essay explaining why you want to take the 30-hour coffin challenge. Applications are due by midnight on September 20.

Spending 30 hours in a coffin isn't for the faint of heart, but people have endured worse. Several people have survived being buried alive for days—though, granted, they didn't have to share the experience with anyone else.

We’re Lovin’ the McSki, Sweden’s Ski-Thru McDonald’s

Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Per-Olof Forsberg, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Gliding down the slopes for a few hours can leave you happily exhausted and so ravenous that you wish you could stuff a big, juicy burger in your mouth before you even get back to the lodge. At one Swedish ski resort, you can.

Lindvallen, a ski resort located approximately 200 miles northwest of Stockholm, is home to the McSki, a quaint, wood-paneled McDonald’s that you simply ski right up to. If all the surrounding snow leaves you with a hankering for a McFlurry, have at it; Delish reports that you can order anything from the regular McDonald’s menu. (Having said that, we can’t promise the McFlurry machine will actually be working.)

The ski-thru window is ideal for skiers and snowboarders who don’t want to break for a lengthy lunch, but there’s an option for people who would rather not scarf down a combo meal while standing up: According to the blog Messy Nessy, the indoor seating area can accommodate up to 140 people.

The McSki has been delighting (and nourishing) vacationers since it opened in 1996, and it’s definitely a must-visit for ski lovers and fast food aficionados alike. It’s not, however, the strangest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. New Zealand built one inside an airplane, and there’s also a giant Happy Meal-shaped McDonald’s in Dallas. Explore 10 other downright bizarre McDonald’s locations here.

[h/t Delish]

20 Weird Clubs That Actually Exist

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Groucho Marx once famously quipped that he'd never "want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members." Most people would probably say the same about the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club—a very exclusive, 63-year-old organization created specifically for individuals who have had their lives saved by an ejection seat. Currently, the club boasts more than 6000 members.

That's just one of the weird and wonderful clubs you'll learn about in our latest edition of The List Show. Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she hunts down the world's most unusual clubs (Extreme Ironing Bureau anyone?). You can watch the full video below.

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