What would you consider to be a long ride on a slip and slide? Twenty feet? Two hundred feet?
That's child's play, according to the folks at the Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, W.Va. On July 1, they plan to set up a 2,021-foot slip and slide – that's 0.38 of a mile – to try to break the current world record.
They're using the generic term slip and slide, so I'm assuming they aren't using an authentic Slip 'N Slide, invented by Robert Carrier in 1961 and currently made by Wham-O. So please, corporate lawyers at Wham-O, don't send me a form letter reminding me that Slip 'N Slide is a registered trademark. (Note to nonjournalists: If you mention Frisbee or a Hula-Hoop in a news story without capitalizing the name, you always get a letter from Wham-O.)
The company responsible for the world record attempt is Natural Light Beer. The current world slip and slide record, 2,007 feet, was set in 2015 in Jordan. Natty Light wants to bring the world record back to the United States, where it belongs.
What better time to do that than Independence Day weekend?