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Try not to get queasy watching these guys test the world's tallest water slide

Prepare to get the schlitt scared out of you. Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park will soon start operating The Verrückt, billed as the world's tallest water slide at 17 stories high.

The aptly named Verrückt (it's the German word for "crazy") stands 168 feet, 7 inches tall, and riders will have to climb up 264 steps to get to the top. After that strenuous trek, they will get strapped into a large raft and sent hurtling down the slide (which does have a net covering it) at speeds of up to 65 mph.

On Twitter Tuesday, Schlitterbahn announced that the slide will open on Thursday. Until then, (try to) enjoy the video below, which shows water park designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley going for a test run. --Catherine Garcia