See the world's most 'insane' slides

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The Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas, USA,Image source, Schlitterbahn Water Park
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The Verruckt slide in the USA is the tallest water slide in the world and has been compared to jumping off a tall building

For thrill seekers excited about the "world's tallest and longest" slide, set to open in the UK next year, we look at some other pretty awesome slides.

The new ride in London will be created from the Orbit tower at the Olympic Park. It will take 40 seconds to go down it, with a height of 76m (compare that to an average two storey house at 7m) and a length of 178m.

Until it opens the US Verruckt water slide is the world's tallest, according to Guinness World Records.

The Verruckt (literally meaning "insane" in German) at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City is over 51m high with 264 stairs.

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The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park slide in London will be as high as a lot of city centre hospitals and will cost you £5 a go

The new Olympic slide, due to open in London next year, is part of a commitment to create a legacy after the 2012 games.

A spokesperson from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: "We are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted to build the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit."

It said plans are now underway with artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond.

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The Happy Magic Water Cube was created after Beijing's 2008 Olympic games in China

A similar thing happened in Beijing after the 2008 summer Olympics, the National Aquatics Centre built for the games was transformed into the Water Cube water park, with the Happy Magic Water Cube slide.

The colourful and impressive structure in China looks fairly low-key in terms of thrill seeking though.

Now, let's compare that to the Insano (there's that word again) in Brazil which in 2012 was officially the world's tallest water slide.

The height is the same as a 14-storey building, at 41m, and takes four seconds to complete.

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The Insano slide in Brazil
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Alexandra Palace in London had a temporary water slide set up for charity last week
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A 300m slide touring the UK this summer

A little bit closer to home in the UK, a few temporary slides have been set up around the country.

Last week, there was a three-lane, 150m inflatable set up at the Alexandra Palace Summer Festival on 25 July in aid of Cancer Research UK's Kids and Teens fundraising campaign.

Also, a company called Slide the City is on a UK tour of a 300m long water chute.

Other photos of eye-watering slides...

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Crazy Cones Slide, water park in Faliraki, Greece
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This picture was taken last week at a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool in Vienna, Austria.
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The Brain Wash at Wet 'n' Wild in Orlando, Florida, US

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