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  • n. A structure, usually at a circus or amusement park, enclosing several interactive attractions that do not involve performers.

Etymologies

fun +‎ house (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If life reflects art, the guys painting this picture are spending too much time looking in funhouse mirrors.

    Bears have many issues as they line up for 2007

  • At BuzzFeed, the funhouse was the point of it all.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It's like wacky, kind of funhouse, little bit dark, but fun at the same time.

    The Breeders' Scrappy 'Mountain Battle'

  • Some of his scariness we thought of as "funhouse" scary and not slasher film scary.

    DVD Talk

  • Guernica: I just read Dexter Filkins's The Forever War, and he really illustrates the kind of funhouse-mirror effect of the players there and our role in it.

    Guernica Magazine

  • But somewhere in the mix, things got slightly messy - something often put down to a 'funhouse' approach that stems exclusively from 1993.

    Edge Online - Interactive Entertainment Today

  • There is a kind of funhouse-mirror aspect to the ways these people's minds work.

    Lean Left

  • I’ve begun to see our perceptual capacities as a kind of funhouse only not always so much fun.

    The Embedded and The Revealed

  • Leaving her house is always like being inside the funhouse at the state fair—mirrored and dark and vaguely menacing—and getting to the end, when you walk out into the sunlight.

    Dirty Secret

  • The film, rooted in B-movie humbleness, wholeheartedly embraces the irresistible 3D funhouse appeal of claymation, randy Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers, slow motion beer pong, cocaine clouds, and sundry projectiles.

    Glen Helfand: Full-Bodied Film

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  • Most common funhoue devices:
    A slide, usually much taller and steeper than you would find on a playground. Some were as much as two stories high. Slides of comparable size can be seen today on carnival midways as separate attractions. Most were made of polished hardwood, and riders would sit on burlap mats to protect themselves from friction burns and to ensure that rubber-soled shoes didn't slow the slider down.
    A large spinning disk. While the disk was stationary patrons would get on and sit in the center, then the opeator would start the disk spinning, and people would be thrown off by centripetal force, ending up against a padded wall. A variation was a disk with a raised center, shaped much like a Bundt cake mold; as the device speeded up people would slide downhilll as well as outward.
    A horizontal revolving cylinder or "barrel" to try to walk through without falling down.
    Sections of floor that undulated up and down, tipped from side to side or moved forward and back, either motorized ore activated by the person's weight. Stairs that moved up and down or tipped from side to side. The industry refers to these and similar devices as “floor tricks.�?
    Compressed air jets shooting up from the floor, originally designed to blow up women's skirts, but effective at startling almost anyone and making them jump and scream.
    An array of distorting mirrors.
    _Wikipedia

    January 31, 2008