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Are you over 35? You should be dead?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by NorthShoreBuck, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    This is not mine but something forwarded to me awhile ago.
    Max_Sterling's thread reminded me I had it.


    People over 35 should be dead.
    Here's why .........

    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those

    of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even

    maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored

    lead-based paint.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors

    or cabinets, ... and when we rode our bikes, we had no

    helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took

    hitchhiking.)

    Our Swing sets and sandboxes were made from metal, not

    plastic, and had sharp edges and protruding lag bolts.

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts

    or air bags.



    We were usually supervised by whoever was the oldest

    even if it was a kid who was just 8 years old.



    We went sledding down hills in the snow on rickety

    pieces of wood with sharp metal blades, or a spare

    garbage can lid with no brakes or safety

    features!!!!



    Toys came in plastic bags that did NOT have warning

    labels stating it would be unsafe to wrap the bag

    around your head.



    8 and 10 year old kids who threatened to beat you up

    after school were not arrested and entered into

    mandatory counseling programs.



    If it snowed, or if there was ice on the roads, we did

    not get the day off because it was dangerous

    outside with unsafe conditions



    Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was

    always a special treat.



    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a

    bottle.



    We swam in neighbours swimming pools and local ponds

    without accredited Life Guards present.



    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop

    with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because

    we were always outside playing.



    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one

    bottle, and no one actually died from this.



    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of

    scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out

    we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a

    few times, we learned to solve the problem.



    We would leave home in the morning and play all day as

    long as we were back when the streetlights came on.



    We went trick or treating from dawn till dusk,

    unaccompanied and unsupervised.



    No one was able to reach us all day.



    NO CELL PHONES!!!!!



    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no

    video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, videotape

    movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal

    computers, or Internet chat rooms.



    We didn't have reality TV we had real lives.



    We had friends! We went outside and found them.



    We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would

    really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke

    bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these

    accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame

    but us. Remember accidents?



    We had fights and punched each other and got black and

    blue and learned to get over it.



    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate

    worms, and although we were told it would happen, we

    did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live

    inside us forever.



    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked

    on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and

    talked to them.



    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the

    team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with

    disappointment.



    Some students weren't as smart as others, so they

    failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same

    grade.



    Tests were not adjusted for any reason.



    Our actions were our own.



    Consequences were expected.



    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law

    was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

    Imagine that!



    This generation has produced some of the best

    risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.



    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation

    and new ideas.



    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,

    and we learned how to deal with it all.



    And you're one of them!



    Congratulations!
     
  2. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    you dont even have to be that old to have done that, at 21 all i had to do was grow up on a farm in perry county.. .. maybe thats the worlds problem americans have gone soft? lol or are we just letting old women determine too much of our policy :biggrin:
     
  3. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    That's awesome- so true.
     
  4. ScarletNGry

    ScarletNGry Moderator Staff Member

    wow, I am 26 and nearly that entire list applies to me. I knew I should have been conceived earlier. It is very true though, how in the world did anyone that lived before the saftey cap, sterilized world we live in today even survive.
     
  5. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    ok, now I feel old....
     
  6. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I could add a few more.

    Anyone ever have BB gun fights?
    We used to wear heavy clothes and put baby powder in the barrels to score hits.

    I grew up on a lake and when the ice got thin we would go and bust off big chunks and try to balance on then. The water was never over three feet deep but we were always falling in and was bitter cold. We called it ice surfing.

    Just part of growing up that kids miss today.
     
  7. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    does anyone find it odd that guns have always been a part of american life and now that we are trying to do away with them we start having school shootings?i had a bb gun and a 4 wheeler when i was 4 and a rifle by the time i was 8 and i still havent shot anyone with anything heavier than a paintball gun.. (although since ive been away i do know a couple of my little brothers have used each other as unwilling targets with those bb guns)


    or anyone else ever stuff firecrackers and bottle rockets in snow balls to help turn the tide of a snow ball fight?
     
  8. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    No, but I had been known to use yellow snow if the situation called for it.
     
  9. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    BuckeyeSoldier: Good point about the correlation between gun control and school shootings.

    As for "getting the advantage" in snowball fights, who here hasn't put snowballs or slushballs in the freezer to solidify them beforehand? Sheesh, might as well have been in a baseball fight...
     
  10. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    Ah the good old days.... I remember being hit by a few of those in my life. My friends and I used to do so many stupid things it amazing we were never seriously hurt. Anyone ever tie a rope to the back of a car and try to "ski" down the road in the middle of winter before the road was plowed?? :lol:. We used to do that all the time!!!
     
  11. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    loky,

    we did a similar thing only with skate boards... yes, it hurt when you fell off...

    slush balls were the worst... we would be black and blue when all was said and done...

    as far as fireworks were concerned, you think of it we prob. tried it... I'm still surprised I didn't catch myself on fire with some of the things we would do...??
     

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