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2012-04-16 06:05:34 AM  
Catch a fish with a net -as opposes to a pole...why?

Get behind a waterfall -seriously how many geographical locations can support this?

-if I have to GIS to find out what it is, then it doesnt count:
Play conkers
Go sledging
Try bouldering
Try abseiling
 
2012-04-16 07:36:18 AM  
My kids have actually done quite a few of those things. I encourage my kids to be, ya know, kids.

But, yeah, Frederick, I have no idea what some of that even is.
 
2012-04-16 08:22:29 AM  
WTF are conkers?

I completely approve of #49- find a geocache. Been doing it for 2 years and it's really one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had, my theoretical future kids and I will be doing a lot of it.
 
2012-04-16 08:51:03 AM  

Frederick: Get behind a waterfall -seriously how many geographical locations can support this?


I can think of at least half a dozen places around here where you can do that, just off the top of my head.
 
2012-04-16 08:57:09 AM  
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2012-04-16 08:59:50 AM  

nekom: Frederick: Get behind a waterfall -seriously how many geographical locations can support this?

I can think of at least half a dozen places around here where you can do that, just off the top of my head.


I live in Holland, and before that I lived in Ohio. Ohio you might have a chance, but I'm pretty sure there are no waterfalls within a hundred miles of my current location.

/I miss hills
 
2012-04-16 09:13:25 AM  

Andromeda: I live in Holland, and before that I lived in Ohio. Ohio you might have a chance, but I'm pretty sure there are no waterfalls within a hundred miles of my current location.


Yeah Ohio has it share, as do Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland. Hell if you define waterfall loosely and a small stream counts, I could walk to a place where I could stand behind one.
 
2012-04-16 09:25:18 AM  

Andromeda: WTF are conkers?

I completely approve of #49- find a geocache. Been doing it for 2 years and it's really one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had, my theoretical future kids and I will be doing a lot of it.


Conkers are horse chesnuts - its what they call buck-eyes in the UK, also the game where you hang them on string and take turns trying to smash the other guy's conker.

CSB I did most of this list before I was 12, and all of it before I was 16.
 
2012-04-16 09:30:13 AM  

alkhemy: CSB I did most of this list before I was 12, and all of it before I was 16.


I've probably done all but one by the time I was 12. Geocaching didn't exist in 1992.
 
2012-04-16 09:32:43 AM  
Um. . . gag.

That is all.
 
2012-04-16 09:35:40 AM  

Andromeda: nekom: Frederick: Get behind a waterfall -seriously how many geographical locations can support this?

I can think of at least half a dozen places around here where you can do that, just off the top of my head.

I live in Holland, and before that I lived in Ohio. Ohio you might have a chance, but I'm pretty sure there are no waterfalls within a hundred miles of my current location.

/I miss hills


I live in flatlands as well (Southern Ontario is sedimentary, for the most part). There are still a few small waterfalls around though. You just have to know where to find them.

Most of the things on that list seem reasonable, except for a couple that I picked out.

Rolling down a hill is definitely not on my list. I get dizzy and nauseous easily if I spin around. Rolling down a big hill would make me throw up. Not fun.

Secondly, flying a kite has to be one of the most over-hyped boring activities I can think of. There's a reason "go fly a kite" is another way of telling someone to fark off.
 
2012-04-16 09:36:33 AM  
I think that ship has sailed.
 
2012-04-16 09:36:50 AM  
Bucket list for ages 13-16:

1. Bang a teacher
 
2012-04-16 09:37:30 AM  
List is missing:

1) Find a dead body down by the railroad tracks
2) Discover pirate treasure and eat ice cream with a mutant
3) Retrieve a baseball from a yard with a killer dog
4) Learn karate from wise old Japanese man
5) Foil burglars breaking into your house
 
2012-04-16 09:38:13 AM  

alkhemy: Andromeda: WTF are conkers?

I completely approve of #49- find a geocache. Been doing it for 2 years and it's really one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had, my theoretical future kids and I will be doing a lot of it.

Conkers are horse chesnuts - its what they call buck-eyes in the UK, also the game where you hang them on string and take turns trying to smash the other guy's conker.

CSB I did most of this list before I was 12, and all of it before I was 16.



I thought you used old camping trailers, at least that is what Top Gear taught me.
 
2012-04-16 09:38:23 AM  
Obviously, these people are trying to kill our kids. I took my kids canoeing once, but we did it the safe way. We did it in the pool under the proper supervision of life guards.
 
2012-04-16 09:38:43 AM  
quite a few I don't understand, but the rest sound fun.
 
2012-04-16 09:40:01 AM  
39. Catch a crab

Isn't that a bit young for that? I mean, I didn't get mine 'til I was at least 19.

/blushes awkwardly
 
2012-04-16 09:40:29 AM  

blipponaut: List is missing:

1) Find a dead body down by the railroad tracks
2) Discover pirate treasure and eat ice cream with a mutant
3) Retrieve a baseball from a yard with a killer dog
4) Learn karate from wise old Japanese man
5) Foil burglars breaking into your house


6) Hide an alien from your parents and the U.S. Government.
 
2012-04-16 09:43:21 AM  
14. Dam a stream

This one also bothers me. There are now 7 billion of us on this planet. I don't know how many children that includes, but it's a lot. If every child went and dammed a stream, we'd fark things right up mighty quickly.

16. Bury someone in the sand

Why? Is it practice for later in life when you need to dispose of the hooker's body?

35. Discover what's in a pond

Water. Do they mean discover what lives in a pond?

36. Call an owl

Hey baby, you free tonight?

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it

After age 12 this becomes "Plant it, grow it, smoke it"
 
2012-04-16 09:43:40 AM  

blatz514: 39. Catch a crab

Isn't that a bit young for that? I mean, I didn't get mine 'til I was at least 19.

/blushes awkwardly


dammit!!
 
2012-04-16 09:46:49 AM  

nekom: I can think of at least half a dozen places around here where you can do that, just off the top of my head.


Where nekom might live...

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2012-04-16 09:48:03 AM  

BurnShrike: 14. Dam a stream

This one also bothers me. There are now 7 billion of us on this planet. I don't know how many children that includes, but it's a lot. If every child went and dammed a stream, we'd fark things right up mighty quickly.



Dude, you find a small stream in your area, put a few sticks in it, maybe some mud and say. Yay I dammed that stream. You go home, stream quickly fixes itself. All is good.
 
2012-04-16 09:48:48 AM  
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Play Conkers?
Bad fur day or the one where you have to kill Nazi Teddies?
 
2012-04-16 09:49:17 AM  
the whole catch a fish with a net thing was a weird one. In most places you can't even net fish unless it's commercial, or some 3rd world hellhole where a child of 12 would be well versed in all sorts of wacky stuff.
 
2012-04-16 09:49:41 AM  

MindStalker: BurnShrike: 14. Dam a stream

This one also bothers me. There are now 7 billion of us on this planet. I don't know how many children that includes, but it's a lot. If every child went and dammed a stream, we'd fark things right up mighty quickly.


Dude, you find a small stream in your area, put a few sticks in it, maybe some mud and say. Yay I dammed that stream. You go home, stream quickly fixes itself. All is good.


Sure, if you aim to work at Taco Bell when you grow up. Intelligent kids build a well-engineered dam from stones and sediment, shored up with mud and sticks.
 
2012-04-16 09:50:33 AM  
the neighbor's 5 year old already did all that plus.
We're going caving this summer.
 
2012-04-16 09:50:44 AM  
If you got behind a waterfall near me, you'd end up with rashes and come out smelling like a papermill.
 
2012-04-16 09:51:11 AM  
1. Climb a tree-check

2. Roll down a really big hill-check

3. Camp out in the wild-check

4. Build a den- I'm not sure what this means. I did construct a bunker/fort once.

5. Skim a stone-check

6. Run around in the rain-check

7. Fly a kite-check

8. Catch a fish with a net- I did poles and reels. I caught one with my hands once though.

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree-check

10. Play conkers- what is this?

11. Throw some snow-check

12. Hunt for treasure on the beach-I did this in a creek, not a beach, but check

13. Make a mud pie-check

14. Dam a stream-check

15. Go sledging-check

16. Bury someone in the sand-check

17. Set up a snail race

18. Balance on a fallen tree-check

19. Swing on a rope swing-check

20. Make a mud slide-check

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild-check

22. Take a look inside a tree-check

23. Visit an island-check

24. Feel like you're flying in the wind-check

25. Make a grass trumpet-check

26. Hunt for fossils and bones-check

27. Watch the sun wake up-check

28. Climb a huge hill-check

29. Get behind a waterfall-check

30. Feed a bird from your hand-check

31. Hunt for bugs-check

32. Find some frogspawn-check

33. Catch a butterfly in a net

34. Track wild animals-check

35. Discover what's in a pond-check (the hard way. drove an ATV into it)

36. Call an owl-check

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool-check

38. Bring up a butterfly

39. Catch a crab-check

40. Go on a nature walk at night-check

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it-check

42. Go wild swimming-check

43. Go rafting-check

44. Light a fire without matches

45. Find your way with a map and compass-check

46. Try bouldering-not sure what this is

47. Cook on a campfire-check

48. Try abseiling-not sure what this is

49. Find a geocache-this wasn't really a thing before I was twelve

50. Canoe down a river-check

41/50. I'm a redneck though. I grew up in the country.
 
2012-04-16 09:51:38 AM  
If I could go back 50 years and be twelve again I'd damn sure make getting laid
the only thing on my list!
 
2012-04-16 09:51:42 AM  

Tom_Slick: 6) Hide an alien from your parents and the U.S. Government.


Kids in Texas have that one locked up.
 
2012-04-16 09:51:59 AM  

Nightsweat: If you got behind a waterfall near me, you'd end up with rashes and come out smelling like a papermill.


Maybe the kid will grow a 3rd arm and then could work for a sideshow.
 
2012-04-16 09:52:08 AM  
I did most of this crap when I was a kid. Nintendo was way better.

Sadly, both of my kids seem inexplicably drawn to the outdoors. No matter how I try to make them see how much better it is to stay inside ("Look, Spongebob is on!", "I'll buy you a new DS game!"), I'm forever being dragged outside for to waste my time playing dumb games or catching stupid fireflies. Hopefully it's just a phase.
 
2012-04-16 09:53:14 AM  

Tom_Slick: Nightsweat: If you got behind a waterfall near me, you'd end up with rashes and come out smelling like a papermill.

Maybe the kid will grow a 3rd arm and then could work for a sideshow.


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2012-04-16 09:53:21 AM  
BurnShrike: 14. Dam a stream

I dammed a stream once. I dammed it to Hell.

It took my sweet little Susie away. Never got a chance to build a cage with her bones.
 
2012-04-16 09:55:51 AM  

nekom: Frederick: Get behind a waterfall -seriously how many geographical locations can support this?

I can think of at least half a dozen places around here where you can do that, just off the top of my head.


Plus it encourages exploration, in a much more general sense. I don't exactly live in a craggy mountain-stream region, but I saw that and thought of a couple places I could check to see if there's any room behind a 10-12 foot falls. It would require a couple hours of hiking to check each, but then... I think that was kind of the point, eh?

/Totally approve of what these folks are doing, and the completely silly way in which they appear to have chosen to do it.
 
2012-04-16 09:58:38 AM  
They could have just shortened the list to:

1. Be in the BSA.

Seriously. I think I did damn near every one of those as a boy scout.
 
2012-04-16 10:01:15 AM  

Jerkwater: I did most of this crap when I was a kid. Nintendo was way better.

Sadly, both of my kids seem inexplicably drawn to the outdoors. No matter how I try to make them see how much better it is to stay inside ("Look, Spongebob is on!", "I'll buy you a new DS game!"), I'm forever being dragged outside for to waste my time playing dumb games or catching stupid fireflies. Hopefully it's just a phase.


Amen brother!
 
2012-04-16 10:01:16 AM  
I would add:

Hunt for snipes

hunt for morels

scour tilled fields for arrowheads

catch snakes, frogs, and turtles

make a whistle out of a reed

drive a car or truck off road

mow a lawn

shovel a driveway

kill it, cook it, eat it

shoot a gun

shoot an arrow

play tag at night in the woods
 
2012-04-16 10:01:31 AM  
45 out of 50 aint bad.
 
2012-04-16 10:01:36 AM  
school teacher.
i didnt see school teacher on there.
isnt a school teacher something you do at that age now?
 
2012-04-16 10:04:04 AM  

cgraves67: shoot a gun

shoot an arrow



I got my nephew into shooting when he was about 10, now at 13 my brother wants to kill me as he has had to join a gun club to support my nephew's hobby.
 
zez
2012-04-16 10:05:30 AM  

Andromeda: WTF are conkers?

I completely approve of #49- find a geocache. Been doing it for 2 years and it's really one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had, my theoretical future kids and I will be doing a lot of it.


I've been thinking about doing this with my 8 year old. Will the GPS on a phone work or do you need special equipment?

Build and launch a model rocket should be on the list too
 
2012-04-16 10:06:25 AM  
This list is retarded.
 
2012-04-16 10:07:14 AM  

Frederick: ..why?


Too late. You asked why.
Means you grew up.
Now you can't fly.
 
2012-04-16 10:08:29 AM  
51. Allow strangers to give you free candy?
 
2012-04-16 10:08:30 AM  
Abseiling is a form of rappeling.

Bouldering is rock climbing... a boulder. Adults do this too for practice or technique.

Conkers had been covered.

Did more of theses than I would have expected...
 
pla
2012-04-16 10:09:20 AM  
nekom : I've probably done all but one by the time I was 12. Geocaching didn't exist in 1992.

No, but Letterboxing did, and had actually started to get quite popular around that time. That said, I have to admit I hadn't done it by age 12, either. :)

I have to agree with the very Boobies in this thread, though - I did almost all of these before 12, with the notable exception of the very, very British ones that I needed to look up.

Then again, I notice that this list has a very heavy bias against city-dwellers, and I grew up in the middle of nowhere. :)


/ Conkers?
// Why???
 
2012-04-16 10:11:12 AM  
Frogspawn? They are not called tadpoles in the UK?
 
2012-04-16 10:12:34 AM  

zez: Andromeda: WTF are conkers?

I completely approve of #49- find a geocache. Been doing it for 2 years and it's really one of the most enjoyable hobbies I've ever had, my theoretical future kids and I will be doing a lot of it.

I've been thinking about doing this with my 8 year old. Will the GPS on a phone work or do you need special equipment?

Build and launch a model rocket should be on the list too


There's a geocaching app on the iPhone/Android that's free for the first one or two that you find, after that it's $10 IRC. Not the cheapest but then definitely cheaper than getting a proper GPS (I used my iPhone to find the first ~50 and realized I was definitely a fan of the game, so after that I bought a proper GPS as they are more accurate).

You can set up a free account on www.geocaching.com just to see what's in your area- I'd definitely recommend looking for "small" or "regular" sized ones to start because a. they're easier to find and b. big enough for trade items (which kids seem to really enjoy). Of course if your kid does want something in a cache don't forget to trade something of equal value.

Have fun! :)
 
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