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2013-05-03 09:14:39 AM  
48/50. Never had a snail race or knew what conkers was, but had an adventurous youth. Not that you could recommend the following, but these are things I remember most:

Get chased by a bull. The best fishing spot near one of my friends was a creek that ran through a large cow pasture. You had to ensure that the bull was far enough away before you jumped the fence and ran for the trees near the stream a couple hundred yards away.

Cross a railroad trestle. You first put your ear to the rail to ensure there's nothing coming.

Jump or dive from a rock higher than 10' into water.
 
2013-05-03 09:16:46 AM  

Kibbler: I did most of the things on the list.  I would add:

*snipped for brevity"

When I was a kid, we never went to Disney (though we went to a place called King's Island a couple of times). We never flew anywhere, went to anyplace exotic, or for example, did something like go to Sea World, and pay extra to get into a pool with dolphins. (Nothing wrong with any of those things.) We weren't poor but we were far from rich, so our excursions were in the car, pulling a trailer. I've never regretted it for a second. I had a lively imagination and I made my own fun. I wouldn't trade it for all of the let-us-entertain-you-for-a-price experiences imaginable.


You and me both. I had a great childhood.
- 49/50 of the original list (never played conkers),
- all of your list

Add: laying on your back in the grass at dusk and watch the bats swooping around silhouetted against the sky until you could see no bats but lots of stars.
 
2013-05-03 09:18:54 AM  
51. Search the stream for crawdads and make them fight
 
2013-05-03 09:22:48 AM  
That list is completely nerfed.

Where are:

Walking train tracks
Whitewater canoeing
Exploring abandoned mines
Using a rope swing on a lake or river
Cliff jumping
Shooting a rifle
etc.

All stuff I'd done well before 11 years of age.

/From WV where the men are manly and the livestock is skittish.
 
2013-05-03 09:27:39 AM  

1nsanilicious: They could have saved a lot of space in that article by simply stating become a Boy/Cub Scout.


Most kids nowadays are teh ghey though...so they don't qualify.
 
2013-05-03 09:28:14 AM  
They left a lot of things off the essential kids activities list, like:

Build an Estes rocket
Use the spare rocket engines to incinerate something
Build plastic models and destroy them.
Play vinyl records backwards
Make a hookah out of chemistry lab equipment
Design or modify a custom board game (double-stratego, for example)
Roll a doobie
As said before, crash your bike in new and interesting ways
Skateboard
Steal borrow a car
Deface a traffic sign. Try to make it funny, like "Squeeze <My> Left <One>"
Steal the answers to a test.
Start a food fight in the school cafeteria.
 
2013-05-03 09:30:15 AM  
Here are some that I crossed off my bucket list before turning 12:

51. Sneak the bottle marked Creme de Menthe out of Daddy's liquor cabinet and make a tasty green milkshake!
52. Steal the family car and have your little brother work the pedals while you do the steering on the way to Gramma's house.  Sneak back home when you crash at the end of the driveway and pretend you had nothing to do with it.  Beat your little brother up when he squeals.
53. Mix every chemical in the garage together to see what happens, then pour the resulting mixture on Mommy's prize rose bushes to "help them grow."
54. Put on cammo and face paint and then take your BB rifle and go hang out after dark in a construction zone and shoot the orange lights off of traffic sawhorses.  Then when you run out of those because they're all broken, hide at the top of a hill and shoot at cars.  Laugh when the police try to catch "two armed gunmen" in Connor's Woods with a helicopter's search light.  Explain to your parents how it wasn't your fault when you're dragged home by police officers.
55. Wrap towels around the end of a ladder so it doesn't make any noise when you lean it up against Jenny Linkletter's house and climb up to peek through her bedroom window while she undresses down to her panties and does a sexy dance number while singing along to "Born in the USA."  Explain to your parents how it wasn't your fault when you're dragged home by Jenny's dad (who coincidentally is also a police officer).  Bonus points awarded if you take Jenny to prom seven years later when you're both in highschool.
56. Get a bunch of kids together and walk so far up into a drainage culvert that you get lost in the storm sewer system, then compound your problems by splitting up to find the way out.  Explain to your parents why it's not your fault when rescue workers take four hours to find you and you get dragged home by police officers.
57. Dare your friend to climb a tree naked, and then steal his clothes and run home when the moron does it.
58. Dig up huge lumps of red clay from the creek bed and then pack them onto parked cars' wheels.  Laugh when someone finally pulls out, gets a few yards, and then screeches to a halt when the clay dislodges and smacks their car's undercarriage with a "whump" like they just ran over a dog or small child.
59. Steal four "Detour: Left Arrow" sawhorses from the construction site that you got caught shooting up earlier.  Set them up in a nearby road so that drivers have to take a left turn, then the next left turn, then the next left turn, and then the next left turn, putting them back on the road they were just on, one block back.  See how many of them make the round trip more than once (surprisingly many, as it turns out).
 
2013-05-03 09:30:34 AM  

Fano: 51. Bear crawls


Beer crawls? I've done those, but not until I was older...
 
2013-05-03 09:36:15 AM  

fruitloop: 51. Crash your bike

Every kid should have a cool bike crash story.

/homemade ramp
//scrapes, chipped a tooth on the handlebars
///no helmet


The hill on the road to the la county fair.
 
2013-05-03 09:38:33 AM  

Cheron: My kids are the outdoor types so we would call this list "the weekend."

/only nine year old in his class with his own set of crampons


I'm guessing he's the only 9yr old in his class because he got held back a couple times since he wastes all his time outside?
 
2013-05-03 09:43:55 AM  

fruitloop: 51. Crash your bike

Every kid should have a cool bike crash story.


I did  #2 "Roll down a really big hill" on a bike. There was a roof at the bottom of that hill,  and a road beneath that roof. Yes, I ended up in hospital.

/done most of the things on that list
 
2013-05-03 09:44:10 AM  

1nsanilicious: They could have saved a lot of space in that article by simply stating become a Boy/Cub Scout.


Agreed.
 
2013-05-03 09:47:51 AM  

DrunkenInsomniac: Introduce yourself to the local hospital/doctor, let them know you'll be back


IMO you haven't had a proper childhood unless you've been to hospital at least once because of play-related injuries. Kids are  supposed to fall down and hurt themselves.

/but don't leave the turpentine where the toddlers can get to it
 
2013-05-03 10:04:12 AM  
Thanks for the heads-up on geocaching. Heading to the Grand Canyon next month with the nieces and nephew, gonna give that a try.
 
2013-05-03 10:19:48 AM  

AdrienVeidt: Thanks for the heads-up on geocaching. Heading to the Grand Canyon next month with the nieces and nephew, gonna give that a try.


Kids absolutely LOVE it.  It really is fun for all ages.  Need to get back into that myself.
 
2013-05-03 10:25:30 AM  
Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy those things?
 
2013-05-03 10:36:38 AM  
12. Make a trail with sticks

This doesn't sound remotely interesting, unless it means something much better than what I'm imagining.
 
2013-05-03 10:44:52 AM  

KarmicDisaster: This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust
etc.

5) Survive a bite from the funnel-web spider
6) Kill a crock armed only with a knife
7) Avoid Sting Rays
8) Go on walkabout
 
2013-05-03 10:51:58 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy those things?


They're the only ones with free time. Adults work. Between work and ensuring that your kid can do these things, who has time to do such things themselves?
 
2013-05-03 10:57:56 AM  

Andromeda: Pretty sure this is a repeat.  I had the same nod of satisfaction that they put finding a geocache on the list.


Not so much a repeat as an annual Not News item to fill space.

/do newspapers have sweeps weeks?
 
2013-05-03 10:58:22 AM  

slayer199: KarmicDisaster: This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust
etc.
5) Survive a bite from the funnel-web spider
6) Kill a crock armed only with a knife
7) Avoid Sting Rays
8) Go on walkabout


9) Boil a billy
10) Tie a kangaroo down
11) Chunder
12) Spread some Vegemite.
 
2013-05-03 10:59:08 AM  
My kids have done 48/50.

Sub out good American things like have airsoft gun battles with friends and build a squirrel snare for the weid British stuff, like as conkers and snail racing, they have 50/50.

Yay me--the fun dad!
 
2013-05-03 11:15:10 AM  
Do not try this in the United States or some shallow bint will call...

www.positivepins.com

/Land of the free indeed.
 
2013-05-03 11:15:53 AM  
Eat a brownie
 
2013-05-03 12:11:53 PM  

johndalek: a bunch of us tried this


16. Make a daisy chain

until a couple of them did this


39. Catch a crab


thats the last time we did that.


Hooray, hooray, the first of May.
Outdoor farking starts today.
 
2013-05-03 12:28:26 PM  
16. Make a daisy chain

You know who else liked to make daisy chains?

www.imfdb.org

Blaster, that's who.
 
2013-05-03 12:46:07 PM  
53: Make a volcano out of sand and a hose - preferably surrounded by toy villages/cars/soldiers.
 
2013-05-03 12:49:58 PM  

nekom: /my addition: Catching a snake


In Australia? You need a death wish for that one.
 
2013-05-03 01:09:53 PM  

nekom: fruitloop: 51. Crash your bike

Every kid should have a cool bike crash story.

/homemade ramp
//scrapes, chipped a tooth on the handlebars
///no helmet

Mine involved a wasp, a tree and a broken collar bone.


Mine involved momentum, the crossbar, and waiting 20 years to find out that, Yes, I can sire children.
 
2013-05-03 01:13:19 PM  

THX 1138: 12. Make a trail with sticks

This doesn't sound remotely interesting, unless it means something much better than what I'm imagining.


I pictured grabbing a sturdy stick and thrashing away brush to get to a previously inaccessible place.... We did that.
 
2013-05-03 01:16:14 PM  

OregonVet: I pictured grabbing a sturdy stick and thrashing away brush to get to a previously inaccessible place.... We did that.


Ok, that's better than my mental image of doing nothing more than laying a few sticks end-to-end and calling it the bee's knees.
 
2013-05-03 01:20:51 PM  
Tie a thread to a Japanese beetle
Throw flies into spiderwebs
Ding dong ditch
Prank calls
Try to make a drink out of Pixie Sticks
Whip a friend or little brother with an orange Hot Wheels track

Good Times
 
2013-05-03 02:11:13 PM  
I grew up out in the country without a TV, before cellphones or the internet.  16/50.

There's no time for that idle kiddie crap when there's wood to chopand horses to feed.
 
2013-05-03 02:29:17 PM  
No bottle rocket wars?
 
2013-05-03 04:44:00 PM  
webspace.webring.com
 
2013-05-03 06:23:36 PM  
is there an app for these?
 
2013-05-03 09:04:11 PM  

KarmicDisaster: slayer199: KarmicDisaster: This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust
etc.
5) Survive a bite from the funnel-web spider
6) Kill a crock armed only with a knife
7) Avoid Sting Rays
8) Go on walkabout

9) Boil a billy
10) Tie a kangaroo down
11) Chunder
12) Spread some Vegemite.


13)No mistreatin' the Abbos... if anybody is looking
 
2013-05-03 09:05:06 PM  
49/50 no geocaching/smartphone/gps when I was a kid.

Had about 10sq miles of native bush as my back yard and my mates and I ran amok every weekend.

Should have had play "war" with home bow and arrows and camoflage so good that you could never be found.
 
2013-05-04 04:23:26 AM  
They left out 'discover whats in an idling van'
 
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