Lsherm: Uh, this has been around since the 70's. But at least we all had our own erasers.
Pocket Ninja: Lsherm: Uh, this has been around since the 70's. But at least we all had our own erasers.This is true, but overly dismissive. Take as an example marijuana, which many kids today call "reefer" or "grass." This particular drug has been around since the 1940s, and many addicts and enablers today use that to dismiss its continuing existence as a non-issue. "The reefer has been around for generations," they like to say. "Our parents smoked it, and their parents smoked it, too. Why are you only now caring that we want to partake?" And this makes sense, until you consider the implications. See, the reefer back then was nothing more than leaves from the cannabis plant that, when smoked, would cause the smoker to get slightly buzzed. A little silly, a little giggly, a little hungry. It was all good fun, a bit of whacky tomfoolery. But then the Mexicans came along, and they took the reefer and amped it way up, like a mojito. They added all kinds of things to it, chemicals and other drugs and sometimes even sugar. The truth of the matter is that the reefer today's kids are smoking isn't anything like the reefer of their parents. It's super reefer, reefer that's been known to kill within two, three tokes. And it destroys minds, so that the people smoking it can't even see what's happening to them.It's the same thing with the eraser challenge. Back in the '70s, erasers were still a relatively new technology that relied mostly on plant extracts and natural oils and whale resin. But then whale hunting was outlawed, and plant extracts started getting used as bio fuel. And then China came along with all of its lead mines and cheap labor. The truth is that today's erasers are nothing like the erasers employed by the previous generation, and what was for that generation's elders a harmless, silly game can be for this generation a doorway to cancer, mental disorder, and worse. It's can sound square, I know, to claim that the younger generation should take heed from the mistakes of ...
fusillade762: Teens today, with their Rainbow Parties and sex bracelets and jenkum! Why can't they just embrace wholesome entertainment like Dungeons and Dragons and comic books like I did as a child??
Atomic Spunk: When I saw the title, I thought there was going to be some sort of play on the missing "i" in "triple", like the eraser challenge would put you at risk of losing an "i". Oh well.The games we used to play were quite a bit more dangerous than the eraser challenge. We'd squat down and breath really deeply and quickly for 30 seconds, then we'd quickly stand up and a friend would push into our chest, causing us to pass out. We stopped doing it after one of my friends passed out, hit his head on the sidewalk and started having seizures. That was pretty scary, but my friend didn't have lasting damage.
Danger Avoid Death: Oh. I thought this was going to be something about banging the teacher's erasers together. Do kids still do that, or do they just go straight to banging the teacher?
Pattuq: The burned hand teaches best. Let the idiots rub off their skin if they want to. Later on, as they wait in discomfort for the injury to heal, they will wonder whether or not it was worth it. Enough stupid decisions that lead to pain can make even the dumbest kids a little more cautious.If the sharing of fluids leads to sickness being spread, as they fear, that will also be a harsh lesson. Some kids need a "holy shiat, I'm mortal!" moment before they wake up and become more mature. Not all of them, but those who don't won't be erasing their arms in the first place.
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