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2019-01-06 02:44:46 PM  
Riding Bikes without Helmets

Oh, the horrors!
 
2019-01-06 02:54:05 PM  
I was born in '76, and my childhood was filled with unsupervised fun.

/ymmv
 
2019-01-06 03:09:57 PM  
I miss acid.
 
2019-01-06 03:12:16 PM  
I was a child in the 60s and 70s.  I remember lots of those things.  Good times.  Good times.
 
2019-01-06 03:18:30 PM  
I discovered my lawn darts a few years ago in my parents basement and it is the go to game after a few drinks and smoke when people visit.  No one hurt yet and that includes running a three-wheeler after up my hill for fastest time.
 
2019-01-06 03:22:17 PM  
I was born in 1969.

My mother had an ashtray on my nightstand for storytime.

Nuff said.

/why yes, she did die of cancer
 
2019-01-06 03:22:20 PM  
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2019-01-06 03:22:23 PM  
Christ, these types of lists make me barf.  So you rode bikes without helmets and drank out of lead pipes?  So farking what?  Why do old people feel the constant need to parade their assumed superiority over today's children and parents?
 
2019-01-06 03:22:49 PM  

pxlboy: I was born in '76, and my childhood was filled with unsupervised fun.

/ymmv


Heck I was born in 85 and I had a lot of freedom.  Basically just ran around the neighborhood on my bike and randomly went to friends houses. I wasn't allowed to go to the other neighborhood without permission but that was it.
 
2019-01-06 03:23:59 PM  
I found it interesting that 8, 9, 18, 19, 28, and 29 are all not only perfectly normal and healthy for kids, but something that many parents are trying to find a way back to within the current bubble wrap culture.
 
2019-01-06 03:24:05 PM  
In the late 70s and early 80s I used to make grenades. My friends and I had a source for M80s (a neighbor had a large stock pile of them that he bought up before they became illegal). I would take them, coat them in glue and then bury them in a can of BBs. Good times!
 
2019-01-06 03:24:23 PM  
I was born in 86 and rode around the neighborhood on a 50cc motorcycle completely unsupervised from like age 7. Walked to and from school alone all the time. Like most of this list really.

This is some helicopter parenting bullllllshiat
 
2019-01-06 03:25:00 PM  

Great_Milenko: Christ, these types of lists make me barf.  So you rode bikes without helmets and drank out of lead pipes?  So farking what?  Why do old people feel the constant need to parade their assumed superiority over today's children and parents?


I don't think it's a sense of superiority. It's more that some view parents today as way too overprotective.
 
2019-01-06 03:25:47 PM  
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2019-01-06 03:25:53 PM  

bring to a festering boil: Riding Bikes without Helmets

Oh, the horrors!


Boards of Canada - Everything You Do is a Balloon
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2019-01-06 03:25:57 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I found it interesting that 8, 9, 18, 19, 28, and 29 are all not only perfectly normal and healthy for kids, but something that many parents are trying to find a way back to within the current bubble wrap culture.


I found the pattern of all the numbers ending in 8 and 9 were things we'd be happy to return to.

I may have drank from the water hose a few times.
 
2019-01-06 03:26:59 PM  
If the people of the 60s were so brave then why did they make all the rules, regulations and terrifying PSAs about them?
 
2019-01-06 03:27:41 PM  

Muso: [cached.imagescaler.hbpl.co.uk image 460x307]


Oh yeah, those things were lethal.

To alertness.
 
2019-01-06 03:27:47 PM  
Yeah this is my dad feeding me strawberry champagne when I was under one year (my mom took the pic):

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2019-01-06 03:27:58 PM  
Let's see. Yup, did that. Did that, too. Also did that. And that. And that. . . .

My favorite one was running around behind the toxin billowing mosquito prevention truck. How am I still alive?

Seriously. How could our parents have thought that sleeping in the back window of the car was even remotely safe?
 
2019-01-06 03:28:08 PM  
I was born in the late 60s and remember almost all these things.  Its amazing how pussified most people have become.
 
2019-01-06 03:28:19 PM  
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LUXURY!
 
2019-01-06 03:28:23 PM  

4seasons85!: pxlboy: I was born in '76, and my childhood was filled with unsupervised fun.

/ymmv

Heck I was born in 85 and I had a lot of freedom.  Basically just ran around the neighborhood on my bike and randomly went to friends houses. I wasn't allowed to go to the other neighborhood without permission but that was it.


Same. But, we did anyway.
 
2019-01-06 03:28:51 PM  
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2019-01-06 03:28:58 PM  

cepson: How could our parents have thought that sleeping in the back window of the car was even remotely safe?


I take it you've never driven with awake children.
 
2019-01-06 03:29:10 PM  
Eating Clover Club BBQ chips with powdered blue cheese dip.
Helping Dad cut the asbestos siding he put on the house.
Playing with dynamite left abandoned in old mining shacks on the hill behind the house.
Exploring a bat infested hospital designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and throwing glass x-ray's off the third floor.    Bat bats were okay, bat tennis rackets were better.
Driving around in a front-end loader someone left the keys in.
Pulling blue glass out of a hundred-year-old dump to sell to collectors.
Swimming in the new public pool at night, weeks before it opened.
Benjamin pump pellet pistol.
Coaster races down the main street of town on the 4th of July.  Think Soap Box Derby with none of the safety features and curves.
After elementary school, things got dangerous.
 
2019-01-06 03:30:58 PM  
My kids were born in 98 and 99. They wouldn't understand this list.Overprotective parents have always been there.
 
2019-01-06 03:31:09 PM  

bring to a festering boil: Riding Bikes without Helmets

Oh, the horrors!


My brother wiped out on his bike and a guy up the road found him unconscious and drove him the 40 minutes to the nearest hospital that was a scary day my parents even sat us down and gave us a talk prepping us in case my brother didn't make it because his injuries were that serious. I'm the first one to laugh at nanny state type of stuff but bike helmets aren't one of them. They still aren't cool though.
 
2019-01-06 03:31:21 PM  
1964 - Smoking candy cigarettes behind the Quickie Mart.
 
2019-01-06 03:32:02 PM  
Sorry for bringing sense into this, but it seems to me that the "kid doing the crazy thing back in the day" and the "helicopter parent who won't let their kids do the crazy thing today"... are the exact same person. So what are we saying, really?
 
2019-01-06 03:32:06 PM  
FTFA 7) Walking to and from School Alone

When we moved to the suburbs in the 1970s there was a bus that took us the whole mile to school.  In budget cuts they got rid of the bus in the early 80s and we were forced to walk it.  Even in January through a foot of snow.

My siblings kids walk that same mile today.

Everyone survived.
 
2019-01-06 03:32:27 PM  

cepson: Let's see. Yup, did that. Did that, too. Also did that. And that. And that. . . .

My favorite one was running around behind the toxin billowing mosquito prevention truck. How am I still alive?

Seriously. How could our parents have thought that sleeping in the back window of the car was even remotely safe?


Putting the backdoor of the station wagon down so kids could ride with their feet hanging down was even better
 
2019-01-06 03:34:02 PM  

gingerjet: FTFA 7) Walking to and from School Alone

When we moved to the suburbs in the 1970s there was a bus that took us the whole mile to school.  In budget cuts they got rid of the bus in the early 80s and we were forced to walk it.  Even in January through a foot of snow.

My siblings kids walk that same mile today.

Everyone survived.


Uphill? Both ways?
 
2019-01-06 03:34:20 PM  
7) Walking to and from School Alone
8) Going to a Friend's House Unescorted
23) Coming Home to an Empty House


My kids (16 and 8) have done all these things since they were 6. We street proofed our kids and aren't teaching them to live in fear. I'm actually quite concerned about what will happen to today's kids when there's no one to hold their hands when they reach adulthood.

I've never understood the concept of play dates. Let kids handle that stuff on their own.

15) Playing Outside Unsupervised All Day

I wish

18) Stick Ball and Games in the Streets

Street hockey is still popular in my neighborhood. Anyone who doesn't like it can kiss my ass. Some cities up here in Canada have even passed by-laws protecting kid's rights to play street hockey. In 99% of cases where people complain the issue isn't safety, it's usually some old crone whining about the noise (of coursr things were different when their kids were young). If you live someplace where there are homes with 3+ bedrooms you should expect to hear kids playing.
 
2019-01-06 03:34:51 PM  

bring to a festering boil: Riding Bikes without Helmets

Oh, the horrors!


I'd go ride my bike (no helmet), unsupervised, all day long and be miles from home at times. If we got thirsty, we would drink directly out of streams or out of people's garden hoses.
 
2019-01-06 03:35:04 PM  
I think I did everything in that list at one point or other. I don't think it killed me, but it would certainly explain a lot
 
2019-01-06 03:37:37 PM  

4seasons85!: Great_Milenko: Christ, these types of lists make me barf.  So you rode bikes without helmets and drank out of lead pipes?  So farking what?  Why do old people feel the constant need to parade their assumed superiority over today's children and parents?

I don't think it's a sense of superiority. It's more that some view parents today as way too overprotective.


Count me as one of the over protective dads. I find my parenting achieves the proper 70s level of letting them run after about my third vodka.

I think there is definitely a link there.

I know what they need, but letting them run scares the hell out of me :)
 
2019-01-06 03:37:57 PM  

eurotrader: cepson: Let's see. Yup, did that. Did that, too. Also did that. And that. And that. . . .

My favorite one was running around behind the toxin billowing mosquito prevention truck. How am I still alive?

Seriously. How could our parents have thought that sleeping in the back window of the car was even remotely safe?

Putting the backdoor of the station wagon down so kids could ride with their feet hanging down was even better


My dad drove 4 boys in a pickup 45 minutes away to there grandmas house regularly. That means 3 boys in the bed of the truck on interstate 81.
 
2019-01-06 03:38:15 PM  
"Parents exposed kids to secondhand smoke and let them run wild in the streets. The cereal was way too sugary and kids hung out at candy stores, but despite all the obstacles things turned out all right."
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While I don't agree with our current helicopter parenting culture, this article is awfully cavalier.
 
2019-01-06 03:38:58 PM  
We did pretty much all of that stuff in the 70's, too. Heck, we used to ride around on our dirtbikes toting either 22s or bb guns. The main difference FTA for me was that my mom put Campho-Phenique on every bump, scrape or burn. Do they still make that stuff?
 
2019-01-06 03:39:16 PM  
Well, it's not like ones that didnt survive could tell us about it.
 
2019-01-06 03:39:18 PM  
1970.

My dad coached my t-ball team and hauled all of us to a road game in the back of his pickup on the highway for 19 miles. GASP!

We used to have BB gun wars out in the woods. It wasn't so bad with the old Red Riders or the single shot Daisy 44 cal looking thing, but when the arms race started with the pump action rifles, it got a little dicey. We had a one pump rule and if anyone was suspected of breaking it, we would convene a war crimes tribunal and, if convicted, would have to take a three-pump shot to the back of the leg at 10 paces.
 
2019-01-06 03:39:34 PM  
I just remembered when bringing groceries in the house everyone would have meatball sized sampling of raw hamburger.
Parents sent us to the corner store for beer and cigarettes. By the carton.
Potato chips were packed in cardboard box or a metal tin so they would not get broken up.
We had something called TV dinners that we ate in front of the TV.
Smoking was allowed everywhere. In the bars, grocery stores and even on busses.
The damn dirty hippies were everywhere.
Refillable beer bottles.
Beer and pop cans without a pull tab.
Never have to leave your car to get gas.
 
2019-01-06 03:40:57 PM  

majestic: We did pretty much all of that stuff in the 70's, too. Heck, we used to ride around on our dirtbikes toting either 22s or bb guns. The main difference FTA for me was that my mom put Campho-Phenique on every bump, scrape or burn. Do they still make that stuff?


Yes they do. I've used it (not on everything). You can find it in pretty much any drug store, target, Walmart, etc.
 
2019-01-06 03:41:04 PM  

Great_Milenko: Christ, these types of lists make me barf.  So you rode bikes without helmets and drank out of lead pipes?  So farking what?  Why do old people feel the constant need to parade their assumed superiority over today's children and parents?


Cuz you are still waiting for us to die. We ain't going anywhere.
 
2019-01-06 03:41:31 PM  

sinner4ever: eurotrader: cepson: Let's see. Yup, did that. Did that, too. Also did that. And that. And that. . . .

My favorite one was running around behind the toxin billowing mosquito prevention truck. How am I still alive?

Seriously. How could our parents have thought that sleeping in the back window of the car was even remotely safe?

Putting the backdoor of the station wagon down so kids could ride with their feet hanging down was even better

My dad drove 4 boys in a pickup 45 minutes away to there grandmas house regularly. That means 3 boys in the bed of the truck on interstate 81.


I am sure he put lawn chairs in the bed once they got bigger.
 
2019-01-06 03:45:02 PM  
Making no little flyers from the old pull top tabs.
 
2019-01-06 03:45:24 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: 1970.

My dad coached my t-ball team and hauled all of us to a road game in the back of his pickup on the highway for 19 miles. GASP!

We used to have BB gun wars out in the woods. It wasn't so bad with the old Red Riders or the single shot Daisy 44 cal looking thing, but when the arms race started with the pump action rifles, it got a little dicey. We had a one pump rule and if anyone was suspected of breaking it, we would convene a war crimes tribunal and, if convicted, would have to take a three-pump shot to the back of the leg at 10 paces.


BB wars was the reason I performed my first minor surgery on someone. 2 pump rule and caught breaking was a 5 pump into jeans. Bought a new crossman a few years ago and it has over 1000 fps on a break action it is better I didn't have on back then
 
2019-01-06 03:46:45 PM  
List fails w/o shoe-fitting x-rays

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2019-01-06 03:47:10 PM  
I was born the month Revolver was released. I remember all of these and partook in many. Playing outside with your buddies from sunup til bed time was a great way to grow up.
 
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