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12/7/17 11:10 P

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Oh, they weren't pressurized..... they had already been emptied (Crosman air rifles and pistols, I think). We stuffed matchheads into them and made our own black powder for fuses. The hole in the end of the cartridge was very small (I think actually sealed with lead or another soft alloy so the air rifle could easily puncture it.) With a little cleaning, a match head would just barely fit through the opening. They either took off like a deadly bottle rocket or exploded like a grenade as that much flammable in a very confined space is want to do. There was Larry's downfall. Instead of gently pushing each one in with the wooden end of another barn burner, he got the bright idea to use a nail and a hammer to pack them tighter. I never said we were a very bright lot. When I went to visit him in the hospital his only concern was that he was using his Mom's ironing board as a work surface and he had blown the seat out of his brother's pants. He was concerned about the butt-whoopin' he was due for once he healed up. So.... your Son is a wise young man to avoid the foolhardiness that we displayed. In our defense, we didn't have the internet to guide us.

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Oooh!!! I loved my Aunt Vicki's clackers! I was told I was pretty good at it. When I came across clackers at a local fair I bought a pair! We have them somewhere. Still pretty good at it. ;) They'd be a great home protection against an intruder. emoticon

Ha! I really liked tetherball in elementary school. We totally cheated grabbing onto the rope and flinging it over the other persons head. I was tall so I usually won. I didn't find out until much later that wasn't how the game was supposed to be played. lol

NITEMAN, my youngest must be a heathen. emoticon We live on a farm with the occasional wild animal, mostly coyote, but black bear sightings and even more rare a mountain lion, and snakes. But he carries a knife on his hip and what we call an Eli sword; but it's for cutting back brush. He had an airsoft at 7 and has a .22, but rarely carries it. He gets it out if our chickens are being preyed upon. He also had a sling shot. I think it broke, so we threw it away. He also has a long bow and arrows. And for school he experiments with rubbing alcohol in a container and a flame and pooooophphphph! It's really awesome! But he's not allowed to do it unless I'm with him. He says he draws the line at pressurized canisters. .... in his hand. . .

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So, Dave, what you essentially are saying is, "When the crap flies, you want me on YOUR team!"
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"Christmas Story" time and you dare ask such a question, Red Ryder? We were a murderous band of heathens by today's standards. I'm just guesstimating, but I'd say I had a BB gun by about age 11 and a .22 not long after. We had knives and machetes. We took empty CO2 cartridges and tapped match heads into them to use as grenades until my best buddy blew half his hand off. Another buddy lost an eye to a cherry bomb. We had mini-bikes and scooters. Also, many a downhill wagon race or sled race ended poorly.

I spent summers at my Grandma's house in the country and the rest of the time in town, so I got exposed to urban and rural devilment about equally. When there were no toys, we invented them. We were loosed on the world at about daybreak every day and didn't return home till after dark many a day. Bicycles took us everywhere and nobody worried because we always came home played out. Tubing on the creeks and rivers, diving off railroad trestles and quarry walls. Hopping building rooves. Exploring drainage tunnels and abandoned buildings. I guess it's safer now, but it seemed to be so much more fun back then. The walks I take these days are nostalgia tours of the things I used to do and the places I used to go.

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ohhhhh Darlene, are you SERIOUS???????
Our culture is torn between wimpy-hood and extreme sports. Isn't that weird?

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Today they consider that ball game that you stand in a square and bounce it across to another person in the square dangerous.



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Awwww, the clackers were cool.


How about Tether Ball. BAM! swings round and hits the other person (or yourself) square in the head. lol

Baseballs. Yep, got hit in the head.

How about something that you bake, like Creepy Crawlers, or window sun-catchers?

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I agree with with you Mary Alice back in the day toys weren't considered dangerous. I remember those clackers they did hurt but wasn't considered dangerous though

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yard darts was one, and those two balls tied together that you clacked did those cause pain but the most painful thing was being the youngest of five kids....!!!! LOL


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A lot of things we had are considered dangerous today.

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I don't think any toys were considered dangerous when I was growing up. I can't think of any.



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F8CONE8 , I loved those!!! sometimes I used a rock. Those were dangerous?

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I recall no toys that were dangerous. We didn't have many toys.

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Cap gun with real caps. We used to hit them with a hammer to make them pop.

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Wow I can't think of a toy that I played with as dangerous I don't see bikes roller skates dangerous we played fell down and got hurt. Swing sets had a habit of tipping over that only happened when we tried to swing really high so we could jump off.

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The sail boat, it had a habit of turning over, but then the row boat turned over more then once and the bike fell down and crashed into things.

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skateboard and bike? though I don't really consider them dangerous; just what I did with them made for dangerous incidences. emoticon emoticon

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Ice skates.

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Definitely nothing like this. As far as I remember, the most dangerous things I had were my roller skates & my bicycle.

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What's the most dangerous toy you got as a kid?



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Mattel designed this doll with a "real chewing action" thinking it would make it a more realistic Cabbage Patch Kid. The toy company did not foresee the doll devouring locks of hair and fingers until it was too late. As a result of the numerous complaints, the toy was taken off store shelves in 1997.


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