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That 70's Life
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 08, 2021 03:12PM
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: January 08, 2021 03:56PM
YIKES!!!
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 08, 2021 04:14PM
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 08, 2021 04:16PM
Wonder what the outcome of this was? 50/50 that the last kid ended up in the hospital.

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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: January 08, 2021 04:18PM
Speaking as someone who was a kid in the '70s - that seems accurate; we were pretty much free-range and left to our own devices, with the only admonishment being "be home by dinner".

Other than the kids who blew themselves up trying to make a pipebomb (no fatalities, but the kid holding onto the thing as they were hammering it shut lost both forearms), I don't remember any permanent injuries - lots of non-permanent ones, though.

I remember seeing the forearmless kid a few years later - he and his buddies were playing around with firecrackers - he'd hold them in one of his hooks, and one of his buddies would light the fuse, so they could all watch as it went off while he was holding it.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: hal
Date: January 08, 2021 04:18PM
Super 70s sports is a great twitter feed for us old sports fans
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: hal
Date: January 08, 2021 04:20PM
wait... what the hell is that bike? I never saw anything like that in the 70s.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: January 08, 2021 04:50PM
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SDGuy
Speaking as someone who was a kid in the '70s - that seems accurate; we were pretty much free-range and left to our own devices, with the only admonishment being "be home by dinner".

No kidding. How many times we nearly burned down forests, played around with gun powder or gasoline, jumped from tops of houses, scaled cliffs as a matter of routine....and survived it all without a scrape. Sometimes I don’t blame parents for being the helicopter type.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: January 08, 2021 04:51PM
Both of those photos pretty much describe my life in Van Nuys, CA in 1972.

Free range is pretty apt. Jumping my friends and brothers on bikes was probably one of the least risky of my behaviors. It was a great time to be 11 years old.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 08, 2021 04:54PM
Me and my friends went spelunking in the mid 70's while in high school.

We went deep inside huge wild caves with carbide lamps, and camped overnight in them.

I went sky diving in high school, and rock climbing, and white water canoeing, and...
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 08, 2021 05:01PM
I got one of my concussions on a banana bike in the late 60's. Popping wheelies and the front wheel came off. OW.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: January 08, 2021 05:09PM
Yep. I did all that stupid stuff as a kid in the 70's. I don't ever remember being taken to the hospital for any of that though.

Well, that one time when I was accused for eating a whole bottle of orange, chewable, baby aspirin. I told my folks over and over I didn't eat them, but apparently I was only five and couldn't be trusted with my word. I still remember in the emergency room the huge metal bowl I vomited in after I was given medicine to puke. Not a fond memory.

Turns out a few months later my older sister confessed to eating the aspirin. She had no ill effects. RollingEyesSmiley5



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 08, 2021 05:22PM
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Rick-o
Turns out a few months later my older sister confessed to eating the aspirin. She had no ill effects. RollingEyesSmiley5

That you know of ;)





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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 08, 2021 05:29PM
We used to do this all the time when I was a kid.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: hal
Date: January 08, 2021 05:34PM
All of the above true, but I don't see arm & leg casts as often on little kids as back in my day. And some of those kids did indeed die from these antics. Think back a bit and I bet you can recall one or two.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Don C
Date: January 08, 2021 07:53PM
These are the survivors speaking, of course.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 08, 2021 08:22PM
Death defiers








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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 08, 2021 08:27PM
We did the bike jump fairly regularly. But I have to give that kid (and the ones he's jumping over) props. The most we ever jumped was two kids.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 08, 2021 08:29PM
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SDGuy
I remember seeing the forearmless kid a few years later - he and his buddies were playing around with firecrackers - he'd hold them in one of his hooks, and one of his buddies would light the fuse, so they could all watch as it went off while he was holding it.

Every cloud has its silver lining...



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Don C
Date: January 08, 2021 11:23PM
My recollection of those long aluminum slides was that you usually had to scoot down them because they were not slippery enough to actually slide. But then you had to watch out for the kid walking UP the slide.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: January 09, 2021 12:38AM
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Turns out a few months later my older sister confessed to eating the aspirin. She had no ill effects. RollingEyesSmiley5

That you know of ;)

Almost certainly nowhere near as many ill effects as I'd imagine he wished she'd gotten after she stood by with a faux innocent look on her face while he was forced, protesting his genuine innocence the whole time, to take the rap for and consequences of HER boneheaded move.

Sometimes I'll idly daydream about how it might have been nice to have siblings growing up, then I read stories like that and think "Nope, I'm good, no regrets".

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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 09, 2021 12:49AM
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Don C
My recollection of those long aluminum slides was that you usually had to scoot down them because they were not slippery enough to actually slide. But then you had to watch out for the kid walking UP the slide.

I remember the well used ones to be pretty well polished by kids butts and nice and slippery. They could also cause burns when used after they've been baking in the afternoon sun for hours.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: CW2V
Date: January 09, 2021 08:22AM


This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Got a concussion riding in the creek, survived lawn darts, skateboards the size of submarine sandwiches, climbing trees, mountains, rivers, no seatbelts, no helmets, rock fights...

Amazing I survived my childhood.

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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: davester
Date: January 09, 2021 09:20AM
I had numerous trips to the ER, and many stitches (13 in my forehead from a trampoline stunt). The Jarts bring back a fond memory of throwing one up high in the front yard only for it to come down and stick my little brother in the back. As I rushed over to yank the bloody Jart out of my crying sibling my parents drove up so I uttered these words of comfort "SHH! Don't tell mum and dad!"



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 09, 2021 11:03AM
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I had numerous trips to the ER, and many stitches (13 in my forehead from a trampoline stunt). The Jarts bring back a fond memory of throwing one up high in the front yard only for it to come down and stick my little brother in the back. As I rushed over to yank the bloody Jart out of my crying sibling my parents drove up so I uttered these words of comfort "SHH! Don't tell mum and dad!"

What a good and kind older brother you were.
So concerned for your sibling's well being. smiley-laughing001

Guess it was OK to be an only child, safer anyway, but there were still cousins to contend with.

I got beaned in the head by a cousin while we were at my grandmother's farm. We were down in the mouth of a cave, yeah, that was safe to start with, and two of my cousins were up on a terrace inside while I and some other cousins were below messing around the creek that ran through the cave. Johnny threw a big rock off and hit me square on the top of the head. Didn't fully knock me out, but addled me. My parent's had to walk me out the mile or two to the car, my grandmother's farm was in the mountains and not fully accessible by car, then drive me the 30 miles or so to the ER where I got my 8 stitches. RollingEyesSmiley5





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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2021 12:33PM
‘Tis but a scratch; Just a flesh wound.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 09, 2021 01:22PM
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My recollection of those long aluminum slides was that you usually had to scoot down them because they were not slippery enough to actually slide. But then you had to watch out for the kid walking UP the slide.

I remember the well used ones to be pretty well polished by kids butts and nice and slippery. They could also cause burns when used after they've been baking in the afternoon sun for hours.

We used sheets of waxed paper (sat on them going down) to get the slide satisfactorily slippery.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 09, 2021 03:50PM
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Don C
My recollection of those long aluminum slides was that you usually had to scoot down them because they were not slippery enough to actually slide. But then you had to watch out for the kid walking UP the slide.

They weren't aluminum - they were steel.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 09, 2021 03:51PM
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CW2V


This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Plywood was the only acceptable material for the ramp.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: January 09, 2021 06:49PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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CW2V


This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Plywood was the only acceptable material for the ramp.

Just like Mercurochrome was the only acceptable topical antibiotic, or for extreme/deep cuts Merthiolate (Same stuff/active ingredient except Mercurochrome was water-based and didn't burn at all whereas Merthiolate was alcohol-based and burned like a S.O.B.). All through the 70s in any neighborhood kids had orange spots all over them where cuts or scrapes had been treated with Mercurochrome.

I was staying with my cousins and got a pretty good scrape on my arm which my aunt treated not with Mercurochrome but with some clear spray (probably Bactine but I'm not sure). I remember thinking at the time "What is this voodoo BS?!? How are you supposed to know you got good coverage if it doesn't stain where it has been applied?!? Oh my god, I'm gonna wind up losing this arm because my aunt doesn't have sense enough to keep Mercurochrome in the house!"



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 09, 2021 09:22PM
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Thrift Store Scott
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N-OS X-tasy!
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CW2V


This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Plywood was the only acceptable material for the ramp.

Just like Mercurochrome was the only acceptable topical antibiotic, or for extreme/deep cuts Merthiolate (Same stuff/active ingredient except Mercurochrome was water-based and didn't burn at all whereas Merthiolate was alcohol-based and burned like a S.O.B.). All through the 70s in any neighborhood kids had orange spots all over them where cuts or scrapes had been treated with Mercurochrome.

I was staying with my cousins and got a pretty good scrape on my arm which my aunt treated not with Mercurochrome but with some clear spray (probably Bactine but I'm not sure). I remember thinking at the time "What is this voodoo BS?!? How are you supposed to know you got good coverage if it doesn't stain where it has been applied?!? Oh my god, I'm gonna wind up losing this arm because my aunt doesn't have sense enough to keep Mercurochrome in the house!"

Merthiolate was purple, IIRC
Bactine was a godsend, because it didn’t burn like hell.





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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 09, 2021 10:17PM
I came close to blowing myself up on more than one occasion. Kids were DEFINITELY tougher back then (remember STEEL PIPES used to construct Monkey Bars?). Even when, as an eight year old, when I got hit by a slow moving car, there was NO trip to the ER or even an MD. I gave my mother LOTS of scary moments (God bless her!). old fogey smiley
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 09, 2021 11:12PM
Did anyone else blow up dog poop with firecrackers? Just me? Okay.
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: January 09, 2021 11:17PM
Man, I used to love throwing lawn darts high in the air.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: January 10, 2021 12:49AM
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CW2V


This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Plywood was the only acceptable material for the ramp.

Just like Mercurochrome was the only acceptable topical antibiotic, or for extreme/deep cuts Merthiolate (Same stuff/active ingredient except Mercurochrome was water-based and didn't burn at all whereas Merthiolate was alcohol-based and burned like a S.O.B.). All through the 70s in any neighborhood kids had orange spots all over them where cuts or scrapes had been treated with Mercurochrome.

I was staying with my cousins and got a pretty good scrape on my arm which my aunt treated not with Mercurochrome but with some clear spray (probably Bactine but I'm not sure). I remember thinking at the time "What is this voodoo BS?!? How are you supposed to know you got good coverage if it doesn't stain where it has been applied?!? Oh my god, I'm gonna wind up losing this arm because my aunt doesn't have sense enough to keep Mercurochrome in the house!"

Merthiolate was purple, IIRC

Mercurochrome was vividly orange-orange, Merthiolate was between pink and orange and a less intense color. We used an aerosol topical antibiotic on the cattle that was vividly purple and I remember one neighbor's parents using what looked like the same stuff on him occasionally, but I never knew the name of the purple stuff.

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Bactine was a godsend, because it didn’t burn like hell.

Ehhh... I don't trust anything that you can't clearly see where you put it.



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 10, 2021 05:57AM
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testcase
Even when...I got hit by a slow moving car, there was NO trip to the ER or even an MD.

Same here -- because I never told my parents that it happened!



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 10, 2021 03:58PM
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Even when...I got hit by a slow moving car, there was NO trip to the ER or even an MD.

Same here -- because I never told my parents that it happened!

My husband as always said, if there wasn't gross bleeding, his parents didn't take it seriously.RollingEyesSmiley5





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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 10, 2021 08:20PM
What, no love for Iodine?
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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2021 08:09AM
....80s life.....



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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Rolando
Date: January 11, 2021 01:57PM
70s and 80s for me.
I split my head open doing wheelies on my bike, went too far back---mom took me to the ER when it would not stop bleeding....

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Re: That 70's Life
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: January 12, 2021 08:04AM
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This is pretty accurate for me, although it felt like I was airborne for a lifetime.

Plywood was the only acceptable material for the ramp.

Just like Mercurochrome was the only acceptable topical antibiotic, or for extreme/deep cuts Merthiolate (Same stuff/active ingredient except Mercurochrome was water-based and didn't burn at all whereas Merthiolate was alcohol-based and burned like a S.O.B.). All through the 70s in any neighborhood kids had orange spots all over them where cuts or scrapes had been treated with Mercurochrome.

I was staying with my cousins and got a pretty good scrape on my arm which my aunt treated not with Mercurochrome but with some clear spray (probably Bactine but I'm not sure). I remember thinking at the time "What is this voodoo BS?!? How are you supposed to know you got good coverage if it doesn't stain where it has been applied?!? Oh my god, I'm gonna wind up losing this arm because my aunt doesn't have sense enough to keep Mercurochrome in the house!"

My mom liked to use that "liquid bandage" stuff...pouring it onto large scrapes wound which felt like having liquid fire poured onto them.
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