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Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 11, 2022 02:17PM
I'm sure all the kids are playing this out in the streets nowadays. RIGHT MOM?



Mumblety-peg is an old outdoor game played using pocketknives. The term "mumblety-peg" came from the practice of putting a peg of about 2 or 3 inches into the ground. The loser of the game had to take it out with his teeth.

Mumblety-peg is generally played between two people, with a pocketknife.

In one common version of the game, two opponents stand opposite one another with their feet shoulder-width apart. The first player then takes the knife and throws it to "stick" in the ground as near his own foot as possible. The second player then repeats the process. Whichever player "sticks" the knife closest to his own foot wins the game.

If a player "sticks" the knife in his own foot, he wins the game by default, although few players find this option appealing because of the possibility of bodily harm. The game combines not only precision in the knife-throwing, but also a good deal of bravado and proper assessment of one's own skills.


There are many variants of the basic game. One relatively safe version is very similar to H-O-R-S-E basketball. Here, the first player attempts to stick his knife in the ground using some unusual technique, such as behind the back or off his knee. If he is successful, the second player must duplicate the feat. In some cases, just getting the knife to stick at all can be the objective but in others, the players attempt to stick their knives into the peg or as close to it as possible.

In the variant known as "Stretch", the object of the game is to make the other player fall over from having to spread his legs too far apart. The players begin facing each other some distance apart with their own heels and toes touching, and take turns attempting to stick their knives in the ground outboard of the other player's feet. If the knife sticks, the other player must move his foot out to where the knife stuck while keeping the other foot in place, provided the distance between foot and knife is about twelve inches or less. Play continues until one player falls or is unable to make the required stretch.

The highly dangerous "Chicken" variant is the opposite of "Stretch". Here, one player bets the other how many sticks he will allow the other to make between his feet. The betting player then stands with his feet as far apart as possible and the other player throws his knife into the gap between them. If the knife sticks, the betting player moves whichever foot is closer to the knife to where the knife stuck. Therefore, hitting as close to the center as possible is desirable to make the opponent's feet come close to each other with the fewest throws. The process repeats until either the agreed-upon number of sticks has been accomplished (betting player wins), either player refuses to go any further (whichever player did not "chicken out" wins), or the knife hits the betting player (betting player wins). Approximately halving the distance between the feet at each stick, five sticks is essentially the upper limit that still leaves the feet very slightly apart, so such bets are rarely made or taken.



Mark Twain's book Tom Sawyer, Detective recounts "mumbletypeg" as one of boys' favorite outdoor games.

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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 11, 2022 02:22PM
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: May 11, 2022 02:51PM
No wonder tetanus was so common.
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 11, 2022 02:59PM
Mom wouldn’t let us play it but we did anyway.
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 11, 2022 04:14PM

I laugh at your Twenty-First Century!
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 11, 2022 06:25PM
Now it’s played with a gun.



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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 11, 2022 07:34PM
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Now it’s played with a gun.

That’s mumblety plug.
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 11, 2022 08:04PM
We played the knife throwing between the feet version in summer camp. After getting an unexpected slice on the side of my foot I began carving “knives” for this purpose out of pine. Sold them for a buck. They were very popular. One of the camp counselors pulled me aside and thanked me.
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 12, 2022 04:29AM
we did it with screw drivers. no way we would ruin a good blade. besides, I usually had a push dagger. wrong for that anyway.



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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: Cary
Date: May 12, 2022 03:17PM
Remember:

Lawn darts?
BB guns?
Drinking from a garden hose?
Leaving after school and not coming back until dinner with (gasp) no cell phone or any other means of tracking/being tracked?
Playing pickup sports with out parental supervision?
Calling for a friend by just going to their house and ringing the bell, or, just walking inside?
Metal shop/woodworking shop in school, where a 10 year old learned how to use a table saw, drill press and other machinery?

On a side note, we're getting our house ready for sale. Just found my timing light, tach/dwell meter, feeler gauges and a bunch of other tools that I haven't used or needed in forever...
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Re: Hey, remember Mumblety-peg?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: May 13, 2022 12:29PM
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Cary
Remember:
Metal shop/woodworking shop in school, where a 10 year old learned how to use a table saw, drill press and other machinery?

You had metal shop in 5th Grade?!?
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