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1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
7/1/22 11:40 a.m.

People like to make fun of "dangerous" toys like lawn darts, but honestly they didn't feel dangerous to me when my brother and I played with them as kids.  We both understood what would happen if we got stuck with one, and that we should not throw them at each other.  It's not that hard, really.

Are kids better off today with "safer" toys?  I wonder.

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NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/1/22 11:44 a.m.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/1/22 12:30 p.m.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/1/22 12:57 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

In reply to GCrites80s :

TODAY'S FUN FACT:

The original Clackers were invented and made in a (since abandoned) plastics factory local to me in Yorklyn, DE.  The old brick mill buildings were eventually torn down or renovated, but 40 years after Clackers were banned you can still walk around the woods there and dig up acrylic balls by the dozens just under the surface of the dirt.

 

David Elfering
David Elfering GRM+ Memberand Reader
7/1/22 10:04 p.m.

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/1/22 10:13 p.m.
1988RedT2 said:

People like to make fun of "dangerous" toys like lawn darts, but honestly they didn't feel dangerous to me when my brother and I played with them as kids.  We both understood what would happen if we got stuck with one, and that we should not throw them at each other.  It's not that hard, really.

Are kids better off today with "safer" toys?  I wonder.

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbeeimg.com%2Fimages%2Fi76599672541.png&f=1&nofb=1

When I was 4 my brother threw firecrackers at my face.  When I was 9 he made me run from tree to tree in the backyard while he shot at me with a BB gun.  Not all brothers have common sense.  I still love that mofo though.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
7/1/22 10:29 p.m.

In reply to Stampie :

Thats not normal? My brother did similar things. Like he told me to stare up in the sky and catch the arrows before they stuck in the ground for quarters. 

 

Required meme

DarkMonohue
DarkMonohue HalfDork
7/1/22 10:46 p.m.

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/1/22 10:59 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Damn I feel cheap.  You got paid quarters?

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/1/22 11:05 p.m.
Duke said: but 50 years after Clackers were banned you can still walk around the woods there and dig up acrylic balls by the dozens just under the surface of the dirt.

 

I thought you can still get clackers? Didn't they just reformulate the plastic balls?

NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/2/22 8:32 a.m.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/2/22 8:32 a.m.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/2/22 8:48 a.m.

Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy UltimaDork
7/2/22 9:06 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

I totally remember those.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/2/22 9:36 a.m.
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) said:
Duke said: but 50 years after Clackers were banned you can still walk around the woods there and dig up acrylic balls by the dozens just under the surface of the dirt.

 

I thought you can still get clackers? Didn't they just reformulate the plastic balls?

I'm talking about the original 1-1/2" hard acrylic balls on an 18" string ones that exploded into shrapnel if you got them going hard enough. 

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Dork
7/2/22 11:09 a.m.

I remember balls that when you clack them together they popped and made smoke like bang snaps but I don't think they were on a string. Too young to remember more than like one thing that happened in 1981.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/2/22 2:02 p.m.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/2/22 6:06 p.m.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/2/22 6:15 p.m.
Duke said:

OMBG, I really try to ignore greengrocer's apostrophes, but I just can't.

The same with "suspicious" quotes.

[edit]  And 24 hours later I just noticed the best part - no apostrophe in the one actual possessive on the entire building.

 

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/2/22 7:34 p.m.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
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7/2/22 11:10 p.m.

DarkMonohue
DarkMonohue HalfDork
7/3/22 1:35 a.m.

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/3/22 7:45 a.m.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/3/22 9:53 a.m.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
7/3/22 9:55 a.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

In reply to GCrites80s :

Actual reason for banning: parents annoyed out of their berkeleying minds by the incessant clacking din and having to vacuum up tiny berkeleying acrylic pieces out of the sofa for the next 4 months. 

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