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Childhood fun and terror!

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Sooo much wild energy contained in such a small space. I was always tall with long arms and could make that sucker FLY for some poor kid... I quickly learned to lay flat on my back and plant feet on bars to stay on when big kids got me going on it... clouds going by in vision made me think I was in a clothes dryer, haha!

MoonTigerII Level 7 Aug 24, 2019

The "wheel of death" the "psycho-go-round"...the "playground suicide machine" The "vomitorium".... any others?

Robecology Level 8 July 23, 2019

Who can forget the equally violent game of pop the whip?

Hmm. I've never heard that term. Looked it up. I remember playing it. Not sure we ever called it anything.

@scurry Everyone held hands. At the end of the line, one kid starts running until the whole line is running to keep up with him. Then the leader takes a U-turn. Object is to hold hands tightly at the end of the line or a kid at the other end of the line "pops" off the end of the "whip." If it's a long line, several kids would go flying.

If the leader ran toward the school building and then did a U-turn, the kid at the end of the "whip" would "pop" into a brick wall. This could be followed by the playground supervisor getting involved in law suits for neglect.

Understandably pop the whip is rarely played in school yards.

We called it crack the whip. Yeah, violence was encouraged and used for entertainment back then.

@Tinocca Memories and concussions.


Ah,the tooth chipper and the seesaw always had some jackass who would jump off when you were in the air.Good times.

actofdog Level 8 July 20, 2019

As a child, I got right back on! 🤦🏼♀️


I tried to push a kid off of one of these in 5th grade after he poked me in a way I considered unnecessary. I was admirable.

thaywth Level 4 July 20, 2019

got a hell of a scar on my eyebrow from one, When I was in third grade, only the first a second graders were allowed on the one at school, but the one in the park was 50 mph minimum.

glennlab Level 9 July 20, 2019

Sorry you got hurt. But imagining them going around that fast still makes me chuckle.

@Tinocca I think everyone else was a lot more freaked out than I was. The face bleeds like crazy. As a kid, i got nosebleeds like mad, so my own blood didn't phase me. If not for all the scars, I couldn't keep the stories straight about which side of my body got hurt,


And yet we made it through .

GEGR Level 7 July 20, 2019

Yeah, and when we got home, we drank from the garden hose!


No they did not.

JFC, those things got so fucking hot in the summertime!!!

KKGator Level 9 July 20, 2019

Not as hot as going down the metal slide in shorts.

@Tinocca You are SO right about that!!!

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