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Sit and Spin always struck me as somewhat dangerous because of course there's the kid that pukes.
And I remember like pulling on my Sit and Spin's handle so hard that I must have warped the plastic. I don't wanna even think about what would have happened if it flew off.

Still, I had many happy hours playing with my Sit and Spin.
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

If rocks count as toys, we used to have some good rock fights as kids.

And if dog turds count as toys...we also used to have dog sh*t fights.  We'd poke a stick into a pile of dog sh*t and flick it at our opponents.
 
 
 
Oh Lord, I got a whippin' for that.Shocked We were playing Army and I heaved a rock(pretend grenade) into the foxhole my lil brother was in. Busted his forehead open.Unhappy  
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We always lived in Navy housing growing up, so, people moved all the time. My Brothers would prowl the neighborhood looking for giant stove and fridge boxes, they brought them home and we would all build a fort, when they fell apart we would slide down a hill on them. Brick wall? no problem Big%20smile
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Does anyone remember the game "Booby Trap?" You had 3 different sized and colored pegs set it a wooden square box with a spring loaded lever. (kind of like a guillotine) If you picked out the wrong peg, the spring would snap sending the pieces flying and you were out.
 
Well.... that was dangerous enough, but my siblings and I took it one step further. "Stick your fingers in here and see if you can pull them out before I release the spring." To this day, I'm surprised I can even type.
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Originally posted by suenewtotx suenewtotx wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

We used to explode caps with magnifying glasses.  Thumbs%20Up
 
 
Thor, are caps the things that were on a red paper strip?  I remember this long red strip, which was about an inch wide, that came rolled up (like a roll of stamps).  There were little "bumps" all along the length of the strip that you could explode with various objects, such as a small rock.  I used to love that smell when it would explode.Smile
 
Me too!  we would sit on the porch or side walk and smash them with a rock...I loved that smellLOL
 
Remember the game operation with the metal tweezers?....  Better not touch the sides while taking out the funny bone or you'll get electrocutedLOL
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They were for us kids, anyway. When it snowed, we'd grab one of mum's candles and wax the rails. That made it speedier, ya know. That steering bar wasn't much help, drag a foot to steer.
Yet still ended up in ditches, sailing across a wall,  into cars.Big%20smile
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When we moved up north we couldn't afford a sled, so, we used an old piece of linoleum that we found in my Grandpa's basement. That thing went like greased owl poop!!!
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Originally posted by Tiz Tiz wrote:

 
They were for us kids, anyway. When it snowed, we'd grab one of mum's candles and wax the rails. That made it speedier, ya know. That steering bar wasn't much help, drag a foot to steer.
Yet still ended up in ditches, sailing across a wall,  into cars.Big%20smile
 
I remember when me and my bro were kids we got one of those bad boys at a goodwill. Well one day I kneeled down on it getting ready for my run down the hill and a rusty nail went into my knee. I wound up needing a tetanus shot and horsey pills.Dead
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Heh heh....

My dad was a metalsmithing/art professor at the U, and, as an artist, has a full-blown metal shop at home.
 
Everything two unsupervised teenage boys needed: acetelyne torches, drill press, belt sander, files, knives, hammers, sheets of metals, vises, soldering/welding equipment, etching acids, etc. 
 
The best, though was the time a friend managed to score some boxes of .22 bullets.  I took a nice, heavy vise out to the alley, and we used a hammer and nail to fire them down the alley.  
 
 
 
"Oh, bother", said Pooh, as he chambered another round...
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Bought mine with my paper route money. Of course, Dad took it away for a bit as punishment for not asking first.Cry
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Originally posted by Tiz Tiz wrote:

 
 
Bought mine with my paper route money. Of course, Dad took it away for a bit as punishment for not asking first.Cry
 
You'll shoot your eye out kid. 
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Really wonderful responses to this thread!  I think I was separated from some of you at birth because the toys you've mentioned were things I also played with.  The "Creepy  Crawler" set was awesome!  It made frogs and salamanders and roaches (oh my!).   My Mom actually bought me a  plastic dolly-maker along the "creepy crawler" line.  Same principle...you cooked  the plastic in the cooker in molds.  But I think less heat and more plastic was involved.   I was in my late 30's when she bought it for me!  I had a blast!   LOL  I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven but my Mom thought it was dumb.  She was teaching me how to use a real oven when I was pre-kindergarten.   But I still fantasized about baking cupcakes for my little sister and me up in my room in the middle of the night.   That contraption is still going strong and they never work properly and some have even been recalled because kids were able to stick their fingers too close the light bulb in it.  OUCH!  Shocked
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The Easy Bake Oven and The Creepy Crawlies Creature Maker teaches kids a valuable lesson. Namely hot objects will burn your stupid ass.
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My 47 year old cousin STILL has issues about the Easy Bake Oven because as a kid, she was never allowed one. When she had her own daughter, I think the kid got about 11 of them one birthday as payback!
 
A few birthdays ago, I was given a NEW set of "Rock Em Sock Em Robots". God, I love them but the sound is different when you knock the block off. It doesn't have that same WHIRRRRRRR.
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Originally posted by Madawee Madawee wrote:

My 47 year old cousin STILL has issues about the Easy Bake Oven because as a kid, she was never allowed one.
 
I have those same issues.  NOT FAIR.  I also did not have a Mr. Potatohead because my mother couldn't wrap her head around the idea that the current model did not require actual potatoes to be left rotting in the toybox.
 
My kid got one of the EasyBake's that was recalled.  She personally did not have any issues with it, but my friend (in her 40's, even has her PhD) got her hand stuck in it. 
 
We had a space trolley in our back yard when I was growing up.  ChildLife stopped making them because of a dumb lawsuit.  I really wanted to get one, last year. Angry
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...Easy-Bake Ovens, or the lack thereof, seemed to be the root of the issue for many in this thread...not to worry; know you are not alone - it remains a problem for today's youth...

 
(Here's hoping that all this chatter doesn't lead to someone trying to take themself out by sticking their head in an 'Easy Bake Oven'....)
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Pa...when I saw that article title and then viewed the pic...well...doesn't it look like someone's BOOBIE got stuck in there??!  ConfusedLOL
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How about Shrinky Dinks? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrinky_Dinks
Imagine a toy for kids that lets them use the real oven!

We used to play on this old slide fire escape that was attached to our middle school.  It was shaped like a big metal tube.  The top of the fire escape was blocked off, so you had to climb up three stories inside the tube without your shoes slipping. in order to slide down.


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