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Pretty funny and a lot of it is very true.

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids
in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived because...

our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was
promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent
'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars with no
seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the
same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with
sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside
playing.

A coke was a coke - we didn't care if it was diet or caffeine free or fully
loaded. We didn't know what caffeine was, nor cared, and coffee came with
milk and sugar or strong and black - that's it.

We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one
actually died from this. We would spend hours building go-carts out of
scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the
brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve
the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we
were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no
personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt!

We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits.

We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.
We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners
catching us.

We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school;
we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round
the corner. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. The idea of
a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of...They actually
sided with the law.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of
innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
And you're one of them. Congratulations!

Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids, before
lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good!

For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read about
us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile
on your face:

The majority of students in universities today were born in 1986........They
are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the
Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.
They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda
Carlisle.

For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.

CD's have existed since they were born.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine
how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from
last year.

They can never imagine life before computers.

They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the Famous
Five.

They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they will
never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.

Now let's check if we're getting old...
1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with
computers.
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around.
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good Old days,
repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together.
8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other
friends because you think they will like it too...

Yes, you're getting old!!
 



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zukman

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lol
I can remember all that and more!
like when the first transister radio arrived!
or like when a DC3 was the biggest plane you ever saw.(it was huge!!!)
when common toys were yo-yo's, hula hoops, and good old card board boxes.
I remember when skateboards were hand made from your sisters steel wheeled roller skates (boy was she mad!)
when being a Boy Scout was an honor and a right of passage
we built our own kites as kits didn't exist (some of which exceeded 10 feet in height!) and flew 5,000 feet easy.

and so much more....
we built our own soap box derby cars, out of scraps we found lying around, which sometimes included the corner stores shopping cart wheels :)
 






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lol

we built our own soap box derby cars, out of scraps we found lying around, which sometimes included the corner stores shopping cart wheels :)

I always had a hard time trying to mount those wheels on some kind of axle and then mount that to an old wooden ironing board. Generally just used rope tied to ends of that axle for steering.
 






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The old cars didn't have seat belts. Some only had in the front, and not in the back. I remember sitting in the back of my Grandfather's Torino when I was a kid. I didn't have a seatbelt on. There was no car seat or booster seat. I have a relative that won't let her 8 year old ride in a car unless he has a booster seat.

How many people get distressed when they leave the house without their cell phone?

Another thing that should be included is a credit card. Nobody carries cash anymore. Some places like Home Depot have a quick check out. One Home Depot I was in didn't have anybody at the register, so the only way to get out is to use a credit card with the quick check out.

There was no GPS back then. You had to learn to look things up on a map, stop in a gas station for directions, or look for a pay phone (some people don't know what a pay phone is anymore).

As for toys. Most toys were very basic such as Lincoln Logs, Play Doh, Slinky, or an erector set. They didn't have computerized Lego.

A cashier had to know how to work a cash register. They didn't have a bar code system.
 






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I just would like to know what is with today's kids and all their food allergies? I swear most of my daughter's friends are allergic to something. When I was a kid NOBODY was allergic to food. (I was born in 1972)

And as for car seats, my friends and I sat in the back of my dad's station wagon all the time, or the wheel well humps of his work van. And we rode in the back of pickup trucks.

And while we are on the subject of car seats... WHY DOESN'T THE SCHOOL BUS HAVE ANY?
 






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In 1989, I drove a school bus, and it had seat belts, but no car seats. The kids never wore the seat belts anyway. They didn't even sit on the seats. I'm sure that if they had car seats, the kids would have thrown them out the window just like their school books.
 






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I was born in the very early 91 and a lot of that stuff was still true then, we were always outside doing stupid stuff, not till I got to be a teenager did all of the technology really seem to be there and when we actually started playing video games.
 






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