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Nix what I said. It wasn't for fun. Sorry. :oops

No worries :). Thanks all for the great comments.
#31 - September 26, 2013, 04:20 PM
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My husband is the youngest of 6, 5 of them boys. When I hear their stories when they grew up in the 70s and 80s, I'm always amazed they all made it to adulthood. The one story that sticks out in my head is dunking a tennis ball in a bucket of gasoline, starting it on fire, and batting it back and forth to each other. With the car parked in the driveway they were playing on, next to the open bucket of gasoline!
#32 - September 26, 2013, 05:54 PM

If avoid talk of explosives...

There was the gravel quarry where we rode bikes off cliffs sometimes flying for 20 feet or so into a rocky landscape.

Or the toads we collected and kept in a window well so that we had to catch cans full of bugs in order to feed them. We loved those toads.
#33 - September 26, 2013, 05:57 PM
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Some guys I knew thought it was hilarious to hold a match at their behinds and, ahem, break wind. Proof positive that flatulence is a flammable gas, I guess. Could have given new meaning to "liar, liar, pants on fire," as well.:explode

PS Oops, looks like I missed the memo on avoiding explosives. Sorry!
#34 - September 26, 2013, 06:37 PM
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Locked a girl into a porta-potty, kind of sorta, by accident. Did it as a joke, but then couldn't unlock the door. About 95 degree heat outside, hotter inside the stall. She emerged with a face about the color of a ripe tomato. Had to rat myself out on that one to get adult help. Not my finest moment. . .

Would hide behind shrubs and shine a flashlight into driver's face as he drove down the street. Stopped doing that when teen boys jumped out of a car and chased us through the neighborhood. Never. Ran. So. Hard. In All My Life.
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Yes, I agree it's probably best to avoid talk of explosives in your book, but I'm still amazed that my husband and his brothers and friends lived to tell the tale. . . .
#36 - September 26, 2013, 07:14 PM

I grew up in a new outer suburb with lots of houses still under construction. As kids, we used to trespass on construction sites when there were no builders present. We rolled around on big plastic reels used for wires, played 'hide and seek' behind stacks of bricks, dared each other to climb on half-finished structures etc.

My parents definitely wouldn't have approved. ;D
#37 - September 26, 2013, 08:03 PM
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I forgot about the apple orchard and corn field. We took apples to roll out onto the highway as cars drove by because they made cars swerve sometimes.... sometimes right at us. The danger of the cornfield was the farmer shooting at us - just rock salt but DAMN  it hurt.
#38 - September 26, 2013, 08:09 PM
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Wow! I've actually done some of those things, too!
We used to ride skateboards down the middle of the underground storm channels -- so dumb!
In high school once, we double dated and took baby dolls wrapped up to restaurants just to hear the old folks whisper and gasp about how we were way too young to have babies.  How stupid were we? Aaaack!
#39 - September 26, 2013, 09:58 PM
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Speaking of the country... ah, my cousin, younger brother and I used to go into the cow pasture and take sticks and fling manure at each other.  The idea was not to hit anyone, but to dodge and see how close we could get to actually hitting, without hitting each other.  I mean who wants to go back to the farmhouse and explain to your parents and grandmother what exactly you were doing in the cow pasture?  I recall once one of us hit my brother squarely on his white t-shirt. Big oops.  We found out what it was like to wash a shirt without soap in a creek.  There was no problem explaining why my brother was wet, he always got wet in the creek. Always.  But the three of us really scrub that t-shirt out.  :grin3
#40 - September 27, 2013, 12:27 PM
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Speaking of the country... ah, my cousin, younger brother and I used to go into the cow pasture and take sticks and fling manure at each other.

Aww, the good old prairie frisbees. I got one square in mouth one time. I would have washed it in a creek if I could have :).

Thanks all. I've had so many good laughs over these and great ideas. I really appreciate it.

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#41 - September 27, 2013, 01:57 PM
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That should have been scrubbed.

Wow, the things kids can do to come up with to have fun, never heard the term 'prairie frisbee' before - um could be because there wasn't a Frisbee when we were flinging.  :lol5
#42 - September 27, 2013, 07:00 PM
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I'm having fun reading these! I did prank calls too. The best one was when my friend and I had a pizza delivered to a mean teacher's house. He complained about it the next day at school, but never suspected who was behind it, because we were both good, quiet students. He he.
#43 - September 28, 2013, 07:46 AM

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Prank phone calls, we did a few, but when we were young we actually had a party line - I mean it the book is contemporary how many kids even know what a party line is?  Scary thing to do when someone could pick up the phone and hear what you were doing.  No caller ID back then either, now if I see a number I am not sure about, I am hesitant to answer the phone.  Yep, I screen my phone calls.  My one cousin lived in a small town where you had to go through an operator - no dials on the telephone, this was even ancient for me.  You had to listen for the number of rings to figure out if the call was for your house.  Totally archaic system.  I believe they tipped over outhouses for those people to lazy to put in real bathrooms. >snort<
#44 - September 28, 2013, 01:53 PM
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Marco Polo/ Hide-and-Seek at Wal-Mart. This was during college, but I could see high school kids who were bored doing it too.
#45 - September 28, 2013, 01:58 PM

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Has anyone mentioned the prank call where you/your friends call a person repeatedly asking for Mrs. Brown (or whatever made up name), then once the person on the other end of the line is getting confused as to why they're getting all these calls for Mrs. Brown, someone else calls up pretending to BE Mrs. Brown who wants to know if anyone has left any messages for her?

We did this a couple of times and both times the blokes who'd picked up all the calls were actually quite nice about it! Neither ever suspected it was just some silly girls with too much time on their hands.
#46 - September 28, 2013, 07:02 PM

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Grew up by the tracks--me and my pals played chicken with the trains. We'd line up on both sides, standing on the metal, and the last one to jump off won. Scared the snot out of the conductors. The horn was blaring non-stop as it approached every time. And we always scattered to the park the second the train passed because we knew if we got busted we'd get in deep ****.
#47 - September 28, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Train story - another cousin, younger brother and me story - swore we would not tell it until our parents were all dead.  Mine are very much alive and going strong.  Bad idea those trains.   :paperbag
#48 - September 29, 2013, 11:47 AM
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