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Stupid Kid Tricks

I commented on this post over at Shakesville's Question of the Day:
What monumentally stupid thing did you do as a child that you're now surprised to have come through unscathed?
Here's my comment:

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned swings yet. I was a swinging dare-devil.

For anyone who ever saw the old Nickelodeon short cartoon "Inside-out Boy," I was convinced that if I got enough momentum, I could go right over the bar (although I was fairly certain I wouldn't get turned inside-out, that would just be an unexpected bonus).
While such attempts were unsuccessful, they led to an even more exciting habit: jumping contests for both distance and height. My mom got mad every time I came home with another shirt that got torn on the chain of the swings, I was mad that it ruined my release, thus costing me precious inches on my jump.

I also developed some entertaining swing tricks: The Tarzan, in which I'd jump off the seat, grab one of the chains, and swing back and forth until the momentum ran out. And another favorite which I never managed to name (but still scares friends when I do it now), but I'd straighten out at the peak of the backswing and keep stiff through the arc, so I looked straight at the ground (and my head came just inches from smacking into the ground) then the chain would slack, because my weight wouldn't shift, and snap me back up. This went seamlessly into the backflip, when I'd let my legs fall back and effortlessly (once I got the timing right) dismount the swing flat on my feet.

What crazy things did you do as a kid?



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Dec. 3rd, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I wish I could enjoy swings like this again. Had to smile when I read your entry, because I used to frighten/anger my mom by launching myself from the swing in mid-arc all the time. Used to swing all the time, but now...for some reason if I swing for longer than a few minutes, I get nauseous. No fair.

I'll have to commandeer this question for my next entry. Just will have to think of a good answer to it first.

Rage more, Mary Brave, rage more.
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
When I was in elementary school we would play Lava Tag. Anything involving stairs and having your eyes shut is just asking for trouble. Even worse, the play equipment that my school had was multi-level and had an assortment of monkey bars near and on it. Taking a running leap from 15 feet up and just praying that you jump far enough to grab the monkey bars might not be sane.
Dec. 20th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
You've made me start to miss swinging terribly!
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