If you were born before 1986 - read on

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  1. Darfion

    Darfion Soapbox guru...

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    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

    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.

    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

    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 had friends - we went outside and found them.

    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 lawsuits.

    We had full on fistfights 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.


    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.

    AIDS has existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were

    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

    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

    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, 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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  2. Arch

    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
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    oh no......its true, all my friends would find it amusing! crap, i'm getting old.
    Good read Darfion :)
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  3. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Jan 29, 2005
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    Definitely all true. Especially going to school or a friends house on a bicycle or on foot.

  4. anicole

    anicole TPF Noob!

    Jun 29, 2005
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    Where's my cane? Where's my Geritol? Where's my Toddy?

    As a baby, my mom put me in a laundry basket to ride in the car ...

    AND ... my dad told me that if I ever got tossed in jail ... expect to spend the night. If I was stupid enough to pull a stunt to get hauled in, I was d*nm sure gonna spend the night.
  5. danalec99

    danalec99 TPF Noob!

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  6. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've seen this before and it still cracks me up. It's a good 'un! :lol:

    And I feel blessed to having lived through what now passes for the simpler times, cause back then it sure didn't seem that way. ;)

    Pass the Geritol, anicole..... :eek:ldman:
  7. clarinetJWD

    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    Whew...I just beat the deadline.
  8. aprilraven

    aprilraven TPF Noob!

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    geritol??? where is the viagra.... i'm looking for a hot dude over the birthyear of 86.....come on down! your the next contestant on
    "the witch is right!!"

    these so fit... good read!
  9. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental We're supposed to post photos?

    Nov 8, 2004
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    Where am I now?
    I still have my old ration card somewhere....
  10. photogoddess

    photogoddess TPF Noob!

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    Malachite and I were just talking a few days ago about how we shouldn't even be alive according to the "experts". As kids we rode in the back of pick up trucks, played with fireworks (the real ones), explored the neighborhood, crashed our bikes without having a helmet on, no knee pads & elbow pads or helmets when riding our skateboards. As a teen, I even rode motorcycles without a helmet. No helmet law back then. Damn I'm feeling old. **sigh**
  11. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."

    But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'.
  12. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Jan 29, 2005
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    And you still got change from half a crown. Don't know they're born these youngsters today. ZZZzzzzzzzzz


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