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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:53 am

What are some of the weird, strange, mean, or stupid stuff you did as a kid?
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Here is some of the stuff I can think of off the top of my head:

I used to try and climb to the absolute top of trees and see how fast I could get down resulting in some pretty interesting falls.

When I was about 13, me, my brother and his friend would launch water baloons at cars/people with one of those rubber band launchers from a few hundred feet away. We broke a few windows doing that....

When I was about 15 we found a hunter's tree stand and used it to climb up telephone poles and shoot out street lights.

I was about 11 and I realised that a sunblock tube would be perfect for a flame thrower, so we filled it with gas and lit the end thus destroying my moms flower garden. We got in a bunch of trouble for that...

One night my brother, our neighbor (his friend), and I snuck to a local tennis court and stole the net and used it as a platform to transfer from tree fort to tree fort. It was awesome.

My friend and I used to re-create Dukes of Hazzard car chases on our bike by setting up ramps and jumping them with our bikes.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:23 pm

I've been told I put the garden hose in a mousehole at the age of four or five. A few moments after opening the tap, a dripping mouse came shooting out of another hole. I asked my friend who was just as amazed as myself, "Want to make another animal?"
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:49 pm

Nothing physical...but I used to put my high school English teacher in tears on a daily basis. She'd assign me long sections of tests from Warner's Handbook of English as punishment..not realizing that my mom, an English teacher in another school system, had the answer key. Took me about three minutes to do...I'd always leave one answer wrong..just to make sure she was correcting it. Years later..I'm sorry I did it..
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:07 pm

Playing Pranks on Friends that even after 20 years they still think Im up to something  Smile
The best was loosening the Salt container cover  Smile

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:10 pm

Weird/strange: One day when I was about 2 or 3, my dad was supposed to be watching me, but fell asleep on the couch. I proceeded to take the stick of butter out of the fridge, rub it on the entire kitchen table, and stick paper napkins to it...

Mean: I used to hide my sister in a wooden toybox or floor-level kitchen cabinet, then either sit on it/stand in front of it while she beat on the door. Of course my parents would ask me where she was, and I'd innocently say "I don't know"...

Stupid: 2 yrs old, tried to spin the blades of a blender my parents got for Christmas... I still have the scar on my left index finger to prove it.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:26 pm

When I was 4-5, I pushed my sister (then 2-3) down the stairs of our house in Florida in a laundry basket. It flipped less than halfway down. I got in trouble for that one.

When I was 8-9 here in Arizona, I realized that as the garage door was opening, I could grab the bottom edge and it would pull me up. After about a month of that, the spring for the door broke. I said I didn't do it, but my parents knew otherwise. Got in more trouble for lying.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:36 pm

Used to turn my neighbours power off.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:09 pm

When I was about 6 I had the great idea of laying a 'telephone' line between my own house and a friends, using the old string and tin can method. Un-surprisingly it didn't work, and I can still see where I tried to dig the pavement up to lay my 'cable'!

At about the same age I ran into a bush after my football and ended up destroying a wasp's nest with my face... that hurt a lot and kind of put me off insects for a while.

Nothing too bad, not that I've actually stopped doing stupid things now by accident, or playing practical jokes with mates.


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Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:24 pm

Let's see. A few of the things I've done over the years:

-Several years ago, my cousin and I got in trouble for throwing snowballs at [moving] cars. Since my aunt was a teacher, our punishment was to write a paper on why we shouldn't throw snowballs at cars and what we learned from our little experience.

-I chipped one of my sister's front teeth when we were "sword fighting" with broom sticks.

-Took the passenger side mirror off my mom's Camry when backing out of the garage one morning on my way to school. Yea, that wasn't too good.

-Was cutting holes in cardboard boxes with my cousin's new pocketknife to run Hot Wheels track through. I was holding the knife upside down, so naturally, the knife flipped back and sliced my right index finger. Got four stiches for that one.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:37 pm

While a friend was on vacation, I installed an old air raid siren in the furnace room of his basement. I connected it through a relay to a one-minute timer that switched on at 2:00 AM of the night he got home.

Then there's connecting people's car horns to their left turn signal or headlights. I did that a lot.

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:56 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 6):
Used to turn my neighbours power off.

 rotfl  We used to do that too, except we'd do a commando raid and hit a few houses at the same time, and then bolt like hell !!! (Years later found out that my cousins, that live in another country, would do the same thing with their friends).

Tie cotton to the door knockers and hide across the street late at night. Then as they opened the door you'd let the cotton go - then do it again 10 minutes later...used to drive some of the neighbours nuts.

Fired black boot polish with slingshots at a neighbour's washing on the line, who we didn't like.

I wasn't involved in this one, but one night some friends dismantled a neighbours front fence and built a cubbyhouse with it. Strange they never invited the kids from that house to come over and play in it...LOL.

There are probably heaps of other things I can't really remember at the moment, but that is sufficient to let you know how evil I was as a kid. You wouldn't think it now.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:26 pm

Flushed the goldfish down the toilet

Threw stones at the elderly neighbours washing line to see how many stones we could get into a pair of bloomers (big pants)

Got on to the roof of the local supermarket (via a drain pipe) and bombarded the shoppers down below whilst hiding up there.

Never paid for any make - up when I was about 13, lifted it from the Chemists up the road.

Dialed 999 from the local Phonebox, gave a house number, then lay in hiding to watch the Fire Brigade turn up.

Shoved dog poo through the letter box of a hated ex friend.

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:46 pm

Quoting Femme (Reply 11):
Got on to the roof of the local supermarket (via a drain pipe) and bombarded the shoppers down below whilst hiding up there.

That reminds me of the time, about 10 years ago now, that I got banned from the local shopping center for a month for shooting spit balls at cars entering the car park from the emergency exit area for the above cinemas. Lets pretend the match bombs never happened.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:56 pm

I remember getting a pack of my father's cigarettes, and like something out of mission impossible, stuff those cigarette loads you got at the novelty shops in the individual cigarettes. I would close them up and even use the iron to re-seal the celophane.

The look on his face was worth the kick in the ass.

We also would do the proverbial brown bag of dog shit on fire on a neighbor's doorstep.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:04 pm

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Thread starter):
What are some of the weird, strange...or stupid stuff you did as a kid?

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Seriously, though, off the top of my head, I took Miss October 1984's centerfold to school (3rd grade) and got busted.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:09 pm

When I was about 12 my friend and I wanted to roller skate under the house so we put the car in neutral and slowly backed it out. Needless to say we forgot to close the car door and as we pushed it out, the door hit the brick support of the house and bent the door back! Ooops!

When I was six, my brother paid me 20cents to wash his motorcycle. At that age, I didn't realise that shoving the hose up the exhaust would cause any problems. It cost my brother much more than 20cents to get his motorcycle fixed. The exhaust pipe was thoroughly clean though!

Would throw rocks on our neighbour's tin roof.

Threw a yo yo at my older brother and chipped his tooth.

When I was 8, my older sister kept on kicking me, so I told her to do it again. Little did she realise that I had a pencil in my hands. She kicked my hand and the pencil went into her foot.
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:23 pm

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 13):
We also would do the proverbial brown bag of dog shit on fire on a neighbor's doorstep.

LOL...been there done that with the hated neighbours too, except I did hear once that the filthy kid across the road from us, NEVER used dog shit!  eyepopping 

My mother told me years ago that when I was about 2 years old, my grandmother had to get rid of her cat. I used to chase it and spray it with fly spray, (the pump action spray can fascinated me), apparently it went a bit psycho from licking the fly spray off its fur. And it also became a nervous wreck, jumping around as it walked, as it didn't know when or where I was going to jump out at it next....
 
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:30 pm

I stabbed a girl with a pencil in her hand in grade 6 or 7. She still has the lead mark and we always talk about it when we see each other.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:46 pm

WEIRD: When I was around five, I thought it was best to pray to god while using the toilet... it was like a friggin obsessive compulsive act... no idea why  rotfl 

MEAN: I used to put water and rocks in people's mailboxes when I was around 15  cry . Also, when I was around 8, my classmates convinced me that the neighbor from across my street beat her dog. I had never actually seen her, just the dog. Once, when the dog was in the garden, I opened the gate and let it run off. The lady came out- turns out she was an 80 year old lady and the dog was her seeing eye dog  Sad I helped her find it and bring it back, and she gave me a bag of candy, even after I had admitted what I had done... that just made me feel worse  Silly

STUPID: I've always been the kind of kid to just trust animals, no matter what. Not insane stuff, but things like walking over to a dog I didn¨'t know why the owners were shopping has been a very common thing for me to do. I've never been bitten.
I was promptly cured last year, when I was suddenly attacked by a rottweiler, which was tied to a lampost. The strange thing is, I was just walking past the dog- I never touched it. I still have a scar on my face and on my shoulder today.  grumpy 

Oh... and getting on horses I never trusted 100%... I'm never doing that again, and so far, only 2 horses have been able to gain my trust 100%.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:51 pm

Oh man...where do I begin? Nah, I wasn't that bad.

-A friend of mine got a hold of two barrels of hydrocloric acid (don't ask how...I don't know..). We'd pour some in a bottle and go around melting metal  Smile
-That same friend made a fireplace in our treehouse. Oddly enough, that started a brushfire (I wasn't there..)
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:55 pm

My cousin and I, when we were about 13, would tie the garbage cans together and place them at each side of the street with rope across the path of traffic...
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:58 pm

When I was around 10 we used to drink this malt beverage (similar to root beer), which made us salivate a lot. Then we'd go to the top of the building and spit at anything in motion  devil 

I used to torture my English teacher when I lived in Colombia. Poor girl barely knew anything on the language  wink 

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:20 pm

I once set fire to my paper-round bag using a magnifying glass. Apart from that i was a pretty good lad. Mainly spent my days as a kid fighting with my brother, but I did destroy a rug with my chemistry set.

Funnily enough, I became an organic chemist. I once in the lab distilled some benzyl chloride without a stabiliser, and left it next to some bromine. The explosion that night took out the lab, which had just been refurbished for £1000000. I wasn't popular at work after that!

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:33 pm

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):
-A friend of mine got a hold of two barrels of hydrocloric acid (don't ask how...I don't know..). We'd pour some in a bottle and go around melting metal
-That same friend made a fireplace in our treehouse. Oddly enough, that started a brushfire (I wasn't there..)

Relax,

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:58 pm

- Attatched rockets to a home made luge board, went down the hill and lit em off. Of course we got no push from them, but it made a great spectacle. That was the first time I was ever on fire.

- Attatched a RC aircraft engine to said luge board, used it to maintain speed when we were down the hills.
Spilled fuel + blow torch = 2nd time I was ever on fire.

- When I was real young, maybe 4 or 5 I threw a rock and dented the side of a car that was driving by. I've felt bad about that for a long time.

- Launched water balloons from my friend's backyard with a launcher. His house was atop a hill, overlooking a neighborhood, and naturally we targeted the house with workers around it. I think we hit the roof twice, the top and trunk of a car before we decided to cease and desist with our artillery barrage.

- My younger brother used to follow me around, so I told him if he followed me too long, the police would come and take him away. Oddly enough, my dad is a police officer.

- Apparently, when I was real young (1 or 2) I got hold of a spray paint can, and went down the side of my dad's 4Runner, his golf bag and lawn mower. When they came out to see what I was doing, I said "helping." (I was!)

- Took a permanent marker to my dad's slippers when I was about the same age. You might think I had some sort of vendetta against my dad.

- Went to Washington D.C. in 7th grade with my dad. I always wished I'd spent more time with him during the trip and less time with my friends. I wish I could take that one back, I'd say it was my meanest thing.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:03 am

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 23):
The Statute of Limitations has probably expired, you can tell us the truth...You were there!

Haha, it's the truth. I was actually on my way there, but got stopped by a firefighter who said I couldn't go there because of a fire. Didn't think any more of it until the next day when he told me about it Big grin
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:13 am

Worst to benign.............

While fishing with my brother we would keep the minnows caught ( instead of throwing them back ) and then put them in a small galvanized tub full of water and shoot at them with our BB/pellet air rifles.

Throw lit M-80's ( with waterproof fuses ) into the river and watch them explode under water with a muffled "BLOOF" and small water mushroom cloud. Sometimes dead fish would float to the surface.

Put bugs/insects into the small nose cones of our Estes model rockets and launch them, claiming the first insect "space travel". The bugs were usually fine when we recovered our rockets.

There used to be these small "snapper" wads that had a small amount of flint/gunpoweder ( maybe they're still sold at novelty shops today ) that would make a small crack/pop when you threw them at a hard surface or crushed them. Well just tossing them got boring, so we would booby-trap the toilet seats by resting them between the toilet seat bumpers and toilet of ours and our friends houses. When unsupecting family members sat on the seat.........Well, talk about a surprise!

Placing a black rubber band around the trigger handle of the kitchen sink rinser nozzle ( the kind that coils out of the sink on a retractable hose ) and facing said nozzle at into direction of hapless kitchen sink water turner-onner. One could only pull that off one time.

Never tied this but my cousin did: Remember the 'Water Pic' teeth cleaners? He filled the reservior with ice water and plugged it into the outlet controlled by the bathroom light switch, giving the person entering the dark bathroom a shower when they turned the light on.
 
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:16 am

Quoting NKP S2 (Reply 26):
Throw lit M-80's ( with waterproof fuses ) into the river and watch them explode under water with a muffled "BLOOF" and small water mushroom cloud. Sometimes dead fish would float to the surface.

We did this too, with waterproof fire crackers Big grin
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:32 am

I have to say, that some of these have got me in absolute stitches. This has to be one of the funniest threads I've ever read on Anet...

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Thread starter):
When I was about 13, me, my brother and his friend would launch water baloons at cars/people with one of those rubber band launchers from a few hundred feet away. We broke a few windows doing that....

Ah, I have done something similar. At my friend's lakehouse we used to take the garden hose and hide in some bushes. When a car would pass on the highway we would unkink it and spray at the car. We stopped when one of the cars we sprayed had a window open... the driver slammed on the brakes and went into a small ditch.

Admittedly, that wasn't that long ago...

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 19):
A friend of mine got a hold of two barrels of hydrocloric acid (don't ask how...I don't know..).

 rotfl 

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 9):
While a friend was on vacation, I installed an old air raid siren in the furnace room of his basement. I connected it through a relay to a one-minute timer that switched on at 2:00 AM of the night he got home.

Sheer brilliance...

Quoting FlashFlyGuy (Reply 16):
My mother told me years ago that when I was about 2 years old, my grandmother had to get rid of her cat. I used to chase it and spray it with fly spray, (the pump action spray can fascinated me), apparently it went a bit psycho from licking the fly spray off its fur. And it also became a nervous wreck, jumping around as it walked, as it didn't know when or where I was going to jump out at it next....

That is so horrible... yet soooo funny!  rotfl 
 
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:51 am

I'd better not talk publicly about some of what I did as a kid. The Statute of Limitations has probably not expired on some of it!
 
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:59 am

Quoting Queso (Reply 29):
I'd better not talk publicly about some of what I did as a kid. The Statute of Limitations has probably not expired on some of it!

Aw come on! Big grin
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:02 am

When I was 10 years old, I took a new propane torch, turned it on, and placed an empty steel garbage can over it upside-down. After ten minutes, I lobbed a lit sparkler at it. The propane exploded and blew the can 30 feet in the air, landing on my dad's car. The whole neighborhood came out to see what happened. No hiding from that one.

I was like a little Bart Simpson. In some ways, I still am. I have a million stories.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:10 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 31):
When I was 10 years old, I took a new propane torch, turned it on, and placed an empty steel garbage can over it upside-down. After ten minutes, I lobbed a lit sparkler at it. The propane exploded and blew the can 30 feet in the air, landing on my dad's car. The whole neighborhood came out to see what happened. No hiding from that one.

I was like a little Bart Simpson. In some ways, I still am. I have a million stories.

I remember getting a plastic gallon milk jug, getting a welding torch, grounding out the flame, fill the jug with the gas mixture, cap it place it in a paper bag and run like hell. The KABOOM was incredible. The neighbors became irate though. I wonder why?
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:12 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 31):
The propane exploded and blew the can 30 feet in the air, landing on my dad's car. The whole neighborhood came out to see what happened. No hiding from that one.

Your dad happy with you after that one?  Smile
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:18 am

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 33):
Your dad happy with you after that one?

Nothing surprised him by that point.

One day, he came home from work to find that my brother and I had dug a five-foot-deep by three-foot-wide hole in the middle of our gravel driveway.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:20 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 34):
One day, he came home from work to find that my brother and I had dug a five-foot-deep by three-foot-wide hole in the middle of our gravel driveway

The begining of an ack-ack battery to repel the Stukas?
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:23 am

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 35):
The begining of an ack-ack battery to repel the Stukas?

Nope. Fallout shelter.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:28 am

One day in 1971, my brother was using a can of black spray paint to paint his bicycle. I thought it was a good time to do a little target practice with my BB gun. Somehow, I hit the can on the first shot. His hands and arms were black for two weeks.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:29 am

Family is in the Caravan business, i always used to wait untill we were going away somewhere and when we got to a site, turn the LPG (Gas) off and hide the bottles under the Caravan.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:51 am

My Dad was the absolute king of things like this and he could tell me stories for days about the kinds of harmless pranks he did as a child. Here is just the tip of the iceberg!

-Before teachers arrived in his classrooms in the mornings he'd turn all the heaters off and would then cut rubber bands into strips and would drop them in the gaps in the radiator so they sat on the heating element. The classroom would get cold and the teacher would then turn the radiators onto full blast. The rubber bands would burn and create nasty black smoke resulting in class being evacuated from the room.

-He'd remove the chalk from the classroom at the end of the evening and soak it in saturated sugar solution overnight. Then replace the chalk in the container the following morning. When the teachers went to use the chalk it would just make a horrible squeaking sound on the board and not write a word  biggrin 

-He grew up near Sandhurst and would go out onto the common when the guys were training there. He said that often they'd hide in the bushes and someone would run past laying wires for a field telephone. He and his friends would wait until the guy was 100yrds past them and leap out snipping a gap in the telephone wire. They'd follow behind the guy gathering up all his wire waiting for him to set up the field telephone. Then they'd leap in the bushes or climb a tree and wait for the guy to try and make his telephone work  biggrin  The guy would give up and follow the line of wire about 300ft before coming across an end to his wire!

-We used to live in a fairly small village and a group of families had arranged to celebrate the Millenium Eve together with my father in charge of the fireworks. We had been to the fireworks store a couple of days previous and purchased about a dozen of the largest legal fireworks for sale in the European Union. One night we could hear some neighbours a couple of minutes walk away were letting off some of the 'pissy little fireworks' as we called them. The kind you'd buy to please young children/not scare the dogs etc. My father decided it'd be fun to give one of these enormous rockets a test run. We got a length of drainpipe and planted it in the garden aiming it down in the rough direction of the house with the cheesy fireworks. The rocket was lit and you could see the drainpipe shaking as 'Apollo 11' ( Wink) was about the head for the skies....or not. We were hoping the weight of the stick would mean it'd fly at the angle we'd set the drainpipe at (about 30 degrees) for a short distance and then climb to a respectable altitude. Well the trail of sparks indicated it didn't get much more than about 50ft off the ground before exploding and my god it was loud. We lived about 4 miles from an escarpment and clear as day we heard it echo off the thing. We ran inside almost laughing it about it when my Dad was down the local pub a few days later with some friends. The table next to them one of the 'new' neighbours was talking about 'the bastard that let off that firework last Saturday. My young kids were crying, the wife was screaming, the dog was going berserk and all my china rattled like it was the Blitz'.... rotfl 

Most of my pranks were fairly harmless. I'll see if I can remember any and post later on.

Quoting Femme (Reply 11):
Never paid for any make - up when I was about 13, lifted it from the Chemists up the road.

Dialed 999 from the local Phonebox, gave a house number, then lay in hiding to watch the Fire Brigade turn up.

I know this thread is supposed to champion the harmless (amongst other) things we did as youngsters but these two get a real  thumbsdown  from me....
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RE: Strange/Stupid/Mean Stuff You Did As A Kid...

Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:14 am

--When I was 5, I hit my neighbour on the back with a hammer.....needless to say we never spoke again.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 8):
-I chipped one of my sister's front teeth when we were "sword fighting" with broom sticks.

--Thanks for reminding me, myself and two others (including the brother of the person I hit with a hammer) were playing Gladiators when we were around 7/8.

I had a yard brush, another person had a metal baseball bat and the other person had a cushion (as a shield) and a teaspoon (he had seen it on TV that a teaspoon could be used effectively as an instrument of pain...he later found out that you shouldn't believe everything you hear on TV , especially when up against a baseball bat and a yardbrush ).

I then smashed the brush into the baseball bat holders' face and nearly broke his nose. He ran home roaring crying. I shat myself, and teaspoon man pissed himself laughing. Great day had by all! 

--I also pushed my sister into a pond at my Aunt's house. That was just funny though.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:38 am

A friend's parents had an apartment at a high-rise on the beach. We lit and counted off a couple of seconds before we dropped two cherry bombs down the trash chute. The roar was enormous.

Cherry bombs flushed down the toilets do wonders as well...
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:22 am

Last 4th of July me and some buddies had a bunch of mortars. Naturally, we decided not to launch them normally. We stuck one down the pole of a chain link fence. It got stuck and blew up in the tube. After that, we thought it would be a good idea to stick the mortar tube thru the fence and point it into this large oil filled pit. It hit the ground, bounced into the pit and exploded. The oil caught on fire so we got the hell out of there.

Another time me and some friends were walking down an old railroad siding to cut between 2 streets. I came upon a box marked up and down with 2 buttons in it. I pressed it and all of the sudden the gates and lights and such were going off at the crossing. It took an hour IIRC for someone to come out and reset the system.

Then there was the rocket car that I did a few years ago, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsxToI-c8a8
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:55 am

I painted 2 of those plastic blocks that look like wood in children's workshop play sets. I thought they were real wood and decided to play carpenter and decorate them with real spray paint. It was EVERYWHERE.

2 years ago, this guy i really hated was a pothead and I decided to really get him back for being a jerk to me. I rolled up 2 oregano (the spice) joints and replaced them with his real weed j's. I watched him light up the fake one and he was coughing for an hour. LOL what did with the real joints... i don't remember.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:01 am

Quoting NKP S2 (Reply 26):
There used to be these small "snapper" wads that had a small amount of flint/gunpoweder ( maybe they're still sold at novelty shops today ) that would make a small crack/pop when you threw them at a hard surface or crushed them. Well just tossing them got boring, so we would booby-trap the toilet seats by resting them between the toilet seat bumpers and toilet of ours and our friends houses. When unsupecting family members sat on the seat.........Well, talk about a surprise!

http://www.ct.gov/dps/lib/dps/office...e_marshal_files/images/fwvend2.jpg (on the far right)

Oh ya! We used to use those at camp. We'd put them in people's shoes and when they'd go to put them on at night they'd step into the shoe and BANG! We also used to throw a handful into someone else's cabin and then RUN LIKE HELL!
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:08 am

When I was 17 yrs old and a senior in high school, I went on a trip with the music department (band, chorus, and orchestra.) We were at dinner at a nicely appointed restaurant that had a wall entirely covered with a mirror. The other young ladies at the table with me started joking that it might be a two-way mirror (one which is mirrored to one side and transparent to the other, like what is used in an interrogation room in a police station.)

Well, we decided this was too much to pass up for a practical joke. We got our waiter (who was serving almost all of the other students in this section) in on the joke, asking him to tell anyone who asked that it was indeed a two-way mirror (he informed us that it was not when we asked.) We then passed around the rumour that it was a two-way mirror, and hilarity ensued.

Of all the antics performed in front of the mirror, I particularly liked the moonwalk and the guy who performed a hand-stand backwards against the mirror (butt against the surface.)

Once we were out of the restaurant, I went to each of the three busses and informed everyone of the joke.
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RE: Strange/Stupid/Mean Stuff You Did As A Kid...

Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:11 am

Strange: Can't remember

Mean: I've got a very selective memory but I believe my sister has some stories.

Stupid: Running across the N/S runway at Fornebu to reach a pile of large rocks left over from the construction of the E/W runway. Hiding in this rock-pile which was no farther than 10-15 m from the runway (no taxiway yet),was the ultimate rush for this 13 year old when a Caravelle or a 4-engine prop. transport took off or landed. biggrin 

Apart from that I rode my bike without a helmet, played soccer without shin-protectors, went for boat-trips without a PFD etc.

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RE: Strange/Stupid/Mean Stuff You Did As A Kid...

Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:33 am

I'm still a kid.

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