• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • Bear Bibeault
  • Paul Clapham
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
Sheriffs:
  • Junilu Lacar
  • Knute Snortum
  • Henry Wong
Saloon Keepers:
  • Ron McLeod
  • Tim Moores
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Tim Holloway
  • Carey Brown
Bartenders:
  • Frits Walraven
  • Joe Ess
  • salvin francis

For those who grew up in the 70's or earlier...

 
Sheriff
Posts: 6450
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I stumbled across this site calle retroCRUSH which has some hilarious takes on pop culture from our childhood.
Among the gems the site has to offer are some pretty funny essays about the most gruesome toy ever, great TV fathers, underoos (admit it, you had some), bad halloween costumes, the top 100 monsters, the sickest kids book ever (okay, so it's a bit past our time), the tope ten toys of the 70's, and my favorite, deadly playgrounds.
Kids today have it too easy. They aren't even allowed to hurl those red rubber balls at each other's head on the playround anymore, or participate in similar "survival of the fittest games" (see the dodgeball dillema).
Yeah and I used to have to walk five miles to school too... uphill... both ways... in the snow.
[ July 14, 2002: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 2823
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
You had it lucky.
I had to get up a half an hour before I went to bed ....

Sorry thought this was a Monty Python skit.
 
Jason Menard
Sheriff
Posts: 6450
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Looking back at the article, the dodgeball dilemma, reminded me of some of the games we used to play in school when I was a kid that I'm sure must be outlawed by now.
Most of the outside play area in my elementary school was pavement. Being in New England, we used to get a decent amount of snow in the winter. The snow plows would come in and clear away some of the snow, leaving it piled into large mounds of compacted snow and ice, that seemed pretty high to a grade school kid.
The gladitorial event that we used those snow/ice piles for was called "King of the Hill". The concept was very simple - try to get to the top and stay up there as long as you could by pushing other kids who were on the top or who were coming up the hill off of it. It was even better when you could take down a few kids at once by pushing one of them into the helpless ones trying to climb the mound, sending them screaming down to the bottom in a jumbled mass of arms, legs, snow, and ice.
For the warmer months, we had a version of dodgeball we played that we called "murder ball". All the kids but one would line up against the wall of the school. The other kid would hurl the ball at them as hard as he could. If they got hit, they were out. If they caught it though, they changed places with the one who was doing the throwing. Like, the article stated, I think there were "no headhunting" rules, but there was no penalty for the "accidental" wild shot that smacked some kid in the face.
The king of the school playground games though was kickball. I'm sure most of you played it, but for those who didn't, it was pretty much like baseball except the pitcher bowled a red rubber "four-square" ball towards home plate where the "batter" would kick it. The rest of the rules were pretty much the same as baseball with the added bonus that you get a runner out by hitting him with the ball when he was between bases. There were no "no headhunting" rules with this one. Also, you would frequently get the kid who would try to jump over the throw only to be hit in the legs while he was in midair, sending him crashing helplessly to the hard pavement.
Yep, those were the days.
[ July 14, 2002: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]
 
High Plains Drifter
Posts: 7292
Netbeans IDE VI Editor
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We lived in a shoebox at the bottom of a lake.
 
Michael Ernest
High Plains Drifter
Posts: 7292
Netbeans IDE VI Editor
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Originally posted by Jason Menard:

For the warmer months, we had a version of dodgeball we played that we called "murder ball".


Murder ball. Jeez. No wonder so many of your generation in New England survived.
Out here in the land of fruits and nuts, we had "smear the queer." Think of this game as one running back on a team all by himself. On the other team is everyone else with permission to make you give up the ball.
We also had leg wrestling: two kids on the monkey bars locking legs to pull the other down. Lot o' bloody elbows in that one.
Kickball seems to have been a national pastime, along with the same conditions. Where I lived, if you left your feet trying to run home, you got what you deserved.
We had prisonball, which is like murder ball except you get thrown at from both sides. We used a volleyball court. Your prisoners were behind the service line, your enemy in front of you. Actually a pretty interesting game given the "friendly fire" factor. If you hit someone, they were a prisoner, but if they managed to catch the ball, the thrower was. I was fairly quick in that game, so in one year the game usually didn't end before somebody (anybody) managed to peg me.
I managed to dislocate both thumbs in that game, trying to catch rockets from some of the big kids.
Probably those games shouldn't come back. I still have a lot of ill will toward some of the meaner kids. I'd wear shorts to any one of their funerals. And I'm pretty sure I wasn't born that mean.
 
Leverager of our synergies
Posts: 10065
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I am full of anticipation for Shura's avdent to this thread.
"First, let me introduce you to game landscape of post-soviet russia... "
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 3244
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
smear the queer was a good one - I can't remember the real name of it though, there was another name for the game....
We also played 'running bases' alot, it might be midwest thing. Basically it is two guys playing catch (each one on a base, read that as sidewalk square) with a base runner in betwwen them. The base runner has to get from one base to the other without being tagged out. Lot of knots on the backs of heads in that game.
'Kick the can' was always fun too, but you couldn't play that one unitl it started to get dark.
 
Marshal
Posts: 67335
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I loved kickball as kid growing up in New England. It was the only "sport" that required no athletic ability whatsoever.
On one of the other retro themes: I can't believe that the invisible Monster From The Id from Forbidden Planet didn't make the Top 100 Monsters of all Time. I had nightmares about that one for years!
bear
 
Michael Ernest
High Plains Drifter
Posts: 7292
Netbeans IDE VI Editor
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Originally posted by Dave Vick:

We also played 'running bases' alot, it might be midwest thing. Basically it is two guys playing catch (each one on a base, read that as sidewalk square) with a base runner in betwwen them. The base runner has to get from one base to the other without being tagged out. Lot of knots on the backs of heads in that game.


We called that game 'pickle.' For us it was mostly a baseball drill or what you did after the ball game broke down. Also very interesting game when it got dark.
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 18944
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That retrocrush site is on my company's banned list
 
Jason Menard
Sheriff
Posts: 6450
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
On one of the other retro themes: I can't believe that the invisible Monster From The Id from Forbidden Planet didn't make the Top 100 Monsters of all Time. I had nightmares about that one for years!
bear


I guess there are many other good ones that are equally deserving of being on that list. I thought the Sleestaks (Land of the Lost) were a great addition, as well as the Flying Monkeys from Wizard of Oz.
 
Jason Menard
Sheriff
Posts: 6450
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
We called that game 'pickle.' For us it was mostly a baseball drill or what you did after the ball game broke down. Also very interesting game when it got dark.


Oh yeah! I remember that one. We generally played that one with a baseball too, but as I remember there was a variant using the kickball where you could simply throw it at the guy.

We also had leg wrestling: two kids on the monkey bars locking legs to pull the other down.


That one sounds like it would have been fun. Unfortunately there wasn't a single piece of deadly playground equipment to be found anywhere in our schoolyard. It was mostly a paved lot with a couple of sets of kickball bases spraypainted on the pavement, although we also had a couple of dirt lots (for two more kickball fields) and a couple of sparsely wooded areas (tag, horse, and the like). As I remember it, we had enough room to get four games of kickball going at once.

We had prisonball, which is like murder ball except you get thrown at from both sides. We used a volleyball court.


That's right, I remember that one. So if I remember correctly, the variants we had were:
  • Dodgeball - Two teams on either side of a line throwing balls at the other team. More than one ball in play at a time usually.
  • Murderball - Throwing the ball at kids lined up against a wall.
  • Prisonball - As described above.


  • There were always those occasions when the red "kickballs" weren't available for some reason and we would have to resort to volleyballs or something. The extra pain factor gave more incentive not to get hit I guess.
    [ July 15, 2002: Message edited by: Jason Menard ]
 
Michael Ernest
High Plains Drifter
Posts: 7292
Netbeans IDE VI Editor
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Tetherball is around still, and it doesn't seem to have changed much. Another good game for establishing the pecking order.
 
I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed - shakespear. Unarmed tiny ad:
Java file APIs (DOC, XLS, PDF, and many more)
https://products.aspose.com/total/java
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!