People Over 30 Should Be Dead

  1. Here's why ..

    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, .. and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we earned to solve the problem.

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on.

    No one was able to reach us all day. NO CELL PHONES!!! Unthinkable!

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms!

    We had friends! We went outside and found them.

    We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

    We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. they were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

    Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!

    Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

    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! Congratulations!
    Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Jul 10, '04
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nursebedlam
    wow that certainly brought back some memories.
  4. by   DC2RN
    Whenever I get behind an old car, I catch a whiff of the exhaust, and it reminds me of the way exhaust used to smell before catalytic converters. That is a flood of nostalgia. Can you believe that they actually used to put LEAD in gasoline? When the car companies first put seat belts in cars, people believed that the car companies were admitting that the cars were unsafe.

    We have made our lives so much safer, and that is great. But in the process, we have given up all sense of personal responsibility. They simply don't make people as tough as they used to.

    Great post!
  5. by   suzy253
    aint that the truth!!! Many many memories there. and we turned out OK....right???
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    I probably shouldn't admit this to you younger
    readers, but when my generation was your age, we
    did some pretty stupid things. I'm talking about
    taking CRAZY risks. We drank water right from the
    tap. We used aspirin bottles that you could
    actually open with your bare hands. We bought
    appliances that were not festooned with helpful
    safety warnings such as, "DO NOT BATHE WITH THIS
    But for sheer insanity, the wildest thing we
    did was -- prepare to be shocked -- we
    deliberately ingested carbohydrates.
    I know, I know. It was wrong. But we were
    young and foolish, and there was a lot of peer
    pressure. You'd be at a party, and there would
    be a lava lamp blooping away, and a Jimi Hendrix
    record playing (a "record" was a primitive
    compact disc that operated by static
    electricity). And then, when the mood was right,
    somebody would say: "You wanna do some 'drates?"
    And the next thing you know, there'd be a bowl of
    pretzels going around, or crackers, or even
    potato chips, and we'd put these things into our
    mouths and just...EAT them.
    I'm not proud of this. My only excuse was
    that we were ignorant. It's not like now, when
    everybody knows how bad carbohydrates are, and
    virtually every product is advertised as
    being "low-carb," including beer, denture
    adhesives, floor wax, tires, life insurance and
    Back then, we had no idea. Nobody did! Our
    own MOTHERS gave us bread!
    Today, of course, nobody eats bread. People
    are terrified of all carbohydrates, as evidenced
    by the recent mass robbery at a midtown Manhattan
    restaurant, where 87 patrons turned their wallets
    over to a man armed only with a strand of No. 8
    spaghetti. ("Do what he says! He has pasta!")
    The city of Beverly Hills has been evacuated
    twice this month because of reports -- false,
    thank heavens -- that terrorists had put a bagel
    in the water supply.
    But as I say, in the old days we didn't
    recognize the danger of carbohydrates. We
    believed that the reason you got fat was from
    eating "calories," which are tiny units of
    measurement that cause food to taste good. When
    we wanted to lose weight, we went on low-calorie
    diets in which we ate only inedible foods such as
    celery, which is actually a building material,
    and grapefruit, which is nutritious but offers the
    same level of culinary satisfaction as chewing on
    an Odor Eater.
    The problem with the low-calorie diet was that
    a normal human could stick to it for, at most,
    four hours, at which point he or she would have
    no biological choice but to sneak out to the
    garage and snork down an entire bag of Snickers,
    sometimes without removing the wrappers. So
    nobody lost weight, and everybody felt guilty all
    the time. Many people, in desperation turned to
    But then along came the bold food pioneer who
    invented the Atkins Diet: Dr. Something Atkins.
    After decades of research on nutrition and weight
    gain -- including the now-famous Hostess Ding
    Dong Diet Experiment, which resulted in a
    laboratory rat the size of a minivan --
    Dr. Atkins discovered an amazing thing:
    Calories don't matter! What matter are
    Dr. Atkins' discovery meant that --
    incredible though it seemed -- as long as you
    avoided carbohydrates, you could, without guilt,
    eat high-fat, high-calorie foods such as cheese,
    bacon, lard, pork rinds and whale. You could eat
    an entire pig, as long as the pig had not
    recently been exposed to bread.
    At first, like other groundbreaking pioneers
    such as Galileo and Eminem, Dr. Atkins met with
    skepticism, even hostility. The low- calorie
    foods industry went after him big time. The
    Celery Growers Association hired a detective to --
    yes -- stalk him. His car tires were repeatedly
    slashed by what police determined to be shards of
    Melba toast.
    But Dr. Atkins persisted, because he had a
    dream -- a dream that, someday, he would help the
    human race by selling it 427 million diet books.
    And he did, achieving vindication for his diet
    before his tragic demise in an incident that the
    autopsy report listed as "totally unrelated to
    the undigested 28-pound bacon cheeseburger found
    in his stomach."
    But the Atkins Diet lives on, helping millions
    of Americans to lose weight. The irony is, you
    can't tell this by looking at actual Americans,
    who have, as a group, become so heavy that North
    America will soon be underwater as far inland as
    Denver. Which can only mean one thing: You people
    are still sneaking Snickers. You should be
    ashamed of yourselves! Got any more?
  7. by   Saved_by_Grace
    It's the end of the world as we know it..*sigh....ok I'm not 30 yet but close and can relate to many of the points....
  8. by   canoehead
    I did ALL that stuff, plus, I can remmeber a time when if your friend's mom caught you doing something it was twice as bad because you got punished TWICE, and the public humiliation of knowing they were going to talk about you to all the other moms at the next coffee clatch.

    I almost started yelling at a kid for running in front of my car without looking, but then remmbered that I would likely get in more trouble for yelling at him than he would for nearly getting killed.
  9. by   Angela Mac
    LOL loved it. 5 star rating in my book.
  10. by   loriann
    Lots of memories for me...and maybe some reminders to us on how to let our children be, and maybe encourage them to be.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from loriann
    Lots of memories for me...and maybe some reminders to us on how to let our children be, and maybe encourage them to be.
  12. by   danaRN2b
    I made the comment to my friend recently--we're both 28--while we driving in the minivan with her twins and my four children: "Do you realize that our parents let us drive? I mean, we were teenagers and they let us just drive off for hours at a time in a car. What were they thinking?"
  13. by   karenG
    I remember being told that if i swallowed an apple pip, a tree would grow inside me. I'm still waiting!!

  14. by   JUSTYSMOM
    Ok- I am 37 (almost 38)

    We also had playgrounds made out of metal. We had metal (HOT) slides, metal monkey bars, metal see saws, metal swings...and the best part of it all? The ground was either dirt or made out of concrete! We never had plastic, mulch, tire trimmings, soft mats, or anything spongy to deflect our falls. We all survived! Nothing like good cuts and bruises from a day at the playground.