18 Crazy Stories From The Days When Kids Could Run Around Unsupervised

List RulesVote up the childhood stories you can't believe these folks survived.

Childhood was different in days gone by. Technology was different. Neighborhoods were different. Parenting was different. As a result, a lot of kids were going around unsupervised and getting themselves into situations they're luckly they survived. These folks hopped on the Reddit forum r/AskReddit to answer the question: "What unsupervised childhood activities did you participate in, that probably should have killed you?" Posts have been lightly edited for language and clarity.

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    184 VOTES

    Leaping On Unsuspecting Horses

    From Redditor u/Albanian_Tea

    When I was a kid, we used to toss apples under the tree, climb the tree, and when the horses that my grandparents raised would come to eat the apples, we would leap on the horses. Most of the time, the horse would buck and take off running with a kid on its back.

    Wild child?
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    198 VOTES

    Roller Blades + Roof + Trampoline

    From Redditor u/Melrob17

    I used to rollerblade off the roof and onto the trampoline. It hurts to think about it now. I'm still shocked I never got hurt!

    Wild child?
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    152 VOTES

    While The Neighbors Slept

    From Redditor u/magicmoonflower

    Back in the old days, when folks didn’t lock doors, my dumb a** used to go in my neighbors houses and wander about while they slept. Then I’d get scared and leave. Very dangerous as a 6-year-old young lady.

    It was 1994, my parents were asleep, and I was stealthy. It was maybe the same four to five “family” houses on my block and I never got caught. I have many angels.

    Wild child?
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    142 VOTES

    Six Stories High

    From Redditor u/MikeErk67

    I grew up within the boundaries of Tufts University’s campus. At the end of my street was a campus building that was six stories high. I remember climbing to the top of the fire escape, stepping over the railing onto the slate pitched roof. I held onto the dormer and made my way on top of that roof, then I would walk up to the pitch of the roof and straddle the pitch and look out on the Boston skyline. I was under 10 years old. Well over a hundred feet up, one slip and I was sidewalk pizza. I can’t believe I survived being a latch key kid in the '80s.

    Wild child?