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

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Vote 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.

  • 1
    297 VOTES

    Before Paintball

    From Redditor u/time2downshift

    Before paintball, we only had BB guns to shoot at one another. Needless to say, there weren’t any fancy face masks or other protective gear.

    From Redditor u/bagpiper

    Forty years later, my parents were finally told the story of me using a pocket knife to remove the BB embedded in my kid brothers butt cheek.

    297 votes
  • 2
    305 VOTES

    Tree Riding

    From Redditor u/Babydontcomeback

    Tree riding. Climb a tree and have your friends cut it down. We would have contests to see who would climb the highest. I won more than once. I cannot fathom how I nor anyone else was not seriously hurt, never mind killed.

    305 votes
  • 3
    324 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!

    324 votes
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    247 VOTES

    Tarzan Swing Over The Ravine

    From Redditor u/GeneralLoofah

    I used to have free reign in the woods behind the base housing at Fort Bragg. My friends and I would ride our bikes through the woods for hours in the summer at the tender age of 7 like it wasn’t a big deal. I’d never let my 7-year-old wander around the woods like that nowadays. One day, we found a vine that was dangling next to a ravine and did a Tarzan swing across it. It was probably a good 30-foot drop to the bottom of a pit filled with jagged rock and dubious puddles of ick. I wasn’t supposed to show my parents, but I did one day and they freaked out and cut it down. My friends were mad at me for like a minute until they all agreed it was indeed incredibly dangerous and for the best. Perhaps the most logical conclusion I have ever seen kids come to in my life.

    247 votes
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    303 VOTES

    Brake Fluid And Chlorine

    From Redditor u/Narcslayer714

    My greatest discovery at around 12 years old was finding out brake fluid and chlorine for the pool combust when mixed. Soon, my friends and I were doing all kinds of crazy [stuff] with the mixture. The best was driving a pipe into the ground a few feet long and putting the chlorine and brake fluid in there and watching the dragon fire shoot out the pipe. It's not an immediate reaction, kind of a slow burn 'til it bursts into a furious hellfire.

    303 votes
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    324 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.

    324 votes