By - arri1999
In the olden days, only the strong would survive recess.
What's one or two traumatic brain injuries?
Back then there was no reality television so they just kept them in the basement and fed them a bucket of fish heads every week.
fish heads fish heads roly poly fish heads, fish heads fish heads, eat them up, yum!
I took a fish head to the movies...
Did you have to pay to get it in?
I didn't know other people knew this song, I thought it just existed in a void
When the first pay TV movie channel came out in 1982? They used to play a goofy music video with this “song” between features.
Fun fact, half of Barnes & Barnes that performed the song was actor Bill Mumy of Lost in Space and Babylon 5 fame.
Roly poly fish heads don’t like baseball!
they don't wear sweaters
The fish head song was our generations, It’s raining tacos.
Before TV you had to permanently damage your brain during childhood with serious head injuries. We really do live in the future.
the old days...
It saved our marriage
Just ship them off to the circus.
A presidential election
Explains texas politicians now
If you look closely, you might recognize some of our current politicians in this picture, 121 years later.
Tough to tell from a picture but if it was a video they would be the ones stepping on other kids fingers trying to cross the monkey bars
Oh, yeah. Shit's dangerous.
Whoops, that's the third broken sacrum this year.
This plyground is just the thing after a hard 12 hour day in the dirt mines.
Dirt ain't gonna mine itself.
I remember being in the first grade and reading a story about how someone that was soon going to the army used to go to a town over to train on a playground then run the way back.
I thought it was funny but it hadn’t fully been put into context until this picture.
Full army gear, aggressively riding the bouncing spring dinosaur.
Getting these chumps ready for their next gig building skyscrapers
Literally what I was about to type
Or they're practicing for their Ringling Bros audition.
look at how skinny all those kids are. instead of sitting at computer and staring at their phones. These kids are out getting exercise in the mines. Staying healthy and fit.
the good old days.
...not sure if mostly sarcasm or just a little
we have inflation at 6%. if we would just institute child labor we can pay lower wages and get that damn inflation down!
sarcasm it is then
Naw, that's just the starvation. When they are so poor the dirt mines look lucrative, but they still can't keep it in their pants. Gotta weed out the extras...
It's to train them for the military to go off and fight wars.
I see the kids are *still hanging around Denton a little bit*
Ah the good ole days before gravity got strong
Okay am I the only one who sees the kid on the far left *currently falling*?
Edit: nvmd it’s a swing. 6 feet off the ground, but still.
Why on earth is the swing so high up off the ground. How the hell do you even get on it lmao.
You climb to the top of the structure, shimmy on over and ascend the ropes.
Or you get launched from the see saw.
Or you stand in Jimmy's shoulders as he stands in Johnny's shoulders who is on a bicycle.
Jump from the ladder, Tarzan style?
I was going to mention the same thing. It looks like he's just helplessly falling from height.
Pfffft that’s nothing, back in my back they were 10 feet higher and had snipers placed in strategic positions to occasionally pick off the weak
10 feet is the length of 13.79 Zulay Premium Quality Metal Lemon Squeezers.
Yeah, but how many regular quality ones? I've got shit to measure and I'm not made of money
back in my back
Notice how there's grass under them instead of that whack-a-do wood chip idea
My elementary school had woodchips we found a fucking chonker of a grub under there we named it Jerry I think.
You eat it?
No my friends and I couldn't eat Jerry
I knew a kid in elementary school that would eat crickets. Other kids would specifically hunt for the biggest cricket during recess, and when they’d find it they would yell for Jeffrey. He’d squish the head so that it wouldn’t bite, break the back legs and then toss it in his mouth and chew. Was pretty fucking weird, but when you realize that misconception is just due to our culture - it really isn’t all that odd.
Pretty sure he smokes meth now and has a kid with his cousin.
A highly motivated man who lives off the land with a close knit family, good on him!
There ya go! Always seeing the positives in things.
Thanks for making my morning more endurable 🤣🤣🤣
Im glad things worked out well for him. Sounds like a good kid.
Better than the horse dung a kid on my road would eat. He preferred it fresh for some reason. This was when he was only about 3 (you could let 3 year olds play out of sight back in the 70s, cul da sac road though) and it did turn out he was on the spectrum.
I knew a girl in elementary school that collected and ate crickets from her pencil box as well.
Then she pooped her pants in gym class and never came to school again...
Probably doesn't miss the kindness you all bestowed upon his insectivorous ass, you jewels of humanity.
I was actually friends with him up until HS. Nothing against him, honestly. Everyone’s dealt a different hand.
It was slimy yet satisfying.
My elementary school had concrete.
Mine had rocks
We had ground up tires when I was a kid. Complete with shards of metal.
Back in my day, they built the playgrounds on asphalt. We got the surface that was both super hard and burning hot in the summer.
don't forget the hot metal slides that would give you blisters in seconds
We had the metal slides, but the "ground" was originally a collection of varying small sized pebbles/stones.. which was replaced with a rubbery, bouncy-ish red surface. Kinda felt like the bottom of your shoe.
We had straight up concrete under our playground. I only broke my head once.
Never understood the f'n woodchips. Serve no purpose except for filling shoes and socks with
While they might not be nice to step or fall on, wood chips actually provide a surprising amount of shock absorbancy due to the moisture in them. A 9 inch layer of wood chips will allow a child to safely land from a 10+ foot fall
After extensive testing we determined that a 9 inch layer of wood chips does actually have an upper bound on how high children can safely fall from, despite previous descriptions appearing to describe an infinite height of 10+ feet.
From 25 feet up, nearly all children we tested on wood chips suffered severe injury. 15 feet usually resulted in at least a sprain, and 20 feet at least a broken bone. None of the children we tested from 30 feet or higher were able to survive, but there may have been some flawed methodologies that we employed during that test so this morning we are actually scheduled to drop a few more children from 30 feet onto a 9 inch layer of wood chips to check our initial findings. They’re mostly orphans though, in case you were worried.
Update: 30 feet continues to appear to be a fatal height from which to drop children onto a 9 inch layer of wood chips.
Gotta say, ya had me in the first half
Isn't 9 inches a thicker layer than playgrounds usually have?
TIL. I should line my yard with them if I ever need to climb to the roof.
By safely land I mean decreased chance of traumatic brain injury, but I like the spirit
I fell while doing the monkey bars, maybe 6' up, and landed on that bouncy plastic/rubber ground. Landed on my butt but broke my right arm in two places.
And splinters. Never forget those motherfuckers
Splinter fucks who now?
Cheaper than dirt.
It’s good for hidin’ turds.
…and the bodies of children
For starters, that grass will just turn into a mud pit if people are regularly stepping/jumping/sliding on it
Haha this brings back memories of getting em stuck in shoes 🤣🤣🤣
Hell yeah! Used to get so mad that I had to pause playing the game of tag and potentially get caught to take out some annoying chips!
The woodchip lobby holds considerable sway in Washington
I was never sure why the wood chips. Maybe to cushion the blow? I fell off a twisty slide at school and one of those fckrs wedged itself all up into my knee...
It doesn't get muddy, you don't have to mow it, and it hides pee.
I was about to say this, wood chips are way less labor intensive because it doesn't get muddy, you don't have to cut it and it won't get used as the neighbourhood bathroom for all animals
I was actually about to say, regarding wood chips: since it is not grass or dirt it doesn't need to get mowed and it does not turn into mud. Another bonus is that it is also not a toilet.
Friend back in 7th grade did a flip down to the ground from our monkey bars and promptly had a chip wedge itself right into his elbow joint. Did you get stitches too?
Wood chips? What country is that? What's wrong with grass or sand lol they are pretty soft
When you put down sand it becomes the neighborhood bathroom for all the local animals. Leaving a lot of bacteria and parasite that the kids can get
I dunno I don’t get stomped out.
Grass is great but it tends to turn to dirt with a lot of kids running around on it. And mud when it's been raining.
Netherlands here too (20 years ago)
Saw them a few years ago in Switzerland too
Hello there fellow Swiss person !
Not exactly Swiss but I travelled there back in 2019. But it's a pretty damn cool place!
You mean every country? It's a timber industry waste product, it's cheap and good for the purpose it serves.
Grass ain't *that* soft, especially when it gets trampled every day. Eventually you're down to dirt. [These things](https://wv-rinde.at/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Polizeisv-1-scaled.jpg) absorb much better and are easier to maintain.
I'm talking about artificial turf. I should've specified maybe, but seemed obvious to me.
Idk I've never seen wood chips used for that purpose, so seems weird to me. Seems like a splinter nightmare lol especially with toddlers
These chips aren't very hard or splintery in my experience. [They're often bark pieces](https://www.freelandscapequote.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/pinebark-large.jpg) and actually quite soft, like they absorb moisture or something which gives them elasticity.
I hate it.
Its the truth too lol
Dude in Canada about 15 years ago it was just rocks
Wood chips rot don’t they??
Yeah, we had little rocks. I remember when two twins got in a fight on the playground, and one made the other eat some of the rocks.
I never thought rocks were a good idea.
Canada 45 years ago: Sand and dart butts
Hey at least they weren’t butt darts.
Or ground up tires
Every grass playground I’ve seen ended getting muddy af. idk tho
Cushions the fall. Grass=dirt and is pretty dang rough to land on.
I always had sand at school and wood chips at the park as a kid. Many years later I moved to KS and took my kids to the park and they had smooth rocks, like 2-3 inches deep. I thought it was the worst idea ever. Now they fall in rocks, they are a pain to walk in, and it gives the kids lots of ammo if they want to throw something. Luckily over the last few years they have started to change to the new rubberized soft colorful flat surfaces. Of course my kids are all adults now. But IDK who ever thought rocks were a good idea.
When I was in elementary school we started with grass and ended with woodchips.
But in the middle there was torn up pieces of old tires. It smelled and burned like hell in Texas summer.
If you drop something breakable from a height it’s more likely to break hitting grass/ground than it is wood chips. It’s extra down force cushion for falls.
My school had ripped up tires as the ground. Softer than wood chips but still got in your shoes
Wood chips are soft and don't turn into a mud pit when it rains. If the playground has grass, it won't have it anymore in less than a year. All that will remain is bare hard dirt.
I had gravel at my childhood playground. Definitely got scuffed up and bled from some falls.
When I was a kid it was gravel, so idk what any of you are complaining about.
Ths is before the davent of personal injury lawyers.
I was going to thank you for teaching me a new word, but after trying to find the definition I realize you just typod 'advent'
Is the kid on the left falling to his death or on a swing, it's hard to tell.
That’s a swing. Look an inch to the right of him there’s another kid sitting in a swing that’s 6 feet off the ground. The “falling” kid is just trying to build momentum, but looks like he is failing horribly.
6 feet is the height of 1.05 'Samsung Side by Side; Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Refrigerators' stacked on top of each other.
They're really all in different stages of falling to their deaths.
That's my favorite part of the picture.
we don’t like to talk about timmy anymore. brings up bad memories
*Get me pictures of Spider-Man!*
It's a swing, you can see ropes on the sides if you zoom in. The pic's old though so it's pretty hard to see
Or maybe he's falling off the swing
Population control at its best
This is one of those pics where you expect to see Slenderman photoshopped in the background
I forgot what sub I was in and spent way too long looking for ol noodle arms in the background!
Wait is there subreddits like that?
Today people would just use it to commit suicide.
At least it's still useful
The ol, "Permanently injure yourself from a high drop and suffer even more due to the failed suicide attempt" suicide.
After this they will cool off in the Mercury swimming pool.
It's like circus training
Deathground in Dallas, 1900
“Back in my day, our jungle gyms were 3 stories tall”
tbh I'd like current playgrounds to be something in between this and what they are now.
There are quite a few in my area that would meet that qualification. Structures high enough that limbs will break if someone falls, but designed well enough that even with kids being derpy fuckers it generally doesn't happen.
They turned the playground at our middle school into something even 1st graders would get bored with
That looks so fun!
Does it? What do you even do? Climb up the thing and just sit there?
I dunno about you, but when I was a kid I thought I was cool af just climbing high stuff
Monke wouldn't complain
It's a challenge. Climb up, see if you can tightrope walk it or if you have to shuffle across the pole, see if you can get to all corners of it, and then if you do it once you try to beat your time and increase difficulty.
My heavy ass would die immediately in my current condition. But as a 70lb kid? Omg I'd be all over this.
Gah, if only my kids could get scrapes and bruises and untreatable spine injuries like in the old days! That'd keep them from not wanting racial slurs to be commonplace! Safety rules are ruining the world!
Health & safety what now?..
I love that one kid is falling on the left
hes on a swing
I reject your reality and substitute my own.
i will be amused when the laws you fail to accept burn you mind when you refuse to comply
If I don't understand it it can't hurt me.
"If he dies, he dies"
That's how they weeded out the weak ones.
Welcome to Natural Selection Playground.
Love the random kid just falling in the background
Hate to break it to you but he is laying on a swing, sorry to ruin the fun :(
Why the fuck does the swing look like that
Imagine trying to get into it too lol
You gotta climb the ladder halfway to get into the swing
That's Kevin, he is fine.
For us in the early 90s it was common to just go play outside. I played in construction places after the workers went home, we climed trees that where rather high and we climed garages, jumped from bridges into the canal (this was really dangerous! Don't recomend), build tree houses on our own and we explored the outside around us. I am pretty sure I was allowed to go on my own in a radius of roughly a kilometer around my house (we lived at the outer town ring. Quiet streets and some wood and fields near us. If I told my parents that we are going somewhere more far with a larger group of friends I was allowed to go most times as well. It was completly normal that we where playing outside every day after school until it was getting dark.
I live by a primary school now and today at least half of the parents bring their children to school by car. I really don't understand why so many parents don't trust their 8 year olds to walk one km to school. The streets are safe, every child has a mobile phone and can be tracked, the statistics Show that the crime rates for child specific crimes are lower than ever (at least in my country). Still the parents are affraid that their children will go missing or hurt themselves if they are not monitored 24/7.
There are less child specific crimes because there are less children out by themselves.
Edit- Hey Children, My apologies, I did not explain well. My statement was in reference to mostly non-parental/guardian related crimes against children. Sorry for the confusion. However, there are still occasions where an acquaintance or estranged family member will study routines and wait for children to be out and about without adult supervision to abduct or assault. On another note it is disheartening to see the quality and intelligence of the average reddit commenter over the last decade. You guys can do better. Love, Grandma
I’m pretty chill about letting my kids go out by themselves and walk the neighborhood, go to shops, etc
They’re a bit older now but when they were 8/9/10 ages, I’d get all kinds of crap from old gray haired people. I’ve been told that they’d call social services on me (kid waiting alone on the front steps because I’d let him run ahead of me on the way home). Told that “the police were on the way” because I’d sent the kid to the store. Long list.
In the end, obviously nothing ever happened to the kids except they got more independent but all the crap we had to put up with from those neighborhood shitheels was exhausting.
Old people have been saying “back in my day, kids went outside” forever now.
These are the parents of the uncles bakers sons cousins of Eastern European ancestry of the kids who beat Hitler.
Well, these are the parents of the kids that beat Hitler.
They’d be pushing 50-55 by the time Hitler took his own life.
ngl this place looks rad
Looks like the Amish 2021.
this kinda reminds me of that dreamy, surreal, amusement park in [The Centrifuge Brain Project](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVeHxUVkW4w) video..
Looks like skyscraper construction training
They're trained to be Soldiers. I see.
Why is that so high?
Where are you slendy boi
Well this looks lit lol
But it's a playground for the kids working at Barnum & Baileys circus, right?
Does anyone have data on percentage of children who have broken bones in the early 1900's?
Another one in Iowa around the same time: https://imgur.com/7FZY10d
“Hello, Ms. Smith? Yes. This is Ms. Jones, the secretary here at Lee Elementary School. Yes. I’m calling to let you know your son had an accident on the playground today. He had a fall. He is dead. We’ll need you to pick up his body at the nurse’s station. Bed three with the other dead boys. Thank you!”
In those days we started training for ninja warriors at the age of 3
That's how they trained kids to be skyscraper builders.
There’s a kid falling in the left.
do u see the kid falling off on the left