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Old July 21 2013, 03:59 AM   #46
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Re: 40 and Over Club Meeting

One of the funniest things I've ever heard was Howie Mandel in a cable special in the 80s ...

"We didn't have a Mr. Potato Head, so we'd just stick shit on my grandmother's face."
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Old July 21 2013, 04:10 AM   #47
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Sadly I knew a couple of kids from my childhood who did not survive their childhood.
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Old July 21 2013, 04:21 AM   #48
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Sadly I knew a couple of kids from my childhood who did not survive their childhood.
Me too. Sadly, there's always gonna be that, but you can't dwell on it. If anything it makes you appreciate the people around you, because they could be gone tomorrow.
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Old July 21 2013, 04:27 AM   #49
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Two words: Rumble seat.
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Old July 21 2013, 04:39 AM   #50
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Two words: Rumble seat.
Those were even before my time. And yours too, I suspect.
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Old July 21 2013, 04:45 AM   #51
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^ My grandparents had several cars that had them, which I rode in.
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Old July 21 2013, 05:08 AM   #52
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I had to look up what a rumble seat is. They were known as dickey seats in British (and Australian) English.
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Old July 21 2013, 06:59 AM   #53
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Everybody said "eenie meenie miney mo" when I was a kid. There was no "tiger" in there anywhere. Now I wince when I hear the words.

Candy cigarettes? Of course.

My dad had a convertible. He would take us kids for rides on the new freeway (speed limit 75 mph according to the signs, but nobody really cared). Once he got the car to 90 mph, we stood up on the back seat so that our hair would blow in the wind.
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Old July 21 2013, 07:22 AM   #54
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In Australia our candy cigarettes were called Fags since that was slang for cigarettes. They changed the name to Fads in the 90's. You can still buy them. (And fag is still slang for cigarettes).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FADS_Fu...ks_%28candy%29

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Old July 21 2013, 07:33 AM   #55
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Yes, but Fads (Fads Fun Sticks) lost their red top so that they no longer look like cigarettes. Does anyone actually buy them?
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Old July 21 2013, 10:05 AM   #56
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Since they have never had any flavour and are the texture of gritty chalk I've often wondered that.
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Old July 21 2013, 10:42 AM   #57
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Actually, I completely screwed up with that last one. What I had thought of as a rumble seat is actually nothing of the kind. I was thinking of the armrest that folded down from the back seat of the car (which, as a child, I thought was an actual seat) Somehow I thought that was a rumble seat. My bad.
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Old July 21 2013, 02:10 PM   #58
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Actually, I completely screwed up with that last one. What I had thought of as a rumble seat is actually nothing of the kind. I was thinking of the armrest that folded down from the back seat of the car (which, as a child, I thought was an actual seat) Somehow I thought that was a rumble seat. My bad.
Yeah, I was beginning to wonder if you were like 90 years old or something.



In any case, rumble seats definitely wouldn't pass today's safety standards.

BTW, in America a rumble seat was sometimes humorously called a "mother-in-law seat."
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Old July 21 2013, 04:38 PM   #59
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[...]We had metal slides, we walked to school, we skinned our knees on the pavement and we fell off our bicycles and SURVIVED!
[...]You need to hurt yourself a little bit so you develop the common sense not to eventually do something moronic and hurt yourself A LOT.
I do agree, except for the seat belt thingy. You'd be surprised how horrible the injuries are even at such a low velocity as 12 mph.
When I was a kid, seat belts for normal cars were not invented yet. Only racing cars had some. IIRC the first ones in normal cars turned up in the 70s. Today I feel naked without a seatbelt.
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Old July 21 2013, 09:09 PM   #60
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If I remember correctly, seat belts were available as optional equipment in some American cars going back to the 50s, maybe further. My dad's 63 Corvette had them, and so did the 64 Impala and 66 Chevelle.

You can still buy candy cigarettes, and a lot of other cool candy stuff, at www.nostalgiccandy.com .

Oh, yeah. Almost forgot Space Food Sticks. I loved those things. www.spacefoodsticks.com
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