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Favorite childhood toys and youthful memories

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#7901 39 days ago
Quoted from baltistyle:

I am considered a very heavy cannabis smoker for twenty five years (in the industry) and do not have a cough. He should get checked out. I’ve even had special tests done by doctors that thought my lungs may have issues but I wound up surpassing 99-100 percent of average non smoke by a long margin, meaning if 80% was the mean, I scored up to 120. So for me at least, the cannabis has not created a negative externality for my lungs.sorry for the diversion

Then I would assume you are familiar with that antique of a movie called Reefer Madness.

Here is the 21st Century version. I am digging my hip waders out of the garage. The shit is getting deep

New word: scromiting

" Yes, scromiting — or 'scream vomiting' — is real and can be caused by heavy marijuana use. And it may be on the rise thanks to widespread legalization."

" And it's caused by extreme marijuana usage."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/yes-scromiting-scream-vomiting-real-023242666.html

#7902 39 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

Remember these on the 4th?

I remember having Roman Candle battles in the park at night. Also making PVC pipe launchers for bottle rockets. We would shoot them directly at each other-surprised my face is still intact

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#7903 39 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Yes, scromiting — or 'scream vomiting' — is real and can be caused by heavy marijuana use.

My son has a lot more vomiting to do if he wants to catch up with me and my drinking from age 15-25.

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#7904 39 days ago

I met a Gentleman at an Antique Show at the Nassau Coliseum in 1979.
He sold me a Baffle Ball, I still have today. His specialty was Slot Machines,
and I still have more than I need of them.

We became friends, and I learned he was a Firefighter, and a Minister (for Tax reasons),
Even as a firefighter, his side business was Fireworks, and he was the big supplier in Oceanside, Long Beach, Baldwin back than. ( I sold them too, for many years, and got in lots of trouble)

He had famous fireworks parties in his long property in Oceanside. Basketball size mortars launched from buried steel tubes, just feet away, from Drunk enthusiasts, in lawn chairs.....We were actually blown back from the launch!

Eventually, one year, the Police found their way back into the woods and shut it down.

But for several years, the best show was the hour long backyard pro display.

My wife and I were eventually married by him, and slots and pins continued, as he introduced me to Steve Young,
Daniel Mead, Gordo, The Tolberts, and others in the hobby almost 50 years ago.

Every 4th, I toast Phil, and family for all he did for us.

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#7905 39 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

I met a Gentleman at an Antique Show at the Nassau Coliseum in 1979.
He sold me a Baffle Ball, I still have today. His specialty was Slot Machines,
and I still have more than I need of them.
We became friends, and I learned he was a Firefighter, and a Minister (for Tax reasons),
Even as a firefighter, his side business was Fireworks, and he was the big supplier in Oceanside, Long Beach, Baldwin back than. ( I sold them too, for many years, and got in lots of trouble)
He had famous fireworks parties in his long property in Oceanside. Basketball size mortars launched from buried steel tubes, just feet away, from Drunk enthusiasts, in lawn chairs.....We were actually blown back from the launch!
Eventually, one year, the Police found their way back into the woods and shut it down.
But for several years, the best show was the hour long backyard pro display.
My wife and I were eventually married by him, and slots and pins continued, as he introduced me to Steve Young,
Daniel Mead, Gordo, The Tolberts, and others in the hobby almost 50 years ago.
Every 4th, I toast Phil, and family for all he did for us.
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Hot Damn !! That thing looks like it could sink a ship. Made in China, too

#7906 38 days ago

For some reason, OLDPINGUY’s post reminded me of something that happened when I was 15 - I remember because I’d just gotten my learner’s license.

I drove to my friend’s house and he showed me some stop-motion monster movies he was making. But we got bored with that and went into the woods near his house. There was a builder’s fire that was smoldering, and we poked it and fed it until it was roaring again. Then we had some bottle rocket wars until the police came (because someone saw us stoke the fire). My friend hid in a ditch, and I ran to my car and drove home going “Oh shit, oh shit” until I was safely back in my driveway. I think that’s the only time I ever ran from the cops.

#7907 38 days ago

Early 80's our Service Merchandise had these in the showroom as you entered on a wall to the right. There were different characters and they would spit water and creepily laugh at you. It gave my brother and I nightmares but we always went back again to pull the tie until I got older. Great memory.

#7908 38 days ago
Quoted from Viggin900:

Early 80's our Service Merchandise had these in the showroom as you entered on a wall to the right. There were different characters and they would spit water and creepily laugh at you. It gave my brother and I nightmares but we always went back again to pull the tie until I got older. Great memory.

YES! One of those creepy bastards terrorized me as a kid, but I can't for the life of me place where it was. LOL Wow I had forgot all about that thing (or just suppressed the memory, ha!).

#7909 37 days ago

I can't recall if the hula-hoop has been talked. I never was any good with those as they always spun around and dropped to my feet.

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Anyway, the hula-hoop has survived into the 21st Century and looks like it is doing well.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/07/22/how-to-hula-hoop-trend-tiktok-jnd-orig-lbb.cnn/video/playlists/life-but-better-fitness/

#7910 37 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

always spun around and dropped

The most fascinating thing about that pic from yesteryear
is that everyone is skinny.
And what is that plate of bread rolls doing on the floor?

#7911 37 days ago

This is an orange peeler. I bought at the Texas State Fair in 1971. I paid a quarter for it. I never saw another one until about 4 years ago when I stopped to visit a cousin. He had a yellow one. For peeling and orange or grapefruit, nothing matches it. One end is flat like a screwdriver. That is for popping seeds out of the part you eat.

This one is branded Texas Sweet and I have lived in fear of losing it over the years. However, a search on Amazon ( where you can buy anything ) turns up these Tupperware units.

amazon.com link »

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#7912 37 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

This is an orange peeler.

I am not a big orange eater but these look like great stocking stuffers for Christmas, especially since we seem to have a lot of fruit baskets around then, so I will get some along with the usual lottery tickets, nuts and candy bars.

#7913 36 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

This is an orange peeler. I bought at the Texas State Fair in 1971. I paid a quarter for it. I never saw another one until about 4 years ago when I stopped to visit a cousin. He had a yellow one. For peeling and orange or grapefruit, nothing matches it. One end is flat like a screwdriver. That is for popping seeds out of the part you eat.
This one is branded Texas Sweet and I have lived in fear of losing it over the years. However, a search on Amazon ( where you can buy anything ) turns up these Tupperware units.
amazon.com link »
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I was helping my mom do the dishes a couple months ago and noticed FOUR of these in her cutlery drawer.
I haven’t asked her for anything in over 30 years but I went home with two of these that day.

#7914 36 days ago

First saw this in 1969, on a Trip to Florida...Never had them in NY. But then again we never heard of Tacos.

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#7915 36 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I can't recall id the hula-hoop has been talked. I never was any good with those as they always spun around and dropped to my feet.

I had a Wham-O “Shoop Shoop” Hula Hoop that had ball bearings moving around inside it to make sounds.
I was pretty inept with it though.

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#7916 36 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

I can't recall id the hula-hoop has been talked. I never was any good with those as they always spun around and dropped to my feet.
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Anyway, the hula-hoop has survived into the 21st Century and looks like it is doing well.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/07/22/how-to-hula-hoop-trend-tiktok-jnd-orig-lbb.cnn/video/playlists/life-but-better-fitness/

Is that Willem Dafoe on the pic? What the..!!

#7917 36 days ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

Is that Willem Dafoe on the pic? What the..!!

Later that night after a few more drinks…

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#7918 36 days ago
Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

First saw this in 1969, on a Trip to Florida...Never had them in NY. But then again we never heard of Tacos.[quoted image][quoted image]

I had one of those. They belong in the "As seen on TV" ads.

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Problem #1: You push the juicer(?) into the orange. But the juicer does not pierce all of the cells in the orange.

Problem #2: (Related to prob #1). As you keep squeezing harder to get the juice from the cells that did not get pierced, the skin of the orange cracks open and you wind up with juice dripping all over your hand.

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As far as tacos go, Taco Tico serves some good tacos. The shells do not crack into 7 pieces in your hand. Pretty tasty.

#7919 36 days ago

Did your mom make you choke down the broccoli ?

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/japan-hakone-aquarium-penguins-fish-intl-hnk/index.html

Sorry. I could not resist.

#7920 36 days ago

Comic books!

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#7921 36 days ago
Quoted from Azmodeus:

Comic books!
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... just saw this on Twitter:
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here's the link: https://t.co/quy5Cs0jJo

#7922 36 days ago

Quick, kid! Grab that issue of Detective Comics off the top shelf and hide it in mint condition somewhere for 70 years!

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#7923 36 days ago
Quoted from mooch:

Quick, kid! Grab that issue of Detective Comics off the top shelf and hide it in mint condition somewhere for 70 years![quoted image]

There was an aircraft engineer here who died several years ago. Through the years as he moved around for different jobs he always brought his comic books along.

I guess he had a hell of a collection. I don’t recall reading if there was an auction but the newspaper said several comic book dealers came to town to get a piece of the action.

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#7924 36 days ago

Picked up a 8mm with a bunch of reels. This was the only one in a box

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#7925 35 days ago

This is from both my childhood, a new addition, and my other hobby.

I first saw one of these in an Antique store around 7-8 years old in Manhattan.
It was Christmas time, and I just discovered warm brown bags of Chestnuts,
that were roasted over an open coal fire, on street corners.
(The reason I have chestnut trees today)

The weather turned foul, and the only cover was an Antique store, which isnt really
where 3 Young Boys, Wet, and fighting should go.

I remember the scolding as touching Anything, was like Instant death.

But this Box, was like a magnet to me. and it haunted me for many years.

I even tried to import them some years ago.

Lucky me, puzzlemaster.ca had restocked just a few, and it is very heavy,
and a good puzzle chest today, as it has been for centuries in India.

One Key, a double layer tumbler, a few moving pieces on the surface, and
a double lock. All hand made.

Thats a fake giant Diamond Engagement ring on top.

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#7926 35 days ago

How many remember when you pulled up to the pumps and said "Filler up" or " A dollars worth of regular" ? And you remember the gas station attendant? Or pump jockey. Or petroleum transfer engineer?

You know. "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star".

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And all the BS and hype about "our gas is better" gives way to a gallon of gas is----just a gallon of gas.

And then self service gas stations hit the scene. And everybody now pumps their own gas at the convenience stores. Except for...

Well, this is a surprise to this midwesterner. New Jersey (east coast) and Oregon (west coast) DO NOT let you pump your own gas.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/18/energy/new-jersey-oregon-pump-your-own-gas/index.html

#7927 35 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

How many remember when you pulled up to the pumps and said "Filler up" or " A dollars worth of regular" ? And you remember the gas station attendant? Or pump jockey. Or petroleum transfer engineer?

My resume reads "automotive Refueling Specialist" because I knew where to find the hidden gas caps: behind tail lights, trim panels, behind license plates, ect.

#7928 35 days ago

I had the original Spirograph, not this fancy one

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#7929 35 days ago
Quoted from bob_e:

I had the original Spirograph, not this fancy one
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Motorized? What the hell. All of the fun was in getting your pencil in the right place and trying not to break it or have it hop out as you looped around the various gears. This would be like having an Etch-a-Sketch that you put a picture in and it would draw it automatically...wait, that's a fax machine. Anyhow, motorized Spirograph!?!

Of course, if they were around when I was young and we got one for Christmas, my brother and I would have to do it manually anyhow because you can be sure that "Santa" would have forgotten the batteries.

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#7930 35 days ago

I had this and 12 years later I was working in a Toolshop building plastic injection molds for car parts.

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#7931 35 days ago
Quoted from bob_e:

My resume reads "automotive Refueling Specialist" because I knew where to find the hidden gas caps: behind tail lights, trim panels, behind license plates, ect.

Saaay, you are an old fart. General Motors made it a mission to hide the gas caps I did not start pumping gas until the early 70s and did not see these very often. And I would be scratching head when the old iron rolled in.

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#7932 35 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Saaay, you are an old fart. General Motors made it a mission to hide the gas caps I did not start pumping gas until the early 70s and did not see these very often. And I would be scratching head when the old iron rolled in.

My first job was "pumping gas" but 4 years prior I started going to swapmeets with my dad to sell old car manuals. On the job learning...

You should watch a Jeff Dunham video, where he took hi daughter to the gas station and had her "fill it up"

#7933 35 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Saaay, you are an old fart. General Motors made it a mission to hide the gas caps I did not start pumping gas until the early 70s and did not see these very often. And I would be scratching head when the old iron rolled in.

MY 77 Trans Am had it behind the license plate - flip it down and fill 'er up.

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#7934 35 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Well, this is a surprise to this midwesterner. New Jersey (east coast) and Oregon (west coast) DO NOT let you pump your own gas.

Well it may seem nice to have someone else pump your gas, especially if its cold and rainy. But on those days when you are in a big hurry, it is often the case where you have to wait minutes before the attendent gets around to you, then more minutes before he/she comes back to finish the job, put your gas tank cap back on, so you can pull away.

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#7935 35 days ago

when we lost gas station attendants, we also lost the 'ding-ding' when you would pull into the station. I put that sound into Hot Wheels.

#7936 35 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Saaay, you are an old fart. General Motors made it a mission to hide the gas caps I did not start pumping gas until the early 70s and did not see these very often. And I would be scratching head when the old iron rolled in.
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I remember the 1969 Chrysler Newport my dad bough that had the gas cap and filler neck hidden behind the license plate.

#7937 35 days ago

Still one of the meanest cars made! Very nice!

Quoted from pinzrfun:

MY 77 Trans Am had it behind the license plate - flip it down and fill 'er up.
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#7938 34 days ago

Picked up some decks today. Wife think I paid too much but I think for $35 i did good. The Bob Marley one is pretty cool. Probably hang it on the wall.

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#7939 34 days ago

My Daughter skates now. I regret not keeping all my boards and gear.

#7940 34 days ago

Couple other fun pickups today. I'm a sucker for Fisher Price toys

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#7941 34 days ago

It goes in the square hole….

#7942 34 days ago

You know why they stopped putting the gas cap behind the tail lights don't you? Fuel in close proximity to electricity never ends well.

#7943 34 days ago
Quoted from Viggin900:

You know why they stopped putting the gas cap behind the tail lights don't you? Fuel in close proximity to electricity never ends well.

Probably more having the fuel filler near the bumper where you're libel to be hit in an accident.

#7944 34 days ago

This was a Blast!

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#7945 34 days ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Probably more having the fuel filler near the bumper where you're libel to be hit in an accident.

I forgot all about this one. I recall when I was pumping gas in 1972 that one guy came in with a car that had the gas filler behind the license. And his car had been rear ended---slightly. Basically just enough to tweak the bumper and put a kink in the filler tube. You could not place the pump handle tube into the filler and do all the other stuff. You had to pull the trigger handle slowly. It would take forever to pump in "a dollars worth of regular".

#7946 34 days ago

I had a Mr. Kelly’s Car Wash when I was about 7. I remember playing with it in the living room, spilling water on the rug. It came with tiny round tins of car wax which smelled awesome.

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#7947 34 days ago

I spent most of my time with my grandparents growing up. My grandma never threw anything out EVER! So I spent my time playing with all the toys from the late 60’s to my stuff in the 80’s. So seeing all these toys brings back some great memories! My favorite was a slot car track that my uncle made on a couple of sheets of plywood. He rarely let me touch it only when his friends came over with theirs to race.

They were a lot like these!

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#7948 33 days ago

Before I had a Coleco these entertained me in the back seat.

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#7949 33 days ago

now this is a cap gun!

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#7950 32 days ago

I had one of these horseshoe ring puzzles many decades ago. The ring is too small to slip off over a horseshoe. But with a clever twist, it comes right off.

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