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It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.
Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.
Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.
Not worth the tranquility.
I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it
I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax
....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.
I don't think it's funny anymore.
Uhhhhhh.....ew?Renee Zellweger Water GIF by Working Title Giphy
Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.
That’s actually hilarious.
My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.
As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.
Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.
Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.
Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.
I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.
Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.
It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.
How sharp were they, though?
A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.
I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?
Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.scared george costanza GIF by HULU Giphy
We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.
This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.
Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.
We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.
Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.
I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.
It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.
A casual hit-and-run.car japan GIF Giphy
My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.
I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.
Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.
He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.
On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.
Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.
Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(
She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!
Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)
Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.
My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.
Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.
She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.
We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.
The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.
They are the coolest, aren't they?
The Craziest Of The Crazy<p>These monstrosities were alive millions of years ago. Without actually being there, it's hard to picture some of the things they were capable of or what we've decided about them in the current day.</p>
Eh...You Got A Better Name?<p>Cartoonist Gary Larson named a dinosaur part.</p><p>In one of his strips, a caveman scientist described the spikes on a stegosaurus tail as "the thagomizer, named after the late Thag Simmons".</p><p>Real life paleontologists realized this part had no name... so they started calling it the thagomizer.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/gob7isp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">ekolis</a></p>
Clever Girl<p>Velociraptors are a lot smaller than depicted in movies</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goa368e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">MissJuliaXX</a></p><p>This. The raptors in <em>Jurassic Park</em> are more similar to a related dinosaur, Deinonychus.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goa5irk?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">80s90sGeek</a></p>
Don't Shoot Him. You'll Just Make Him Mad.<p>T. Rex was actually really tough. Some skeletons have been found with major injuries that show evidence of years worth of healing.</p><p>A skeleton named Stan in particular had a hole in his skull, and he may have lived up to a decade after having his skull punctured if the bone healing is any indication.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goaskmt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">CrazyLogical1</a></p>
The Things We Thought We Knew (Usually From Movies) Were Wrong<p>Most of what we know about dinosaurs comes from film. While many of us might have walked around elementary school with a near-tatters copy of a dinosaur fact book, a majority of us know what we know about dinos because of movies and television. Odds are, most of us are wrong.</p>
Not As Loud As You Think<p>Scientists have studied the nasal and throat structure of the tyrannosaurus rex and as it turns out it was completely incapable of vocalizing a roar like those seen in movies, rather they would have made deep growling noises similar to alligators.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/gob4hg6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">jerrythecactus</a></p>
Who's Up For A Swim?<p>Recently spinosaurus was discovered to have a tadpole-like tail. It has been known for a while that it was mostly an aquatic animal, even Jurassic Park III showed that, but it was always depicted with the standard lizard-like dinosaur tail. Recently new fossils have emerged that show that the creature had a tail like that of a tad pole, suggesting that it spend much more time in water than previously thought.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goanz7v?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Toby_Creates</a></p>
FEATHERS! Just, Not As Many.<p>Many know dinosaurs likely had feathers also known as dino fuzz. However, now many scientists are discovering that the feathers on many dinosaurs have likely been overdone as a result of the feather craze.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goashic?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">meatgrandma</a></p>
Keep Your Hands To Yourself<p>Raptors couldn't walk around with its hands hanging palm down like most toys and movies show, their bone structure wouldn't allow it. They had to keep their palms facing each other.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goatjyz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">tkdyo</a></p>
Random Things To Tickle Your Dino Brain<p>Then there's those facts that are so cool, so interesting, you need to hear about them right away.<br></p>
You Know What's Funny? Time.<p>They were around for longer than they've been extinct. Which means that there were dinosaur fossils when dinosaurs existed.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goa8l7u?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Clintman</a></p><p>I imagine it would've been pretty cool if Dinosaur archeologists existed. But I guess since it would be pretty weird to dig through skeletons of their own kind, maybe a cemetary would be more likely.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goa8ty5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">nfk040</a></p>
Dodged A Bullet - Or In This Case A Bomb<p>There was an ultra rare skeleton of a dinosaur called spinosaurus that was the only one of its kind( not complete, but only evidence of it) and it got destroyed during ww2 when bombs fell on the museum in Germany. Only recently another intact skeleton has been found in North Africa. Which was more complete and gave some clues about where it lived and how it got so big--it was bigger than a T. rex </p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goa2ndq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">Heil-Sithis</a></p>
BIRDS!...Kind Of...<p>Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, between 243 and 233.23 million years ago, although the exact origin and timing of the evolution of dinosaurs is the subject of active research. They became the dominant terrestrial vertebrates after the Triassic–Jurassic extinction event 201.3 million years ago; their dominance continued through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The fossil record demonstrates that birds are modern feathered dinosaurs, having evolved from earlier theropods during the Late Jurassic epoch. </p><p>As such, birds were the only dinosaur lineage to survive the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event approximately 66 million years ago. Dinosaurs can therefore be divided into avian dinosaurs, or birds; and non-avian dinosaurs, which are all dinosaurs other than birds.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lp96cb/whats_a_cool_fact_about_dinosaurs_you_know/goapnbc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3">UnexpectedDinoLesson</a></p>
Excellent TV shows are tough to maintain in an industry crowded with tons of series competing with one another to stay in the game.
Superheroes, Castles, And Bloodsuckers<p>Everyone loves superheroes and villains; witches and fairies; and vampires. </p><p>Speaking of vampires, some Redditors thought these shows sucked towards later seasons.</p>
Saving Cheerleaders<p>"Is it fair to say Heroes. I love the show, but it was wack for like the last two seasons. The reboot was just I don't know what that was."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gntutuo?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">MurderGiraffe19<br></a></p><p>"Remember when Peter took his girlfriend to the future, and then just left her there?"</p><p>"Honestly, my biggest issue was when they started nerfing Peter and Sylar. They had become a little too powerful since they could collect powers, but the way they kept trying to do it was just lazy writing."</p><p>"Season 2 also had the really annoying Nissan Rogue product placement -- which only contrasted with how well they did the Versa in Season 1."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnu5r80?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">xaanthar</a><br></p>
That Fairy Tale Show<p>"Once Upon a Time- interesting concept, poor execution down the line."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gntppt2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Seichonaut<br></a></p><p>"Every season we had to deal with yet another memory wipe."</p><p>"That got old fast."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnu5gfd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">EmperorOfFabulous</a><br></p>
They Say It Sucked Towards The End<p>"I loved True Blood but man it went wayy off the rails especially the last couple seasons."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gntkugg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">smithshelbyk</a></p><p>"They crammed so much into that show Im still amazed Batman didn't make a cameo."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gntr4e3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Supraman83</a><br></p>
When Thrilling Dramas Lose Steam<p>The following shows set a high bar for themselves when they had a solid and engaging first season. </p><p>These shows hit the ground running and were a huge adrenaline rush but eventually struggled to keep their momentum going. </p><p>Because where else can you go after you triumphantly bust out of prison at the end of a thrilling season? Why, start over in another prison, of course.<br></p>
That Escape Show<p>"Prison Break. They kept having to break out of prison every two seasons."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnu0fbz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Logical_Acid<br></a></p><p>"It should have ended after 1 season and a successful escape."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnuleog?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">codog180</a><br></p>
That Political Drama<p>"House of Cards should have ended after season two."</p><p>"I don't know if they ran out of ideas or what but if Frank Underwood went from being some sort of political super genius to one of the dumbest mother f'kers."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnud8lx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Roushfan5</a><br></p>
The Marijuana Mom<p>"Weeds. Once she left the burbs the whole premise was lost and it went off the rails."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnudv2x?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shunmybuns</a></p><p>"It was pretty predictable that Nancy would f'k her way out of whatever new situation they were in, the only question was occasionally with whom. Her vagina became the most boring deus ex machina."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnv86v1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">crabbynico</a><br></p>
Those Crazy Plastic Surgeons<p>"Nip/Tuck for me. Man. First three seasons were just fantastic. After that, just went for shock and trash."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnu70jr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">buttsandbourbon69<br></a></p><p>"It's when they moved to LA and for some reason Kimber and Matt came as well. In fact, Kimber was a shoehorned in character and I don't know why they kept her around for as long as they did. I have lots of good memories of that show as it was always crazy town banana pants, but yeah, sh*t got whack."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnufka8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">edexleyshotgun</a><br></p>
Sitcoms<p>Even comedies struggle to keep the audience laughing. </p><p>One show found a "good place" in the TV ratings for a strong 4th season finish while the other struggled to keep fans from feeling like they were being punk'd.<br></p>
That Afterlife Show<p>"The Good Place is an example of a show that felt like it had at least a solid outline for the series and knew it would need to end."</p><p>"I find that in general, I prefer series with that sort of a plan. I've lost interests in entire genres because they just rehashed similar story arcs over and over. The arcs may have had a plan but there wasn't one for the series or the characters. And trying to shoehorn character development into that model generally doesn't work for me."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnvcslr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">splynncryth</a><br></p>
End Of An Era<p>"That 70s Show after Jackie & Hyde brokeup, Eric & Kelso left, and Donna became blonde. Wtf."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnv1etq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ray-banwo-man</a></p><p>"can't believe i had to scroll this far for this. The seasons where Eric is gone, but everyone still hangs out in the basement.... were tough. Red and Kitty carried the show. The 8th season was painful."</p><p>– <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lm7abp/which_tv_show_got_too_big_for_its_boots/gnvb037?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">PleasantSalad</a><br></p>
The other day, a friend and I were talking about how people growing up today will never get to experience what it was like to have a regular landline at home... particularly one with a ridiculously long cord that you could strangle a home intruder with. Remember those? They were charming. (I say that now, but I wouldn't one in my home these days.) I distinctly remember trailing that cord all through the house. My mother could take a call in the kitchen and cook at the same time without skipping a beat all thanks to that long-ass cord.
After Redditor sharkboy7777 asked the online community, "What is something that the younger generations will never get to experience that was instrumental to you growing up?" people shared their observations.