Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicJokes & Riddles · 1 decade ago

how many of you can appreciate this ?


40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they

carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate

blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from

a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after

that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based

paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets

and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the

risks we took hitchhiking!!! As children, we would ride in cars with no

seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a Bakkie on a warm day was

always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds,

KFC, Steers, Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends,

somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE

actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and

buy Chappies, Wilson 's Toffees, Wicks Bubble Gum and some crackers to blow

up frogs with. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft

drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back

when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down

the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and

cubby houses and played in river beds with matchbox cars. We did not have

Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on

DSTV, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal

computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we

went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no

Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us


You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter


We were given pellet guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays!!

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang

the bell, or just yelled for them! Mum didn't have to go to work to help

dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who

didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into


THE PAST..... strange but true!

Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather staps and bully's

always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like "Kiora" and

"Blade" and "Ridge" and "Vanilla" This generation has produced some of the

best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 70 years

have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom,

failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT


And YOU are one of them!


19 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is great.

    You brought back some very nice memories.


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    We also used to go river jumping

    Sure there where a few turds floating in there

    But it just encouraged to jump better and if you fell in then you laughed about it and still didn't have a bath till sunday night because it was school the next day!!!

    Good times!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have read this before. But some stuff has been added since. It is a wonderful flashback but I don't think it applies so much to those born in the 80's.

    Love My Duckie!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bang on the button, Wide Boy!

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  • 1 decade ago

    And yet how many of those born in these decades are obese now?

    How many of them suffer from various cancers? (scientists have various theories on the causes of some cancers... including many of those you mentioned in the pregnancy and baby paragraph)

    How many of these people later came to CREATE all the foolish safety things, discovered the dangers in asbestos etc, and took away competition in primary school, AND CREATED computor games and the various fast-food restaurants.

    How many of these people are scared about letting out their children to play, because of traffic, peodophiles and childcatchers in the park, and gun crime (Which many believe is on the rise because of gun anf fighty films create by those of your generations).

    HAH. Score one for the youths of today!!

    But it's people in YOUR generation that ARE creating names like 'Blade' or 'Ridge' or 'Vanilla'.

    Source(s): I am 17! And I am a survivor far... from the continueous exams, pressure and criticisms handed out by the elder generations for something I have yet to do: Drugs, Sex, Smoking, Drinking, Shooting someone. I am a survivor of the glares I recieve from my grandparents' and parents' generations for being 17. Go me!
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  • I bow to the great generation, realising that they contributed much to everything we have today, from the UK and throughout the world.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know if you wrote this yourself or what but it brought back a LOT of memories. Thank you so much ;)

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  • 1 decade ago

    haha yes i can appreciate it Legend were are we going today its all getting ridicilous we were happier back then! Food tasted better as well!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I probably would appreciate it , but Im working nights , and Im very tired , and I couldn't be arsed reading the whole thing. I agree with the first paragraph though

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wow, long

    even though i wasnt actually bron then i think things should still be like this (for some things anyway)

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