- Childhood SKILZ
I used to be able to hoot like a owl through my cupped hands. Also, I could fall from trees and remain unscathed. Neither are possible anymore 🙁
I could ride no-handed too, which I can just about manage but I think that is more a geometry thing than an Ambrose-failing (correct me if I’m wrong, I probably am…) I could never wheelie but used to be able to do a mean stoppie, alas no more.
Biggest regret though- I could never get the fingers in the mouth whistle thing. Uber loud and piercing, but all I got was spit and a hiss of warm air.Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
Holy crap dude, I can still do all of those things, except the falling out of trees unscathed.. I can’t even fall out of bed unscathed..
I have lost the ability to wheelie in a controlled manner, which is depressing as it was a hard won skill the first time around, taking many long hot summers and abandoned and then later rekindled hopes.. Also used to be able to convert a goodPosted 4 years ago
stoppieendo into a respectable flatland routine (for a young kid in the early 80s) or a 180 bunnyhop.. I’d really like to get to grips with those skills againSaxonRiderSubscriber
For me, it’s really just the ability to move without fear of putting my back out. I can still do many of my old party tricks, including the somewhat gross one of letting a long string of saliva fall out of one corner of my mouth, then sucking it in and letting it fall out the other side so it looks like ‘saliva floss’. It’s hard to explain, but trust me when I say it impressesPosted 4 years ago
the girlsmy 9 year-old boy to no end.
Skateboarding- I tried it once, fell off and damaged my pride so much I never returned. I can do the stringy saliva thing though. And I can block veins in the back of my hands with a fingertip and thus empty them distally- and then gross people out when I release the valve and allow the vessel to refill. Women scream at this, a skill easily learned.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
I can still do the owl thing.
Being brought up on a farm means I learnt how to do the finger whistle thing at a young age. Can still do it but it might take two goes as there isnt much call to stay in practice in the office environment. I can do it with one hand with finger and thumb as well as two hands/two/four fingers which is even more heroic IMO.
I cant crack my knuckles anymore though.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
top party trick as a teenager was I used to be able to “snort” a condom up my nose and pull it back round out my mouth from the back of my throat, holding on to the rubber band bit then “squeegee my sinuses” with it. Well I didnt have any other use for a condom as apparently this party trick did not endear me to girlz for some reason 🙁Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
matt_oaa – how do you make leaves go bang?
Got the fingers whistling up to “**** hell, stop it!” levels for anyone within a few feet.
Even more usefully, can whistle pretty loud with my tongue making the v rather than fingers. Hands free “heads up!”, very useful on the bike. the smae whisle can start really quite low, and when brought up in tone slowly to a high whistle, sounds a great deal like a singing kettle. Party trick ON LOCK.
Rubbish at long wheelies. Shoulder is also rubbish at not hurting, which is getting in the way of a lot at the moment. 🙁
Edit: oh, and I can play “when the saints come marching in” by blowing across the top of a bottle.Posted 4 years ago
Crushing crisp packets to ‘drink’ the crisps. Nom nom.
Tetra pacs (Jubblies?) behind parked car tyres so that when teecher reversed out it went BANG.
I can still do both- and make dripping tap noises and exploding leaves.
Did anyone else do weedkiller explosions? Sodium chlorate and sugar?Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
Did anyone else do weedkiller explosions? Sodium chlorate and sugar?
Yup, but nitrogen tri iodide was my preferred childhood explosive – ammonia and iodine, great fun painted on things because it dries to leave a very sensitive contact explosive.
Various experimental stink bombs with sulphur were also fun.
And gunpowder of course. And guncotton.
Now I write all that down it doesn’t seem so normal.Posted 4 years ago
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