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Old 11-14-2007, 08:12 PM   #21
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And the school district has to pay out millions in a settlement with the kid's parents.
Kind of funny that back in the day you never really heard about any of these lawsuits, huh?

There's some nostalgia I'd love to bring back.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:51 PM   #22
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I live in Southern Nevada where temps easily reach 120F in the summer. If we had steel slides here half the kids would be in the hospital due to third degree burns on their butts.
I grew up in Australia, where it gets to 40 degrees Celcius easy in the summer and we DID burn our arses on the metal slides in the summer. We also had monkey bars with nothing but asphalt underneath and I'm sure I remember one kid falling off onto their heads. And then what about the backyard swing? My Dad made me one from rope and a plank. I never got a splinter, while my hyper cousin jumped off and broke his arm. Fool!
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I do remember fondly the metal slides (on the rare occasions I was in an area with them and was able to make myself climb that high). Those suckers were slick and fast, but they were also really hot in the summer sun. I don't remember anyone getting hurt much (some scrapes and bruises), but there weren't ever many kids around either.

Everything changes and moves on -- if it didn't we'd be wearing bearskin pelts and beating our food to death with clubs.
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Everything changes and moves on -- if it didn't we'd be wearing bearskin pelts and beating our food to death with clubs.
ah, bearskin pelts. . .now THOSE were the days!
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I remember ripping my leg up onn a rusty nail on a metal slide and enduring 5 needles to deal with the rust...blergh.

but... i think we are too overprotective and kids are just getting worse. but then i have a whooooooole teacher perspective on that!
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My issue with the initial post is that it just seems so intellectually lazy. Like a lot of things, it has that "gut" ring of. . .truthiness about it, but when you really examine the case being made closely--as has been done on this thread--you realize what a lot of bollocks it really is.
Congratulations. We have a winner.
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Do we wish we still had lead based paint as well?

mmmmmm.....lead based paint
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mmmmmm.....lead based paint


Yeah, it's killed millions....if you believe the hype.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...47/ai_16929578
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You wanna see a regulated "play ground"? Step into any competitive gymnastics gym in North America. Sometimes I think I spent more time learning which combinations of mats can be stacked and how they can/cannot touch other mats...Seemed dumb at the time, until a kid did a dismount onto mats that were not placed correctly and broke a leg because of it.

Anyway, I don't see the big deal here. Safer play ground equipment. Safety or reduced liability....sounds like a win-win to me.
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:19 PM   #30
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Yeah, it's killed millions....if you believe the hype.
It's not that it kills children, it's that it makes them stupid and a pain in the ass to deal with.
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It's not that it kills children, it's that it makes them stupid and a pain in the ass to deal with.

oh my god, they must feed lead to kids in school, that explains so much
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oh my god, they must feed lead to kids in school, that explains so much


I was going to add "and they're already bad enough as it is!" but I decided against it at the last moment.
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Yeah, it's killed millions....if you believe the hype.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...47/ai_16929578

We have alternatives that don't harm and use them... what's wrong with it?
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I dunno - I can't imagine those giant rubber things they put out feel much better when a kid falls on his head on one of those..?

I mean, scraped parts are easy to get over. Yes, they hurt, and should be attended to, but ye. Gods. Do we really have to protect kids from /that/?

There's a happy medium out there, I think - some stuff they just have to learn to get over, with serious swiftness.
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It's not like this rubber protects you from scratches and hard landings. But it protects you from getting hurt seriously, like breaking your bones or worse. Rubber absorbs some of the energy, so it's a good replacement of stone (but not of sand).
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It's not like this rubber protects you from scratches and hard landings. But it protects you from getting hurt seriously, like breaking your bones or worse. Rubber absorbs some of the energy, so it's a good replacement of stone (but not of sand).
Exactly. It's kind of like wearing a cup. I played goal (hockey) up through college, and took the odd shot off the cup. If hurt like an SOB, for a long time...but thanks to the cup everything is still in place & working.

Sliding on that rubber would give you a pretty nasty raspberry, but you won't leave half the skin on your legs on the pavement.
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Yeah, it's killed millions....if you believe the hype.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...47/ai_16929578
Sometimes I wonder if you go out of your way to not believe in science...
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While tracking an article refering to misuse of sources in a decade old health scare is hardly a reasonable argument (is it pro-lead paint?) there are examples where public health issues are abused by stories based on studies with tenuous results or poor methodology (the MMR vaccine -> Autism scare for instance). Of course given the original posters ostrich like attitude towards smoking in cars and simultaneous blame shifting of obesity onto corn syrup (selective bias to blame or exclude unevenly) I can see what you mean.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:48 PM   #39
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Sometimes I wonder if you go out of your way to not believe in science...

I dont, but I also dont believe everything Big Brother is piping out to us as science.


Is it bad to question stuff?

Is another point of view not welcome?
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Is it bad to question stuff?
If it's questionable, not. Otherwise...
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