Ah, The Childhood Memories

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    I really wish the safety idiots would allow us to have toys like the good old days when Christmas brought us toys like this:

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    The "Man Who Saved Christmas" (rent it, a truly inspiring and true account of what A.C. Gilbert did when the evil government killed Christmas by turning Gilbert Toy company into a munitions factory) should be on everyone's Christmas movie list. Now, as you all know, Bob loves his munitions, but come on, government . . . can't you leave Christmas alone?

    The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was a great toy. You had everything you need including, three radiation sources and types. You could play with Alpha particles, Beta particles and my personal favorite, Gamma particles. Harmless fun for the atomic scientist buried deep inside every young boy and girl. Not to mention, not one or two or three, but four, count 'em, FOUR Uranium-bearing ore samples.

    We can't even get Creeple People refills; Incredible Edibles, Thing Makers, Lawn Darts, refills for my Gilbert chemistry Set or Vroom Engines for my Schwinn Orange Crate (Krate, some say)

    I say we need the stuff I remember, like Eazy (Easy?) Bake Ovens, Chemistry Sets, Credit Cards with large limits and Erector Sets with the sharp metal bits. Please, no more socks. I hate socks. Send me cookies, a Red Ryder BB Gun, some Goop for my Creeple People Maker and perhaps cash like Granny gave me.
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    My own Gilbert chemistry set wasn't nearly as much fun after I totally ran out of sulfur, carbon, and potassium nitrate. Same for you?

    When I needed a hypodermic syringe and needle to fill the homemade manometers on my science-fair wind tunnel, I just bicycled over to the pharmacy and bought one, a nice glass B&D in a fitted case. No prescription, just a 13 year old kid with cash. Try that today!

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    I loved my chemistry sets.

    The problem (for others) was my love of things like phosphorus and potassium perchlorate. Then I went through my Potassium nitrate/sulfur/carbon phase.

    Then, I decided that something like Fulminated Mercury was the way to go. I knew about Nitro, but I decided not to give it a go. That said, I had a minor flirtation with something called Nitrogen Triiodide.

    Cooler heads prevailed (parents, dag nabbit) and I was talked down from attempting to build my non-atomic version of the Trinity Test in my backyard.

    I will admit, the chemistry sets of days gone by offered the young J. Robert Oppenheimer in all of us something great to abuse. And heck, even back then, limbs could probably be reattached, so What Me Worry? My only accident was grinding perchlorate and a few other things. My good looks were almost lost to history. My beaten and bloody backside was not. Take it from me, those switches do hurt.

    I also use to get syringes from the corner drugstore. But that was way back when. They made great oilers.
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    I have a very bad experience, as I remember I bit one of my primary school friends. Just because he annoyed me by talking too much.
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    Ha Ha Hee Ho Ha !!!
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    The same thing happened to me. I spit in his face instead. That's one less possible boyfriend for the future.

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