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Old 06-06-2009, 05:49 PM   #41
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Is this related to the bed turning into a cylinder?

Also recall laying on the bed, watching the ceiling crawl into one corner.
Girl, send me some of that joy juice!

I learned early on to stick with beer, and wine once in a while. And never mix the two.
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Girl, send me some of that joy juice!

I learned early on to stick with beer, and wine once in a while. And never mix the two.
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... of 1962, I think. Some how, I'd gotten friends with the fencing club, and we'd somehow gotten plowed on 3.2 beer (you have to fast for several hours, first, then 'tank up' fast). We all had on our gear, and so the little car bristled with ancient weaponary, including a rapier-and-dagger kit. Anyway, there were 7 of us in an old, standard VW beetle (the one with the air-cooled engine in the rear). It was COLD, and the streets had been plowed, in such a way that the curve of the road, that shunted water off to the drains on either side, had been reversed.

So we were driving in a sort-of 'U'-shaped snowy ditch, up the center of the street, which was glare ice. Somehow, the overloaded little car made it almost to the top of the hill, and then the tires spun.

And then, with 7 drunken undergraduates yelling obscene things and waving foils, epees and sabers out the windows, and with the tires spinning uselessly on the ice, we slid backwards down the street for some 20 blocks or so, gaining speed with every block.

We hit nothing, and no one official saw us. We finally plowed into a deep snowbank, which jammed the stubby tailpipes of the VW back into muffler, we climbed out, and managed to walk back to school.

I had to chip the car loose the next day, as it was effectively buried in dirty, half-melted and re-frozen snow.

Then, of course, that summer, I took it into the Rocky Mountains, to a dude ranch, where I managed to bend the crankshaft (from the inside), herding horses with it.
In a VW beetle!!! DUDE!!!!
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Y'all are some dangerous folks!
We regularly had bottle rocket wars, one ending with a sweater on fire.
We did a lot of naked drunken ocean swimming as teens that surely could have ended in disaster.


One serious rite of passage in my hometown is to ride the Coburg cow. I decided to take my turn while my parents were on vacation and I was about 16 or so.
The Coburg Cow is a giant sign at the corner of a shopping center on Hwy 17, a main thoroughfare in Charleston. It has a large cow and a milk carton that spins around about 30 feet in the air, and was probably put there in the early 70s. You had to climb up the sign, jump on the spinning (albeit slowly) part, and then mount the cow. All this on a busy street (but we did our turn at about 2 am) near a police substation.

We didn't get caught, but it was quite a thrill! The Citadel students were famous for taking the tail off the cow--just about every time they replaced the tail, it was gone again. Now the sign has electrified wire around it in an effort to dissuade climbers.
OK, I did the first two, but I never rode the Coburg cow. We lived several blocks from there and used to play at the dairy and get samples. I know my brothers rode the cow, but I can't believe I never did it.

One night while skinny dipping out at Folly, somebody moved our clothes. Scared me to death thinking of having to go home without clothes. We finally found them and jumped in the car naked and started driving and putting on our clothes. A cop was up ahead and signaled us to stop for some reason. We barely got our clothes on.

In college, my friend and I borrowed a car and got drunk and BOTH drove home. I was steering and she was working the pedals. The same friend and I the next summer in France got pulled by the police and didn't have our passports with us. We had picked up cute french hitchhickers who were in the back seat. It was about 3 AM. The police were going to follow us back to friend's uncle's house (who had rented the car for us and was some rich guy in town)to get the passports. Fortunately they waved us on after somebody in a mercedes ran a red light. We couldn't remember how to get back to the house anyway, or were too drunk to remember maybe.

quite a few others, but a girl can't give up all her secrets can she?
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I'd rely, but the question doesn't specify if the word jail is to be used?
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I'd rely, but the question doesn't specify if the word jail is to be used?
I think the only rule is...you had to survive your stunt.
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As a kid of ~10, after reading King Solomon's Mines, I gathered up the neighborhood kids and we headed off into the storm sewers of Lynchburg VA. We had plenty of potato chips and cokes, flashlights, and my handy pocketknife. What we didn't have is a clue. Especially a clue how to get back out after getting lost at around turn three. We wandered around in the nastiness past the rats for about two hours, before finally finding a ladder we could reach. Came up through a manhole in the middle of the street about a mile and a half from home. We made it back home (aboveground), and I swore all the littler kids to secrecy. Didn't work, of course. Got ratted out by a highly traumatized 7 year old. I think I'm still grounded from that one. The worst part was having to get typhoid shots. Those suckers hurt! A second reason I couldn't sit down for a while.
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I think I'm still grounded from that one.
This part makes me laugh out loud! I'm very hesitant to tell my mom and dad about some of my adventures....and I'm 51.
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I'm very hesitant to tell my mom and dad about some of my adventures....and I'm 51.
I'm sure they feel that they've already suffered enough...

I'm never going to tell my father about some things that perhaps he already suspects.
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I'm sure they feel that they've already suffered enough...
You're right about that one!
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Hmmm - cow pies, fireworks, bb guns, cars, mixed with alcohol on occasion, etc, etc.

Explosions - involving large numbers of homebrew beer bottles capped too early were fairly memorable.

If I confess too much in writing - I'd probably have to kill myself - from embarrassment.

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Lessee. shooting arrows straight up in the air - they would disappear until they did the turn at the apex - trick was to stay put until the turn so one knew which way to move. Winged an arrow at my sister - it was supposed to drop short of her but didn't - she dropped and i thought i'd kilt her - arrow put a scrape above her eyebrow and like a good loyal little sister she spun some tale to the parents to explain it. Smacked primers from my Dad's reloading supplies with a hammer as they sat on an anvil. Had lots of primer cord for the black powder splitting gun - that got used in a cannon that fired hydraulic lifters. Also in blasting caps that were inserted into aluminum tubes - Blowed up good! Set fire to the garage and a field and the debris in the bed of an old GMC PU with Mexican fireworks - those had pretty much instant fuses - good for throwing at the younger brother. Got the fires put out. Practiced drifting on country gravel roads and blew a tire off the rim when i went agricultural - swapped both rear tires with other farm tires and claimed it was good son putting better rubber on. Burned out paper wasp nests in trees and buildings with fire - singing both trees and buildings. Found you could put out a cigarette in a can of gasoline and demonstrated it. Thought i could clear a flooded truck engine by pulling the air filter and having my brother crank the engine and sucking a flame into the carb - blew the valve cover off - hammered that back into shape and re-installed. Built a still from my Mom's pressure cooker and distilled some bad homemade wine into a clear liquid that couldn't be swallowed - it went right into the tissues of the mouth - woke poor Mom from a nap and offered her a drink of water...that wasn't. Tore a 24' porch off the front of my house carefully trimming an overhanging oak branch. Other stuff...
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I pulled a prank in Dr. Richard Feynman's physics class in my sophomore year and to this day I cannot reveal it to a colleague who was also in the classroom as a student. Physical violence might commence if I were to reveal it. And since we both are sandan, we might hurt afterward.

I entered the classroom on the first day to see two of us about 18, four or five others of 20ish and the same number of mid-20 to mid-30 students from China, Korean and India. A very interesting group to say the least. And there was the Dr., dressed like a beach bum, a real one, with torn baggy shorts, some very well worn sandals, a permanently chalk stained teeshirt and hair that looked like he combed it in a previous life. He looked odd at best but he was holding a set of bongo drums, so it looked like a long journey was beginning for this young pup.

As that first day progressed, it was clear that the Dr. had a near diabolical look of someone ready to uncork a great joke, launch a tricky practical joke or pounce on a timid response from us (the stunned listeners). He seemed intent on creating a situation to test each of us. He worried me greatly.

So it was not surprising when he asked a student something that caused the student some discomfort, especially the foreign students who were used to teachers who demanded total respect and classroom decorum.

The stunt. Dr. Feynman would ask a question and if the student was slow, he'd grab his bongos and play the something like the Jeopardy count down tune. Very annoying actually, and disrupted the heck out of the thinking process. If the student did not respond, he thumped them impatiently and finally gave them a thud. And had a disappointed look.

So, not surprisingly one of the Chinese men (about 35) was totally intimidated. You could see his terror and frustration one day when Dr. Feynman asked "Yeung, can you solve this higer order derivative using combinatorial methods." Well an American student would know what that meant but this Chinese man was nearly in tears and Dr. Feynman played something liked Rawhide on his bongos. I was nearly peeing my pants with stifled laughter. The Chinese guy stormed out of the classroom after class and you could see Feynman kinda chuckling.

Next day, I showed up with one of those windup monkeys that beats on some drums and had it fully wound, ready to go. I asked Dr. Feynman to explain why a gluon was not just a type of quark, and not some separately defineable particle. He looked stumped, and as he turned to write on the board, there went the monkey playing his seudo-bongos and since I had just leaned over and put it beside the Chinese guy's desk, Dr. Feynman assumed that the Chinese guy was paying him back for yesterday.

Dr. Feynman stared at it for a moment, looked a Yeung and said, "so you think I'm a stumped monkey, do you?", walked over, picked up the monkey and simply turned to resume showing me how stupid my idea was. The Chinese dude was professing his innocence and looking around like "who did this to me"?

Feynman mentions it in several of his books. On the last day of class, Dr. Feynman always gave out quirky gifts (most hand made) with individual meaning. He gave the Chinese guy a drum stick made from a hard Chinese wood and he gave me a leather monkey with the head un-attached, and he said, "you'll have to glue-on your head". And let out a pretty funny laugh.

I had two more classes with him and he used to stare at me like he was watching for the next trick.
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Wow! What a great story, and how amazing it must have been to learn physics from the legendary Dr. Feynman!
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He gave me a leather monkey with the head un-attached, and he said, "you'll have to glue-on your head". And let out a pretty funny laugh.
A guy gave a monkey head to me made from a coconut. I can't talk about that story....
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I had two more classes with him and he used to stare at me like he was watching for the next trick.
I wonder why.......
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Wow! What a great story, and how amazing it must have been to learn physics from the legendary Dr. Feynman!
Amazing now, but at the time I just wanted a degree, a monkey would have done fine if it passed me on to the next step.
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A guy gave a monkey head to me made from a coconut. I can't talk about that story....

I wonder why.......
He had very good reason to be leery. I nearly electrocuted my roomy trying to make a gadget to remotely play his bongos.
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