Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Seemed like a good idea at the time...

I did some odd things as a child. It's probably because my frontal lobe was not properly developed enough for me to accurately consider the consequences of my actions, but I like to think that it's because I was a budding scientist, keen to test hypotheses. 

Coffee: not for fingers. [pic via]
Here are some examples:

When I was around 4 years old, I decided to see what would happen if I placed my fingers in a fresh cup of coffee. Burning, is the answer. 

Also around the same age, at pre-school I wanted to see what would happen if I hit someone with my barbie doll. So out of nowhere I just walked up to some boy and hit him on the head with it. It turns out he didn't really enjoy that (as evidenced by all the crying), and neither did the child-care workers. I received a time out, but I don't remember being all that concerned about hurting the poor kid. Well thank God I didn't turn out to be a psychopath with this somewhat concerning behaviour...

...Or did I?
Shifty eyed dog from The Simpsons [via here]

Err, anyway...

When I was a bit older (around 10-11) I went for an investigation of the sewer with some kids from school, just to see what it was like. Not surprisingly, it didn't smell great, was wet, dark and a bit creepy. When I returned home I noticed my previously white socks were now brown from the sewer water. Concerned I would have to answer questions as to my whereabouts (really where else would you be going that could turn socks brown), I threw them out. 

Also around that age, some other kids in the street and I decided it would be fun to ride down a (somewhat steep) hill in the park in our street in a shopping trolley - you'd get in (at least I had the sense to wear a bike helmet) and the other person would give you a push, and then run after you to try to catch the trolley before it rolled into the big ditch at the bottom of the hill. Thankfully nothing bad ended up happening! 

Not tasty, but not awful. 2/5 stars. [via]
Besides all this weird stuff I got up to, I don't think I was an overly naughty kid. Feeling jealous that I'd never said anything bad enough to get my mouth washed out with soap (which was supposedly all the rage at the time) I asked my babysitter one night if she would do it for me, which for some reason she agreed to. I still didn't actually swear mind you. I also don't know what I expected - of course it tasted like I had soap in my mouth, which really although not appetising, wasn't awful. I'm not sure how deterring this would have been had I actually wanted to swear up a storm! 

I guess they all seemed like good ideas at the time, but looking back now some of these things are a bit baffling! Did you ever do similarly odd things as a kid (or last week even)? Please make me feel better about my strange behaviour by sharing in the comments!


  1. When I was five I pulled the chair out from under my Dad as he was about to sit down. I don't remember trying to hurt him, I actually don't really know why I did it. Still puzzles me to this day!

  2. My love of a bit-too-short haircuts has been documented in early photos, along with first-person accounts of how it wasn't my parents' choice but mine. I also had a love of intentionally mis-pronouncing words back then.

    Dad: Mo
    Me: Mo
    Dad: Ni
    Me: Ni
    Dad: Ca
    Me: Ca
    Dad: Mo-ni-ca
    Me: Mo-ño-ca! Hahahahaha!

    I did end up in detention a few times in primary school, but I did deserve 2 of 3 of them.

  3. Soap for swearing?! My parents used Tabasco sauce.

  4. @Little Missy Me Haha tabasco probably would work a bit better I'd imagine. Having said that though I really like tabasco and add it to everything!

  5. My husband, who is also a scientist, put his finger in the centre of a jam tart fresh out of the oven because he wondered what it felt like - he would have been about the same age as you with the coffee - funnily enough his discovery was very similar to yours! His granny still feels guilty about it, but I believe that it was an early sign that he would grow up to become a scientist ;)
    When I was 3 or 4 I pushed one of my brothers down the stairs to see what would happen... That really does make me sound like a psycopath in the making, eep! He was fine, a bit bruised, and he cried...a lot... And later he got his revenge when he threw a toy helicopter at my head (probably just to see what happened). That's sibling love for you I guess!

  6. I think things like this are rather normal behaviour for kids. Experimenting, what if, does this hurt? I am guessing the common sense portion of our brains develop late yes?! haha.

    The worst I did, and to this day remember doing it and wondering why, my Mum was hairdying my hair (obviously this wasn't last week it was when I was young haha) and I had a remote controlled car in my hand. I don't know what possessed me (ghosts?) but I ended up raising the car to my hair and WHOOSH, a whole chunk got caught. Needless to say, It had to be cut out and my mum was rather concerned there was something wrong with me. Haha

  7. My husband and I will try practical jokes out on each other. We both know ahead of time what's going to happen, but it's fun and strange. I guess we didn't do enough practical jokes growing up. lol

  8. This post made me laugh. I guess as kids we were on a pretty steep learning curve. :)

  9. When I was about 6, I thought I could jump down ten stairs and land on the grass. I landed on stair number 8...

  10. Great post. I think all kids do weird stuff, especially if they have weird friends (as was my case). Never played in any sewers, though. I did get my mouth washed out with soap by my grandmother once for saying "freaking." Yep.

  11. When I was about 9, I pulled out all of my eyebrows because I was bored. To hide what I did from my parents, I drew them back on with a magic marker... unsuccessfully.

    Your "brown socks" confession wins hands down, though. Seriously, that made me grimace violently.

    1. That eyebrow story is hilarious/slightly concerning. I'd never considered pulling out my eyebrows, but as I chose to go in a sewer instead, I really can't judge! HAHA.


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