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Old 09-06-2000, 02:28 PM   #1
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What's the stupidest thing [VW owners] did as a kid? Brings back memories...
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Old 09-06-2000, 02:56 PM   #2
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Ah....remember doing that stuff "back in the day" before I turned 18 (I'm 19 now ), I have a feeling everyone is going to start posting stuff about their stupid things here soon
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Old 09-06-2000, 03:01 PM   #3
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that's some funny stuff..

my brother is on that board.. not sure what name..

looking for a post of his..
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Old 09-06-2000, 03:28 PM   #4
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Stupid stuff? Hehe.. I'll start off

Well, I had free and unlimited access to the chem lab in HS... So I managed to make (without killing myself) various gunpowders, napalm, nitroglycerin, and C-4. The most fun was contact explosive (Iodine crystals and strong ammonia) but after some "incidents" me and my idiot friends were forbidden from working in the lab except at certain times. My chem prof was a bit strange too, since he gave me extra credit for my experiments

Then there was the time my friends and I went to home depot and got the biggest I.D. schedule 40 pvc pipe we could find, and then turned the large pipes into shoulder fired rocket launchers. After all, those damn estes rockets have to be good for *something* right? We used to go out at lunch break and fire rockets out over the nearby highway.. Until one of my friends "accidentally" fired a rocket towards our school. After that incident plus another that almost resulted in the school being torched the administration decided to restrict our access to all the fun stuff.. oh well
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Old 09-06-2000, 04:15 PM   #5
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The one about the unwound golf ball reminds me of something my little brother did last year (he's 15, I'm 28). He cut out and painted pieces of cardboard to look like cats (or a family of cats) with dimes for eyes to reflect the light. He would put them in the road to see drivers reactions.
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Old 09-06-2000, 04:32 PM   #6
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Hey im in chemistry 2/ap hehe
What chemicals do you need for C4? Dont think my teacher will tell me
But he threw a 2-3 pound brick of sodium into a lake
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Old 09-06-2000, 04:54 PM   #7
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My older brothers best friend was getting married. He was 24, and my brother was 23. It was the night b4 the wedding, and of course they took him out to all the bars, and later in the eveing found there way back to my place. Of course the soon-to-be married or (not so soon to be married) guy was passed out by then. Then I got the bright idea, lets take his wallet and cell phone from him, goto the station, put him on a bus to Pittsburg, and see what happens....

2)when i was 12, a friend and I decided to get drunk for the first time in the woods. So we went to the neighbors house and gave him money. He asked what we wanted, and since we didnt know any better said 2 cases of Zima. Needless to say, him and I didnt get through much of the beer...

3)at 14, stole parents 69 chevy (puke green) with 10,000 original miles on it. Went out for ride (the whole day). Came home and parked it PERFECTLY! I was thinkin, yeah, its all good. Nope, Busted. First of all, everyone saw me. Second of all, the clutch WAS brand new (it was a 3 on the tree), but it wasnt so good when i was done with it...heck, i didnt even really know what a clutch did...so, of course, i burnt the heck out of it. Bad Deal...

4)My go-kart ran out of gas, i needed a smaller containter to carry back the gas in. All i could find was a styrofome* cup. I think you all know what happened...

5)Went to the big development around Xmas time, and preceeded to take (one) bulb out of each string in peoples yards. That would in turn (on most), shut the lights off for the whole string...

6)Put a mouse in the schools candy machine. Some poor girl reached in later for her candy bar, and got bit....

7)Took the other 50 or so mice that were in my duffel bag to lunch. All went well, except that the mice had eaten through the bag, and as I was caryying the bag across the lunch room, mice were falling out. Math teacher saw me, and started coming my way to get the bag. Opps, i accidently unzipped the bag, and all the mice were out. (5 days outta school suspension). Might i add, that they were the last 5 days of my senior year too...I've been outta school longer than all my friends...hahaha


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Old 09-06-2000, 05:04 PM   #8
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It's been a while since I did these things, but they still make me laugh.

Stupid Kid Thing #1
Push M80-M100 firecrackers into manhole covers (there's usually a little hole for them to insert the pick). Then run like hell and watch the cover pop up out of the road with a big bang.

Stupid Kid Thing #2
Me and my above friend had a sort of thing for anything that exploded or flew. So, we naturally had some bottlerockets. Our neighborhood was filled with kids that were about 5 years younger than us, so we had plenty to pick on. We proceeded to go underneath my house (more of a crawl space than a basement) and cut out a little space on the vent to allow a bottle rocket to shoot out. We then proceeded to shoot bottlerockets at the little kids riding their bikes and tricycles across the street. My neighbor came running over to see what was going on, and we just pretended that we were just watching TV and had no idea what those big bangs were. She never did figure it out. That basement "launch pad" was a perfect spot.

Stupid Kid Thing #3
I went to a Catholic school and one of my friends worked in the main office. When nobody was looking, he figured out the code to modify the answering machine messages from another phone. We would routinely, at least once a week, leave a "appropriate" message on the machine. This went on for weeks before they finally wised up and locked up the stupid answering machine.

Ahh...memories

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Old 09-06-2000, 05:05 PM   #9
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Suby you are INSANE! I love it!

In college we made bombs out of plasic bottles and liquid nitrogen...then someone found 40oz bottles and...well...much glass everywhere...

Got in an orange fight with another frat house...spend the whole weekend lobbing oranges at the house across the street using a 3-man water balloon launcher....

In high school we hated some of the stop signs in my neighborhood...so we stole 'em, painted 'em green, and wrote GO instead of STOP. And of course...put them back up.

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Old 09-06-2000, 05:33 PM   #10
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The real test here is thinking of stupid kid tricks I used to do that won't get me thrown in jail now.

01) Modify a Chrome Box with a directional lens and high powered strobe. Watch ambulances and fire engines for a couple weeks trying to figure out their strobe pattern. Build a resister pack with a bunch of relays to simulate emergency strobes. Spend hours on the roof of a local parking garage, pointing the Chrome Box at the light pole in front of a primary intersection, turning all the lights on Main Street green.

02) Take 200 mini glowsticks and tie them to foil model rocket parachutes. Crack 200 mini glowsticks. Put 200 mini glowsticks into Aerotech Avenger high powered rocket. Launch rocket into FAA territory with G90 engine. Watch all the guards scatter when FAA gets a 300' wide radar image right above their primary tower.

03) Actually believe someone when they tell you, "yeah, dial +91 +1 +area code to get free calls." I was 13 and a wannabe hacker.

04) Break into NASA to shut down a malicious IRC bot that had taken over my favorite channel. Don't ask.

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Old 09-06-2000, 05:42 PM   #11
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Glowstick thing really works?
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Old 09-06-2000, 07:12 PM   #12
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Ummm subyprez i would like to hear how that story ended with the married guy.
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Old 09-06-2000, 09:53 PM   #13
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"In college we made bombs out of plasic bottles and liquid nitrogen..."

this reminds me of the time i put chunks of dry ice in a sprite bottle, poured boiling water inside, closed the cap tight and took off running. ran about 50 yards, stopped and didn't hear anything.. so we waited around for 10-15 minutes. listening, waiting, chatting, when a security truck pulled up (this was at night in after-hours parking lot). guard was going home but gave us a big lecture about no loitering and junk. he let us go and drives away. not 10 seconds later, the bottle explodes like a cherry bomb.. ran like hell after that, imagining how busted we were if the guard spoke a few extra sentences! -g
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Old 09-06-2000, 11:25 PM   #14
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When I was 15 my friend and I "borrowed" a 1965 International pickup truck and drove through the South Carolina country side shooting mailboxes with 12 gauge shotguns. Watching mail vaporize into thin air was really cool.....We also had a portable 8-track (ugh, remember those?)player in the truck and we found that we were much more accurate if we listened to Pink Floyds "Dark Side of the Moon"... Damn, those were good times.

We also discovered drinking beer was quite fun too. As we were drinking, and driving, we would hang outside the door of the truck and try to hit road signs with empty bottles. In order to hit the signs with any kind of accuracy, the driver would drive off the road onto the shoulder and get as close to the sign as possible. The passenger (my friend) would chuck that bottle directly at the sign. One time I got too close to the sign and ran it over.....International makes great trucks 3-on-the-tree baby!

Sometimes being young and stupid was a lot of fun.
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Old 09-07-2000, 04:06 AM   #15
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Matt7184: The key ingredient is hexamethylenetetranitramine. You should be able to find it in army/navy stores and such as solid fuel bars or camp stove fuel. Just make sure it's white and not blue.. the blue bars are trioxane, which is useless except for heating food And that's all I'm gonna say about that..

Mmm.. firing rockets over FAA airspace. Since I work right behind a Naval air base I've always wanted to propel large, foil covered objects over the fence.. Does the glowstick thing really work?
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Old 09-07-2000, 06:06 AM   #16
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I've got alot of "dumb kid" experinces..

but here's one you can try at home..

take a normal raw egg... and microwave it..
it's fun..

did it a neighbor's house..
he took a tupperware bowl, placed the egg in it, and covered it with saran warp.

needless to say, when it exploded, the thin sheet of plastic did very little to stop the egg from passing through the "vents" in the microwave..
little chunks of scrambled egg and shell hanging everywhere..

and some personal advice on the cleanup..
don't use a dustbuster to clean up..
it doesn't work and you end up with two appliances that smell like burnt egg...
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Old 09-07-2000, 07:46 AM   #17
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Well, the foil parachutes are what caused the radar to go all wacky. They're about 18"
around and, when the ejection charge went off to eject the main chute, 200 little foil chutes deployed and scattered over about 300' or so.

We needed weights to give the chutes something to drag, so we opted for glowsticks because it was night and, well, we wanted to see the chutes.

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Old 09-07-2000, 08:09 AM   #18
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For those of you who enjoy a good outing of mailbox baseball, might I warn against using a crowbar. On an overzealous swing, the hooked end will go through a front fender like a hot knife through butter. Enough said.
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Old 09-07-2000, 10:14 AM   #19
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Hey Cacophony, making that ammonium tri-iodide! Fun stuff, big clouds of purple smoke, and purple stains on whatever got hit! I made it in an unsupervised H.S. Chem lab, also. Except, I apparently spilled a little on the floor. A couple days later, the teacher said the floor was going snap, crackle, pop as he walked around. So we got a lecture on what ammonium tri-iodide is, and how to make it, but to not do it. Too bad iodine is no longer easy to come by!
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Old 09-08-2000, 12:05 AM   #20
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Sean, a strobe light set at 14Hz (10Hz in some areas, also) will do the job beautifully! Trust me, I designed a unit that creates this falsh pattern for an emergency lighting company that I used to work for.

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Old 09-08-2000, 12:12 AM   #21
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Yeah, the frequency depends on the strobe. It was years ago so I can't remember the exact pattern, but it was like morse code where dashes are slow and dots are fast. Like, --..--..-.--..--..-. etc. So, a solid strobe set at 10Hz or 14Hz didn't do it.

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Old 09-08-2000, 12:22 AM   #22
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I don't think the statute of limitations has run out on my crimes, so I'll have to keep my mouth shut..but as you can probably guess, they involve guns, bombs, and fire...and lots of stolen things.
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Old 09-08-2000, 12:30 AM   #23
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oh man..remind not to upset any of you people.

well since everyone likes a good fire story. heres one about three teenage boys (my little brother, my cousin and me). We were camping out at my cousins one night and had a fire going. Well it just rained so we had alot of trouble getting the fire going. So my cousin decides to get some gas (bad idea 1). The best part is what he puts the gas in...remember those plastic little hug containers???(bad idea 2). So we pour all the gas on a fire and a neighbor girl goes to light the fire with her lighter...fortunaetly I stop her and throw a match from two feet away and woosh a nice 4 foot flame shoots up (bad idea no. 3) Well since the wood is wet the fire won't go for much more than a few minutes. So my cousin keeps putting on more gas from a safe distance (if there is such one). He has to run up to the house to grab something and the fire goes dead. So my little brother thinking away grabs one of the hugs and start pouring it on the fire from about 3-6 inches away..can you gues what happened...yes the container caught on fire...cuz where he threw it?? A nice big pile of leaves....cuz he stepped on it to put it out....guess who was wearing shorts??? guess what spread up my leg...a nice bon fire.

I know not as good as some of the other..but still funny now that I look back.
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Old 09-08-2000, 12:34 AM   #24
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Sean, BZZZZZZZ, wrong answer. We sold them to police stations all over the country and they worked. It is a steady 14Hz pulse. I think the reason it worked is because one of the pulse combinations was at 14Hz. They are quite picky as well, +/- .1Hz would not work.

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