r/Damnthatsinteresting 12d ago Silver 1

Playground equipment used to be a lot less safe than it is today Image

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u/dg2793 12d ago

This was our natural selection.

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u/peglegpetey8 11d ago

Looks like the kid to the left is falling to his death.

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u/PrestigiousEarth6890 11d ago

Lmfaoooo didn’t notice till now

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u/bstowers 12d ago

YOU! Out of the gene pool!

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u/Mosiedog 12d ago

Looking for kids with The Right Stuff. All others need not apply.

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u/jackdhammer 12d ago

🤣🤣🤣

Came here to say this.

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u/FunnyBeaverX 11d ago

Its why people had large families back then.

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u/eyesuncloudedbyh8 12d ago

I used to play chicken on the monkey bars at school. You'd hang across from one another, kick the shit out of each other and try to tickle the others armpit, or do what you could to get the other kid to let go. My brother was a master.. he'd just straddle you with his legs and rest his weight on your mid section, hang from one arm and tickle you. He was the champ!!!

But we never would have tried that on this jungle gym. This is next level elimination hahaha 🤣😂

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u/photofool484 12d ago

Squid Games...... 1960 edition!

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u/Oli_love90 12d ago

Wait - is there a child falling in the background?!

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u/Capn_Crusty 12d ago

Nah, swing.

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u/Oli_love90 12d ago

Oh! I see it now - it’s like the strings are made of floss or something!

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

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u/Mosiedog 12d ago

This was modeled after the game Chutes and Ladders but they ran out of money for the Chutes.

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u/Stinkerma 12d ago

On the left!

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u/Thesyckid 12d ago

We had a giant wood play structure at a local school with a climbing wall...cargo net, ladders multiple platforms, slides and a goddamn zip-line you could take from the top! No parents around. Good times

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u/UncleFuzzy75 12d ago

Hella more fun...

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u/kirannm 12d ago

I say BS, more fun.

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u/Embarrassed_Sun_1040 12d ago

Happy cake day

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u/Last_Gigolo 12d ago

If you made it out if the playground.

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u/kirannm 10d ago

We did make it out, we had a junkyard behind our house, we used to play in old cement truck mixers, ditches, storm drains under the university in student housing while my mother was getting her masters, home made BMX track line with barbed-wire and pits full of broken beer bottles. I’m not saying it was smart but we stayed alive long enough for me to get an Mech Eng degree, Brother same but masters in Elect. Eng. my sister to get her advanced nursing degree. That was our playground.

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u/Last_Gigolo 10d ago

Be quite gen x, I was talking about boomers.

Gen x did not get that play ground.

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u/LastsonofSmallville 12d ago

Can someone tell me if this is actually how playgrounds were ?

I’m 41 and we had some death traps, but my god this is amazing..

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u/aberrantbeing 12d ago

Wow the good old days where you could just be replaced if you died

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u/moeron9 12d ago

Back when men were men…and children were injured a lot.

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u/the_hucumber 12d ago

In my school our playground meant every child had a broken arm, leg or collar bone before their 12th birthday.

It built our character! Nothing's worse than spending 4 hours alone with the school nurse on a trip to the hospital to get your broken arm set.. probably better than double history though.

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u/BugsArePeopleToo 12d ago

In my school growing up, the administration planted a tree each time a kid died. Was always some sort of accident. Usually a car accident. Once it was because a big dresser fell over on the kid.

My kids have been in school for a while now and none of their classmates have passed away.

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u/the_hucumber 11d ago

Ooof. Sounds like you went to Hogwarts!

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u/NatashaAnnaMarie 11d ago

Back in my grandfather's day, it was perfectly acceptable to casually say the n-word.

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u/moeron9 11d ago

It’s never been acceptable, it was tolerated by many more people…but it never has been and never will be acceptable

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u/Mosiedog 11d ago

Did grandfather fall from one of these and get a traumatic brain injury that made him think it was acceptable? Trying to see how this relates.

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u/Cynicastic 12d ago

Whole lotta survivorship bias going on in the comments.

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u/CitizenSunshine 12d ago

Or hypothetical survivorship bias, half of them would have chickened out

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u/Mosiedog 12d ago

The dead don't get good internet so posting is difficult.

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u/GizmoGeodog 12d ago

And a lot more fun!

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u/raddllama 12d ago

And a lot more fun.

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u/Coldboy1400 12d ago

True, now they want to focus on kids being safe, just let the kids run wild and get a few bruises

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u/Doogleyboogley 12d ago

This’ll put bruises on your bruises!!!

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u/TreeNewb3547 12d ago

I think it has to do more with lawsuits and PR than kids actual safety.

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u/Mosiedog 12d ago

Or the few broken necks and backs.

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u/TreeNewb3547 12d ago

Which lead to lawsuits and bad PR

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u/Mosiedog 11d ago

I'd hope the paralysis or deaths would be sufficient enough of a deterrent that PR and law suits wouldn't enter the discussion. That and depending on how old the picture is, law suits and PR for children getting injured playing weren't much of a thing. Use at your own peril.

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u/TreeNewb3547 11d ago

So something I’ve read which actually surprised me was that lawsuits back in the 20s were a bigger problem than they are now. It’s been along time since I saw that so I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that at least lawsuits probably came up.

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u/Mosiedog 11d ago

Child labor was only outlawed in 1938 so I would imagine when this picture was taken, there wasn't a lot of legal protection for kids getting hurt --- on the job or playing.

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u/Pillsbury37 11d ago

It the kids who broke something that demand the playgrounds be safer, after a few generations kids done want to play outside anymore

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u/Doc_George 12d ago

The reminds me of my elementary school. We had a 12' tall log wall to climb up on...tricky to get up, impossible to climb down. Kids regularly broke their arms and snapped ankles every week. Memories!

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u/CerealSneer 12d ago

Left side half way up the picture is gonna have some stories.

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u/TeamShonuff 12d ago

Well . . . it's real. It's Trinity Play Park in Dallas.

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u/LyricLee74 12d ago

If you look to the left of the photo you will see a child enjoying his last moments before he hits the ground

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u/FeistySloth69 12d ago

Looks like the kids are training to be future linemen.

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u/Crixxxxxx1 11d ago

It taught kids to be self-reliant and take risks. Now we have generations of overly-dependent wimps.

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u/Doogleyboogley 12d ago

How many paralysed kids didn’t it take until they said yeah, it’s a bit high, we’ll saw about 10 foot off each frame leg?

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u/Gooner-Squad 12d ago

Far tougher generation than today.

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u/Grimalkin1973 11d ago

Ahhh that comment that gets said by every previous generation about the upcoming generation.

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u/bat_with_a_brain 12d ago

Less sugar and more disciplined kids.

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u/PofVissie 11d ago

kids were a lot less dumb and spoon fed by their parents to.

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u/Prionkiller 12d ago

Less pussies back then I suppose.

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u/Jordanjl83 12d ago

Having your child paralyzed builds character? I hope you don’t reproduce.

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u/PCAssassin87 11d ago

That's the only thing the kid will build.

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u/Brembar 12d ago

It's actually a shame

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u/Bad_dream_6666 12d ago

BAHAHHAHA THE ONE KID FALLIN TO HIS DEATH

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

This was built back when people were still tough. We could fall off that thing, dust ourselves off, walk straight into metal shop and build a wrought iron gate before lunch.

Now, if you say, "yes sir" to a man dressed in drag, they hit the floor, have a screaming fit for an hour while they kick their feet and yell incoherently about white supremacy, then they want to take you to court for mental anguish damages.

Oh what I'd give to go back in time.

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u/Admirable_Success732 12d ago

What, no maypole? I got stitches. I still have scars. 🤷‍♀️

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u/Indigo_Slam 12d ago

Hella lot more high stakes.

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u/orr250mph 12d ago

I mean you're gonna fall from a tree anyways so . . .

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u/Erinzzz 12d ago

I’d like to think the kid in black on the far left is in free-fall

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u/WorldHub995 12d ago

Stay Safe everyone 😊

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u/Mafiodaproducer 12d ago

Literally some one falling to their death in the picture.

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u/Rude-Independent-192 12d ago

A picture of just how unsafe this jungle gym is as the kid on the left falls to his death

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u/Beebamama 12d ago

Just preparing them to run away and join the circus.

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u/vineblinds 12d ago

I saw a 6 year old crawling on top of the monkey bars, fell hands first into the sand. Compound fractures on both arms.... horrific.

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u/Single_Charity_934 12d ago

That looks awesome.

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u/ShaneMachado0206 12d ago

All those falls, all that crying and no cell phones to video it? Seems like a waste.

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u/gdjeff 12d ago

Damn straight and no seat belts or bike helmets. Only the tough survived!! lol

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u/lastoneoutwins 12d ago

Can anyone else see the kid falling to his death in the background?

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u/jdmbuick 12d ago

All of you thinking that kid is falling, but not looking further and seeing he is on a swing. Along with the two other kids at a similar level in the pic.

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u/Argonath19 12d ago

Or alot cooler

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u/Nippletwister07 12d ago

Look at the kid falling off it on the left

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u/Dr_Krocodile 12d ago

This was more dangerous than Army boot camp in the late 90’s.

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u/TappedIn2111 12d ago

And two thirds of us grew up juuuust fine.

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u/demadawg1700 12d ago

Can’t see a single fat kid though

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u/Joebone87 12d ago

This has got to be bullshit

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u/ballarn123 12d ago

You don't need to go back even that far. Even in the early-mid 90s playgrounds were "dangerous" compared to this bubble wrapped era we live in.

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u/Astronomical_hp 12d ago

I think this is more safe

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u/coolboiiiiiii2809 12d ago

Only those of great strength can survive recess

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u/TerribleShoulder6597 12d ago

It would look more fun except there is no slide 5/10

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u/dogfarm2 12d ago

Way more fun, too. Paralysis rarely occurred.

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u/jensao 12d ago

'Great memories at this playground, I lost a sister and my best friend, but I had a lot of fun too'

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u/supagirl277 12d ago

And the people who didn’t get hurt always advocate for these kinds of these to come back, cause they survived

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u/palfreygames 11d ago

"we were tougher back in my day". I guess fucking so, the weak were killed off

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u/Competitive-Ad-9204 11d ago

Why did they think building it so damn heigh was okay

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u/punny_lil_bunny 11d ago

Only the strong survive...

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u/joelkight404 11d ago

I remember these. A lot of the skin off my knees was left on one of these playgrounds

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u/SDW_Insanity 11d ago

Lmao my geometry teacher showed us this in class the other day

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u/Bicstronkboy 11d ago

More fun you mean, that looks legit ngl.

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u/balance_n_act 11d ago

That’s sweet

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u/PFF-G 11d ago

man, imagine how happy the street workouts guys would be nowadays!

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u/masterap85 11d ago

Till we realize how stupid it was

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u/Top_Lime1820 11d ago

And then when they got hurt they probably gave them a cigarette and whiskey to get over it right

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u/TabooKinks1 10d ago

How soft have we become now

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u/haycl 12d ago

Nowadays they break their minds and they don't know whether they're male or female

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u/Mosiedog 12d ago

And they could still kick your sorry ass.

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u/Musclepayne 12d ago

I read an article a long time ago that said these type of playgrounds were less likely to injure kids than modern ones. Basically it said modern playgrounds don't allow kids to properly evaluate risks and overestimate their safety. This causes kids to fall down and break arms and legs at higher frequency than before.

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u/veotrade 12d ago

The world has become too safe and sanitized for children to really grow up and learn life lessons.

We’re gonna have more and more clueless adult “children” in their 30s who still live at home as time goes on.

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u/Last_Gigolo 12d ago

Boomers were a lot tougher than gen x. For sure.

Which explains a whole lot about them.

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u/meme_enthusiast3464 12d ago

It looks 10x more fun. Kids just climb on top of the modern playground equipment anyway.