Daftest thing you've ever done?

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When we were kids (11 or 12) we used to mix Sodium Chlorate weedkiller with sugar. This would then be tipped into a set of bike handle bars which had been flattened at one end and a hole punched with a nail at the other. A large wad of grass was then plugged into the open end and we would then use "one potato two potato" to decide who was going to block the open end. The unfortunate person then had the job of hammering the open end flat. A trail of the mixture was led from the touch hole, lit and we would scarper behind a tree. The results were spectacular; real bombs, we even blew some tree stumps straight out of the ground. Our exploits were, eventually, curtailed when the police and fire services turned up along with an army jeep, fortunately we were able to leg it before they saw us. When I think back how dangerous it was, especially hammering the end flat after it was full, it still makes my bum twitch.

What's the daftest things you've ever done?
 

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About 12 years old, jumped over a main road at rush hour on a BMX, off a DIY trick ramp, with only a downward hill to land on. I'm managed to catch the face on a lorry driver as I was heading over the top of him. Maybe stupider than that was doing it again....and again.
 

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When we were kids (11 or 12) we used to mix Sodium Chlorate weedkiller with sugar. This would then be tipped into a set of bike handle bars which had been flattened at one end and a hole punched with a nail at the other. A large wad of grass was then plugged into the open end and we would then use "one potato two potato" to decide who was going to block the open end. The unfortunate person then had the job of hammering the open end flat. A trail of the mixture was led from the touch hole, lit and we would scarper behind a tree. The results were spectacular; real bombs, we even blew some tree stumps straight out of the ground. Our exploits were, eventually, curtailed when the police and fire services turned up along with an army jeep, fortunately we were able to leg it before they saw us. When I think back how dangerous it was, especially hammering the end flat after it was full, it still makes my bum twitch.

What's the daftest things you've ever done?
Imagine the roasting you'd get in this day and age :D

I'm struggling to think of anything that I could share without a post full of asterisks lol.
 

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Anyone remember this type of latch? As young whipper-snapper, me and my brother used to put drawing pins on the thumb part and cover it in dog poo. Now, what's the first thing you do when you prick your thumb?...into the mouth, right? We never did get caught.

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Lots, Aerosols on Fires, Tekkin Fireworks apart and making Bombs, Going through a Tunnel Drain in Temple Newsam, one of the lads who had asthma collapsed and we had to carry him out we thought we lost him he was blue, it was only when i was gonna give him the Kiss of Life he came Good :rolleyes: :rolleyes: We lived near Neville Hill Train Depot and it had a train wash, we once Decided to jump on the back of the train going about 5mph and through the train wash, when it got to where we was we got not only Soaked but whipped with the spinning Leathers, One summer we went to the Farm and got a tractor inner tube, repaired it blew it up and went sailing on the River Aire in the Centre of Leeds, 3 of us decided to go over the Weir on it, we only did it once. We used to jump off the Bridge at Cross Green into the River, even now when i take Albert for a walk down there i shudder thinking about it. That Lot as well as the motor bike stunts and Drunken ones as well im surprised some of us are still around.
 

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My mate and I were about 12 years old, fishing on a tidal drain for flatties and eels.
It was a couple of days before bonfire night, and of course, we had a supply of good bangers - Cannon, 321 etc.
During a quiet period waiting for the flow to turn with the tide, he took the end cap off his aluminium-handled landing net, lit a banger and slipped it into the tube of the handle, dropped in a 1/2" ball bearing then pointed it at me, saying "Dave, look at this!"

A loud bang, something hissed past my nose, then hit the water about 100 yards away, skipped like a miniature bouncing bomb, then landed again another 50 yards further down.

Then my mate squealed. The aluminium tube had ballooned out to a width of about 4", splitting into razor-sharp shards in the process. Blood flowed freely from the palms of his hands. We used that old black, sticky insulating tape to mend him, and as far as I know, it worked.
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@Wise Owl ....."Dangerous Dave" :D:giggle:.......

Mate there was about 5 of us who dared each other to do stupid stuff, The old you go first thing ya know, i remember once near the Valley Scrapyard it had been snowing we decided to go down one side of the Valley on a old Cortina Bonnet, Like said We only Did it once. We were faster than the Cresta Run and had bruises to prove it.
 

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@Wise Owl .....I was always the sensible one mate (Boring?)....Someone had to fix the things and sort situations out caused by chaos!:LOL::giggle:
 

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Our Gert still says now i have no sense of Danger, god i must have been suicidal from 10 years on wards :rolleyes:
 

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I remember me and a few lads off the estate found an axe and a fire extinguisher in the woods when we were 8 or 9.
What ensued was a game of us trying to split the fire extinguisher open with said ace by repeated blunt force trauma.
Fortunately a nearby adult saw what we were attempting and advised us it might be detrimental to our time on earth and we stopped.
 

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1982 Falkland Islands, Stanley airfield, me and a couple of the lads thought it would be a good idea to walk along a pipeline down to the beach. Once there and with a few more than a few beers down our necks we thought it would be a very good idea to chase the penguins on the beach. All this time we could see a dark shape in the distance but didn't want to venture too far from the pipeline. Anyway following day me and a mate decide to go back down and see what the dark shape was. It was the blown up hulk of a British armoured vehicle. We took a few photos and made our way back up the pipeline only to see some of the senior ranks waving at us so we waved back and carried on walking up the pipeline, still they waved and we waved back until we got within earshot, "stand still, the pipeline is mined"....... Eeek, we said as we waited for the Army mine detector team to escort us off the last 100m or so of the pipeline. We got in the clag for that one☹
 

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My mate and I were about 12 years old, fishing on a tidal drain for flatties and eels.
It was a couple of days before bonfire night, and of course, we had a supply of good bangers - Cannon, 321 etc.
During a quiet period waiting for the flow to turn with the tide, he took the end cap off his aluminium-handled landing net, lit a banger and slipped it into the tube of the handle, dropped in a 1/2" ball bearing then pointed it at me, saying "Dave, look at this!"

A loud bang, something hissed past my nose, then hit the water about 100 yards away, skipped like a miniature bouncing bomb, then landed again another 50 yards further down.

Then my mate squealed. The aluminium tube had ballooned out to a width of about 4", splitting into razor-sharp shards in the process. Blood flowed freely from the palms of his hands. We used that old black, sticky insulating tape to mend him, and as far as I know, it worked.
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Canons 321's that brings back memories mate(y)
 

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bit through an electrical cable that was still plugged into the mains
 

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16, 17 years old, climbing High Force then jumping off the top into the maelstrom below. Then doing it again. And again. :) Managed to get even dafter as I got older!
 

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This was the dark shape in the distance
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Some of the stuff the Argies left lying around. View attachment 15345
Godber. The dark shape in the distance is an FV 180 Combat Engineer Tractor. I used to command one and instruct on them. Without doing any research, there was possibly only one in the conflict, which and I knew one of the crew, small world. We used to refuel at Stanley, before flying back to Murray Heights, the beach at the end of the runway was littered with mines.
 

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