After my last post, I got a few emails asking what kinds of stuff I did as kid. Well, I was far from a big troublemaker but we had our share of fun. I will share a personal favorite: VCR Tape Roadblocks!
So we took VCR tapes that were old and opened them up. We took out the spools of tape. Then we found places on streets within our subdivision that had mailboxes roughly across from each other on opposite sides of the street. Then we would tie one side of the spool on one mailbox and run to the other side and tie off on that mailbox. Effectively creating a string of tape across the street. Big deal, right? A car could just blow right through that. That wasn’t the point. The key thing was that the tape was usually pretty reflective. So as the car approached the tape at night with headlights on, they couldn’t see it at all. Then right as their lights hit the tape just right (given dips in the road), the whole tape would light up and look like a big bright line across the road. Mentally, you can’t figure out what the hell it is. So you just slam on your brakes. Worked most of the time. Drivers would usually get out and go up to it and touch it curiously. Some would rip it down. Some would cut it. A few would drive up and around the mailbox in the yard to get away from it! We were always within 100 feet of the scene hiding in a bush or behind a fence. It was really hard to stay quiet when the driver got out and was looking around.