Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 2 years ago

    “Foam rubber mulch”? Is that some kind of Michigan thing?

  2. Stew Bek

    Stew Bek said, over 2 years ago

    When we launched from swings we landed on dirt/sand/grass instead of someone’s (afraid of civil action) idea of how to make things safe. More fun going the distance, gave an appreciation of risk. Great how May Day was worked into the strip.

  3. zellman

    zellman said, over 2 years ago

    When I was a kid my favorite playground mulch was the “chewed up tires” stuff. It was bouncy!

  4. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    @Stew Bek

    Nowadays, if little Sally lands on dirt/sand/grass, cuts herself and gets an infection, Mom and Dad will sue/sue/sue.

  5. racerxyz

    racerxyz said, over 2 years ago

    Some of the swings I used to go on were in the middle of a parking lot, and were just surrounded by blacktop!
    You had to plan your landing well before the dismount….

  6. DaveBj

    DaveBj said, over 2 years ago

    I am constantly amazed that I survived childhood (in the ’50s).

  7. Demmiaa

    Demmiaa said, over 2 years ago

    I would say survival of the fittest, but this new generation has changed my opinion.

  8. seed_drill

    seed_drill said, over 2 years ago

    Coincidentally, my kid twisted her ankle jumping off the swing at school yesterday. Nothing like getting an early start, I guess.

  9. Cokiefan

    Cokiefan said, over 2 years ago

    We had ‘Pea Gravel’ in the 60’s, and more than a few broken bones. No known lawsuits however.

  10. QuiteDragon

    QuiteDragon said, over 2 years ago

    Whenever the issue of increasing the safety of childhood activities comes up, there is this never-ending meme of “we took all kinds of chances, we survived and managed just fine; today’s kids are/will become namby-pamby’s, we were tough!”.

    Nobody ever seems to notice that the kids who didn’t survive a childhood from the “good old days” don’t participate in the dialog.

  11. water_moon

    water_moon said, over 2 years ago


    They still have that at most of the play grounds I been to with my kids, so long as it’s deep enough it’s safer than grass. Only one broken bone in 2 years that I know of at the school play ground (and that was from getting stuck on the gym rather than the landing).
    But the indoor playgrounds around here have the springy rubber floor that’s like a bunch of mini trampolines.

  12. Boots at the Boar

    Boots at the Boar said, over 2 years ago


    It’s worse than that. All the “tough” baby boomers running corporate america now are so afraid of young men with their grand theft auto and their tattoos, that one word of angry dissent at the latest round of paycuts, while their salaries go up, up, up; sends them cowering to HR to have you fired.

  13. Agingstoner

    Agingstoner said, over 2 years ago


    It’s a material used for playgrounds nowadays. It’s as cheap as asphalt and prevents many injuries.

  14. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, over 2 years ago

    Very impressive little girl!

  15. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    Not really over the top at all. The liability lawyer’s guild is a major force in creating/promoting our society of victims.

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