Mental Floss

When Playgrounds Were Dangerously Fun

Jill Harness

Ridiculous, frivolous lawsuits aside, litigation does, to some extent help keep our society safer. But at what cost? Sure children's playground equipment of the seventies was dangerous, but that's what made it so darn fun. What better feeling was there than sticking your head on the edge of the spinning merry-go-round and having a friend push it as fast as possible? And was there anyone cooler than the clique that hung out on the top of the monkey bars?

Divine Caroline takes us back to these devices of yore, with a delightful look at the inspired death traps children of the seventies and eighties once called playgrounds. Kids today may be safer, but their soft-rubber padded gym sets are no where near as fun as what we had.