I think most of us tempted fate as teenagers. Some of us were lucky enough to live and learn, others weren't as lucky. I just hope other kids learn from this.
Every generation of adolescent people seem to find new things to experiment with. I would never have thought of helium when I was that age. My peer group had plenty of other things we played with to put us in danger, though.
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My mother was the first one to give me helium in a balloon at Roseland Park. We did it to make our voices sound like the Munchkins in Munchkinland. I'm surprised you never did this. I think in this case, the danger was in the pressurized tank, not the helium itself. It doesn't make you high or anything, just changes your voice.
Regardless, I agree with you that kids will experiment and think they are truly invincible.
Edited by twocats (02/23/1211:56 AM)
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Of course I've done it. It was safer than some other things we did as kids. One thing I think of, but don't remember the name of the product, was this rubbery stuff in a tube, You'd put a glob on the end of a little straw and blow to create a ball. Then it would dry and harden. The stuff always had a nasty chemical smell and taste to it. I only used that once as a kid.
Has anybody tried eating Play-Doh? I never have but watched my cousin try it. Judging by the look on his face I was smart not to put it in my mouth.