Wheel of Death

Having fun, or getting hurt?

I believe this wheel is the singular reason that generations of children around my age are much tougher than the kids who came well after us.

Not that the latter generations did anything wrong, but if you could survive this you could survive anything.

I have no idea what this outdoor “plaything” is actually called. If any of you know please chime in. I really do call it the wheel of death.

When I was a child I saw this wheel thing throw more people off of it into the dirt or mud then I can count. If we didn’t have any broken bones we got right back on unless someone took our place.

Ah, youth. Right?

Since this is Good Friday, for those of you who celebrate, I’ll hold my other comments until after the weekend.

Happy Friday.

Happy survival of kiddish pursuits.


9 responses to “Wheel of Death”

  1. beth Avatar

    it’s amazing that we all survived !)


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Yes, it is. Do you have any idea of what it’s called?

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      1. beth Avatar

        Merry go round )

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        That’s the thing with horses.

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      3. beth Avatar

        (I guess it depends on where you live)
        What is a merry-go-round in a playground?
        Image result for merry go round on playground\
        A roundabout (British English), merry-go-round (American English), or carousel (Australian English) is piece of playground equipment, a flat disk, frequently about 2 to 3 metres (6 ft 7 in to 9 ft 10 in) in diameter, with bars on it that act as both hand-holds and something to lean against while riding.


      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        You are mostly right. It is a merry go round. I googled around. They are currently still selling for around $9,000. I found the ultimate version. It’s shaped like a teepee. Not only does it spin, it goes up and down while kids climb on it. Think about how many trips to the ER you could take.

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      5. beth Avatar

        amazing and absolutely spot on with the er visits ))


  2. Debra Avatar

    We called them “Merry Go Rounds” at my school, but I think “Wheel of Death” is pretty accurate! Teeter-Totters were a big thing when I was a kid, too, and I think I was hurt more times on those than the “WOD.” When I think of some of the things I did as a child it’s amazing I’m still here!

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I did some Googling when I talked to Beth above and found that while there are some other names here and there, Merry Go Round is the common name, One like as school years version costs $9,000. Teeter Totters… I forgot about them. Probably with good reason.


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