Sunday Funday!

By When It Was Cool (@wiwcool)

Oh, to a be kid again! It's Sunday!  No school, yeah!  Perhaps you went to church on Sunday mornings or perhaps you didn't but on those Sunday afternoons, for kids it often meant playing with family or friends!  Today on Sunday- Funday - When It Was Cool takes a look back at some fun times When It Was Cool!

This giant playground set looks like fun and you should probably buy through our link.  Yeah fun!

Board Games

Ok, so I'm writing this article in the dead of winter.  It's like 10 degrees right now so what did you do for fun retro style when it was cold or raining outside?  Well, before the era of video games we had the analog version - board games!  They ranged from the simple to the complex and from the fun to the serious.  Let's take a look at a few.

Chinese Checkers... It's like checkers except it isn't.  In fact, it isn't even chinese at all.  Chinese Checkers is of German origin called Sternhalma which can be played by two, three, four, or six people, played individually or with partners. 

Chinese Checkers... It's like checkers except it isn't.  In fact, it isn't even chinese at all.  Chinese Checkers is of German origin called Sternhalma which can be played by two, three, four, or six people, played individually or with partners. 

Monopoly is a game best played when you make up your own rules.  come on, you know everybody has their own set of monopoly rules.  i'm not even sure how this parker brothers game caught on given the origins which sound like... well... not much fun - Monopoly originated in 1903 as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints[ and to promote the economic theories of Henry George and in particular his ideas about taxation.  Thanks for that bummer wikipedia.

MONOPOLY IS A GAME BEST PLAYED WHEN YOU MAKE UP YOUR OWN RULES.  COME ON, YOU KNOW EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN SET OF MONOPOLY RULES.  I'M NOT EVEN SURE HOW THIS PARKER BROTHERS GAME CAUGHT ON GIVEN THE ORIGINS WHICH SOUND LIKE... WELL... NOT MUCH FUN - MONOPOLY ORIGINATED IN 1903 AS A WAY TO DEMONSTRATE THAT AN ECONOMY WHICH REWARDS WEALTH CREATION IS BETTER THAN ONE IN WHICH MONOPOLISTS WORK UNDER FEW CONSTRAINTS AND TO PROMOTE THE ECONOMIC THEORIES OF HENRY GEORGE AND IN PARTICULAR HIS IDEAS ABOUT TAXATION.  THANKS FOR THAT BUMMER WIKIPEDIA.

One of my favorites - trivial pursuit, or  as i like to call it, "The game where I prove I'm the smartest person in the room".  Plus you get to make a pie. Who doesn't like pie?

One of my favorites - trivial pursuit, or  as i like to call it, "The game where I prove I'm the smartest person in the room".  Plus you get to make a pie. Who doesn't like pie?

then there was the pre-video game era equivelant of a button smasher game- hungry hungry hippos.  requires zero skill but you get to grab marbles with a hippopotamus... what's not to love?

then there was the pre-video game era equivelant of a button smasher game- hungry hungry hippos.  requires zero skill but you get to grab marbles with a hippopotamus... what's not to love?

Play Time

Let's say it's nice outside!  Gather up your friends and let's play some games and have some fun!

There are about one million variations of the classic kids game "TAG!"  I had no idea.  From wearing blindfolds to cops and robbers, tag has been a favorite kid's game for generations.  if you want to go down this rabbit hole, here's the wikipedia article on tag and it's variations.

There are about one million variations of the classic kids game "TAG!"  I had no idea.  From wearing blindfolds to cops and robbers, tag has been a favorite kid's game for generations.  if you want to go down this rabbit hole, here's the wikipedia article on tag and it's variations.

Red Rover red rover please let that kid I despise run over so I can give him a stan hansen lariet to the face... maybe that was just me.

Red Rover red rover please let that kid I despise run over so I can give him a stan hansen lariet to the face... maybe that was just me.

Me playing red rover.

Me playing red rover.

Ring around the rosie.  Here's an old game... but did you know that this game is actually mega creepy?

Ring around the rosie.  Here's an old game... but did you know that this game is actually mega creepy?

So, let's talk about Ring Around the Rosie.  Ok, this game is very old and also might be very creepy.  Again, I defer to Wikipedia- ""Ring a Ring o' Roses" or "Ring Around the Rosie" or "Ring a Ring o' Rosie" is a nursery rhyme or folk-song and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881, but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the 1790s and similar rhymes are known from across Europe.  Urban legend says the song originally described the plague, specifically the Great Plague of London, or the Black Death, but folklorists reject this idea."  Yes, the black death.  

The rhyme has been associated with the Great Plague which happened in England in 1665.  A rosy rash was a symptom of the plague, and posies of herbs were carried as protection and to ward off the smell of the disease. Sneezing or coughing was a final fatal symptom, and "all fall down" was exactly what happened.  The line Ashes, Ashes in colonial versions of the rhyme is claimed to refer to cremation of the bodies.  Yeah! Fun. 

The Playground

Every kid needs a swing set.  It's like a roller coaster on a budget.  Even old people end up with a porch swing or a rocking chair.  there's just something fun about swinging.

Every kid needs a swing set.  It's like a roller coaster on a budget.  Even old people end up with a porch swing or a rocking chair.  there's just something fun about swinging.

Slide! There's something fun about letting go and sliding down a slide.  However, back when it was cool we didn't have the nice safe plastic slides... no.  we had these metal, jagged, 150 degree bright metal death slides.  you not only had the thrill of sliding but also the challenge of surviving with all your fingers and toes and without 3rd degree burns.

Slide! There's something fun about letting go and sliding down a slide.  However, back when it was cool we didn't have the nice safe plastic slides... no.  we had these metal, jagged, 150 degree bright metal death slides.  you not only had the thrill of sliding but also the challenge of surviving with all your fingers and toes and without 3rd degree burns.

that's more like it... hope you've got your aleo vera ready.

that's more like it... hope you've got your aleo vera ready.

Yes, back #WhenItWasCool survival was a part of play time.  Don't even get me started about "Hey, let's play war.  I got some firecrackers." because there's a reason why you're told "Don't try this at home."  Somehow I managed to make it to adulthood with both eyes intact.

But hey, have some adventure!  Have some imagination.  Put down the PlayStation controller for a bit and you and a friend grab a stick and go explore something.  It's Sunday- Funday!

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