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scarlet_owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:25 PM
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I scared the crap out of a 2nd grader today
I had my school tour bag on my shoulder, and a little boy asked me if I had a live snake in it. I said "hmmm. let me see", and I rummaged around. I moved the bag towards him really fast and went "hssst". He about pissed his pants. I'm so mean. Worst volunteer ever.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:27 PM
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1. I'll sue you
Lemme guess. You were in my grade 5 class and scared me with a can of "coffee" that contained a pop-up snake.

I'm scarred for life.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:27 PM
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2. Nah
If you were mean, you would have whipped out a rubber snake.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:28 PM
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3. teee-heee
I've had a few pet pythons in my life. I used to answer the door on Halloween with 'em wrapped around my neck. The kids weren't nearly as bad as the parents.

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scarlet_owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:30 PM
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4. I understand completely
When I clean out the snake cages, if there are any kids around, I'll let them touch a snake. The parents (mothers, usually) get all creeped out by them. I just tell the kids it's like touching a basketball. That usually gets them over their fear. The parents have had a lifetime of being scared, though. Old fears die hard.
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:37 PM
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8. Almost got killed by a boa constrictor once...
When I was in high school.

We had snakes in our biology lab and those of us who volunteered to work in the lab were able to take the snakes out and walk around with them.

One day I was walking around with one of them when a friend of mine had her rabbit out in the hall running around. The snake, through the glass, saw the rabbit and tightened quite nicely around my neck.

Shannon, my friend, saw me trying to get the snake loose and came to help me.

But I was never afraid of them, even after that. I like snakes.

Except Rex. He was a rat snake that our teacher kept. One day the snake tank was open and Rex was crawling out of the tank and into the Cayman (a small alligator type animal) tank. I grabbed him and pulled him up and he repaid me by twisting around an biting my thumb. The bastard.
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DK666 Donating Member (727 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:31 PM
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5. Halloween
My personal mission on Halloween is to scare the little kids like no other. Two years ago my props were so scary one little girl dropped her candy and ran like the wind to mom. I did return the candy to the little girls mom. Now I have a sign that warns them.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:51 PM
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12. I dressed like Death to hand out candy
I wasn't actually trying to scare anyone, but I had the costume essentials from past Halloweens - Skull mask for when I was a Mexican "calavera," cloak from when I was Darth Maul, etc. I didn't realize that kids were scared to come up to a house where they could look through the glass door and see Death stretched out on the couch watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

The cutest were twin girls, about 5 or 6, dressed as little pixies/princesses. Their dad was laughing his ass off that they didn't want to come get candy from me.

Oh, well... That's what Halloween is supposed to be - a little bit scary.

TlalocW
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:07 PM
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17. Keeps us awake!
When I was a teenager my great aunt gave my family a beautiful floor length grey wool flannel Quaker cape. We had an 18th century scythe in our garage. One day I got inspired to wear the cape, with the large hood drawn up over my head, and carry the scythe over my shoulder, and walk slowly down the busy rural/suburban main road we lived on. I managed to peer out and observe cars slowing down to stare at me as I giggled in my tentlike cape. I like doing things to jiggle peoples' minds a little while they're in their routines. One of my brothers did what we called "freak-outs", dressing in very strange outfits to get funny reactions. Once he and his friend applied shaving cream peaks sticking out allover their faces and walked along the abovementioned road at dusk, as people were just turning on their headlights. Pretty soon the town police drove by and told the boys to stop their prank or they might cause an accident !
If you want to see more funny reactions to jello, make it with plain gelatin and red food coloring for a party.It's very disconcerting to taste it when it has no flavor or sweetness!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:32 PM
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6. You are SOOOOO bad.
;-)
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:33 PM
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7. Rattlesnake Eggs!
Anyone ever saw them? It's a small envelope with a hard, stringy thing inside. When you open it to see the eggs the rubber band that has a washer tied to it starts uncurling and the washer strikes the side of the envelope making a 'ssssssssssssssss' sound. I have been SO bitched out for that!
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:48 PM
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10. I had those at the office
You know... I don't think I got them back when I was laid off two weeks ago! There were making the rounds about the cube farm.

TlalocW
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:39 PM
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9. You must be very proud...
what's next, pulling wings off of flies? :eyes:
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:50 PM
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11. oh, c'mon...
a childhood devoid of fright is a childhood misspent.

When we were kids, we LOVED to scare the bejeezus out of ourselves. We used to play in an old cemetary at night.... the things we psyched ourselves into then were hugely fun.

I just had a chance last month to go revisit that cemetary for the first time in about 30 years.

Took my neice and nephew and made sure we scared them, too! They loved it.
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:58 PM
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16. It's one thing to scare yourself...
it's quite another for a caregiver to scare you.
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scarlet_owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:19 AM
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19. Oh jeez
The kid I scared laughed loudest of all. It was done in good fun. I am a very dedicated volunteer and I give 20+ hours of my time a week just because I care about the education of the children in my community. I do this for free not for my benefit, but because I believe in giving children the best of everything. I would never do anything that would totally psychologically harm any child. He was startled for a moment. It was funny. I didn't kill a puppy in front of him or anything. Sheesh.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:54 PM
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13. I creeped out people at the office.
Came in full black robes and a death mask. Attended meetings (in silence, normal behaviour) and fsck'd with the network.

Heard later that half the floor was huddled in the far side of the building trying to figure out what to do.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:58 PM
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14. I didn't creep them out...
But I grossed them out at this year's food day for Valentine's Day.

I made the "Bleeding Heart Jello Mold" from Penn and Teller's book, "How to Play with Your Food." You get a mold in the shape of a valentine, mix up the jello, but you put a plastic bag of edible "blood" (I used red ink - okay not really) in it and let the jello set around it.

I walked into the room where the food was going to be kept, and my manager was there. "Oh, TlalocW, that's soooo pretty!" Well, thank you, Joyce! Would you like the first slice? "Yes, I would! Thank you!" I then took out my largest knife and cut out a jagged slice - which made everyone look at me weird for a sec... Then they looked back at the cake and noticed it was "bleeding." She didn't want the slice after that. :)

I was known as the Gross Gourmet. The nicest thing about being laid off is that it was getting harder and harder to top myself and keep my reputation going. :)

TlalocW
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DK666 Donating Member (727 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:45 PM
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15. Hmmmm
Do you still work there ?


If so really Creep em out by wearing a pink tu-tu next time....
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:28 PM
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18. Next Time Bring One Of Your Ferrets
And tell the kids that it's a hairy snake.
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populistmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:24 AM
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20. I have a second grader
He'd think you were extremely cool if you had a snake in there. My boys love to go outside and play with worms and bugs and all that fun stuff and have asked if the could get a snake. I had to draw the line on that one though. It's hard enough having to let go of all the estrogen to let them do the gross stuff the do in the backyard.
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