r/Damnthatsinteresting Dec 08 '21 Wholesome 26 Masterpiece 1 I'll Drink to That 1 Silver 40 Platinum 1 Helpful 35

Highschool fitness was much more demanding in 1962 Video

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u/Onlyindef Dec 09 '21

You know in the 90s-early 2000s when they’d cast 30 year olds to play high schoolers? This made me think of that. Like I remember being in the army and not seeing that many jacked dudes. Saw a lot of jacking dudes. But not like a battalion of ripped guys.

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u/The_loony_lout Dec 09 '21

I questioned if you were in the military until you said you saw jacking dudes.....

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u/SupermarketLive7695 Dec 09 '21

I too saw jacking dudes we had a name for the day.. Wack in your rack Wednesday.

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u/its-good-4you Dec 09 '21

We couldn't do it on Wednesdays cause our food smelled of medicine on Wednesdays and no matter how hard you try your private doesn't want to wake up after that. Come Friday evening we'd be escaping the barracks to go drink in the small town nearby, and hoping our equipment is functional by then cause the town ladies loved some fresh service members.

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u/spartan_forlife Dec 09 '21

The small town 40 year old cougar buying a round for you & your 2 buddies, then inviting all 3 of you back to her house because she needed something heavy moved.

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u/Gold-Breadfruit-4760 Dec 09 '21

Lol 30 year olds have been playing highshoolers since the dawn of film and still do today. Probably easier to work with someone older and more experience on set. I don't know but the older casting thing has just always been a thing lol

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u/Cyberzombie Dec 09 '21

It was worse in the '50s. They'd have guys pushing 50 playing a 20 year old. Not pretty.

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u/InsultingChicken Dec 09 '21

Robert Di Nero played a teenager just a few years ago

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u/Harriet_Craig Dec 09 '21

Aside from experience, the thing is there are much stricter working rules for minor actors, mainly a limit on how many hours a day can be spent on set. There are no such time limits for adult actors.

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u/BDR529forlyfe Dec 08 '21 Wholesome

I could do that slip n slide all day long.

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u/suspiciousfishy Dec 09 '21

Yeah that part looks fun, just don't go along the middle seam like that last guy...

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u/Timmyty Dec 09 '21

He even grabs his belly. I bet it hurt some, lol. But it looks fun as shit. Wish my schools had done anything like that

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u/TheGrubbyDugout Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

You can apply trainings in a military camp.

If your country allows it.

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u/Timmyty Dec 09 '21

Well I'm talking about water slides bud, not really the intense physical exercise part.

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u/7rj38ej Dec 09 '21

Which military branch has the best slip n slides?

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u/GameOfCojones Dec 09 '21

The Seals, obviously.

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u/cpt_appropropriate Dec 09 '21

You know that period of time between when you skin yourself and it starts bleeding? The time between the last guy getting up and the scene cutting is like a beat shorter.

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u/VisualBasic Dec 09 '21

He was probably thinking, "Gee Willikers, that hurt like a motherfucker".

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u/mitchandre Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

That last guy on the slide looks like he was in his 30s. Does annoying know why highschool students looked so old back then? Has this been studied at all? It's staring at us in clear view.

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u/ZoxieLutt Dec 09 '21

Honestly everyone from the past looks old af in their teens and early twenties for some reason

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u/StructureNo3388 Dec 09 '21

Muscle definition, well tanned, and wearing the fashion that we now associate with old people

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u/ZoxieLutt Dec 09 '21

But I’ve just seen face pics of ppl from past decades and they’re like 23 but look like they’re 40 with a mortgage and a family lmao

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u/No-Outcome1038 Dec 09 '21

My friends Dad… saw his senior photo - dude looked straight up 30 when he was 18. Massively built too

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u/regoapps Dec 09 '21 Silver

People used to go outside more. The sun ages them. Nowadays people are mostly indoors all the time and away from the harsh sun.

Look at this photo of a trucker and the age difference between their left face and right face due to sun damage to one side of his face.

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u/WeedUnltd Dec 09 '21

That's because back then if you were 23 you probably did have a mortgage and family. Nowadays, if you're 40 you are more likely to look and act like a 23 year old. And forget about a fucking mortgage lol

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u/ZoxieLutt Dec 09 '21

😂 you have a point

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u/suspiciousfishy Dec 09 '21

Often I think it's just that their hair/makeup/fashion looks very dated and unflattering to modern eyes, but that doesn't really apply to these guys...

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u/cabbagetbi Dec 09 '21

Not enough time in front of computer screens, too much time outdoors with no sunscreen.

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u/dennismfrancisart Dec 09 '21

It's the food. They didn't have access to high fructose corn syrup and they all smoked behind the barn.

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u/siqiniq Dec 09 '21

Neoteny is an evolution strategy to delay maturity and financial independence, to stay in your parents’ house longer. Axolotls do the same.

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u/j_mei_j Dec 09 '21

TIL axolotls have evolved to be more delayed in financial independency.

Jk I love them! Also chimps are neotenous as well!

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u/TrixnTim Dec 09 '21

And also notice how thin everyone is. Comparatively. I was looking at my 35 year old yearbook recently. We also dressed pretty nicely.

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u/perfect_for_maiming Dec 09 '21

Higher body fat % can give you "baby face".

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u/moglysyogy13 Dec 09 '21

Watch out for ring worm

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u/IAMALoverOrAFighter Dec 09 '21

I was going to say. Its a good way to get ring worm all over your chest

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u/HQ2PeltzerCrew Dec 09 '21

as a Mama of a former wrestler. Ring worm was also the first thing to come to mind sliding down those mats-

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u/Ok_Survey3918 Dec 08 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Eureka!

Navy seal grinder pt. You can see the instructors in utes.

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u/Remcin Dec 09 '21

Yeah this is def. not high school, unless it was an all dudes feeder for the military.

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u/HeavilyBearded Dec 09 '21

IIRC this was a program for Kennedy's vision of High School fitness—not the norm.

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u/doesntgeddit Dec 09 '21

A PE teacher started it. Word got around about it and Kennedy heard then asked other high schools across the nation to follow them. 4,000 other high schools signed up.

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u/ControlOfNature Dec 09 '21

There’s a Maintenance Phase episode about the Physical Fitness Test. It’s fucked.

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u/Mjt8 Dec 09 '21

Why is it fucked up?

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u/woodc85 Dec 09 '21

Turn the sound on.

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u/JupitersClock Dec 09 '21

This just looks like straight propaganda

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u/Long_Mechagnome Dec 09 '21

I don't know, seems pretty gay to me.

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u/fumoderators Dec 09 '21

gay propaganda

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u/Tom_Brokaw_is_a_Punk Dec 09 '21

The sinister gay cabal. We've fallen victim to the sinister gay cabal.

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u/Tomato_Sky Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21 Helpful

I love how the more upvoted comments are people agreeing that students today don’t get proper PE and you know… kids these days.

But nobody realizes there are no girls. That they are all shredded white dudes. There’s no way my grandpa could have done this. What school has a mobile peg-walking wall? And why do all the guys in the 70’s look like the cast of Anchorman instead of the Expendables?

The first thing I thought was some form of military PT.

Edit: PE has NEVER been adequate and it’s almost a traditional race to the bottom to pick the laziest PE teachers.

Double Edit: That’s a marching pad, not a football field.

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u/SomeStupidPerson Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

While most of the top comments took the title bait, they still aren’t wrong that PE classes suck. I’m amazed people didn’t see how jacked these dudes were and didn’t think this want some sort of specialized group. It’s kinda obvious, even for old boomer standards.

Im a younger millennial and when I was in elementary we had a lot of actual physical activities in PE class, but then in high school my PE classes consisted of us reading from books about….physical activities?? It was weird as fuck lmao

Can’t imagine how it is now if it’s gotten worse from that lol, but for me at least my classes were shit

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u/ggggthrowawaygggg Dec 09 '21

It says right in the video "200 schools"... Obviously they had more military-oriented schools back then, hell even Trump was sent to one because his dad thought it would toughen him up.

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u/SeriousAboutShwarma Dec 09 '21

I was coming to say this, this just seems like something the nation would do when it's focused on draftable/recruitable numbers/population, not a sincere concern for health.

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u/maximumtrollmagic Dec 09 '21

Except for the slip n' slide part, this straight up looks like army bootcamp. My guess is this is due to the cold war

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u/goatpunchtheater Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

Eh, sort of. Really jfk put out a challenge to high schools to get better at fitness, as they felt the country was getting soft. Well this high school in Cali called La Sierra had a football coach that was their P.E. teacher, and he developed a program that all the boys in school were required to take part in. That's what's in the video. Kennedy promoted it, and a bunch of other schools adopted it for a short time, but it fizzled out. The results spoke for themselves merely by how the kids looked.

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u/THEPOL_00 Dec 09 '21

I wonder why they didn’t keep this.

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u/soaring_potato Dec 09 '21

My guess it means that PE needs to be way more often than an hour a week for this. And parents in the 80's probably didn't like their sons to basically be trained for the army. When they were high schoolers

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u/BestGuavaEver Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21 Silver Helpful

I remember my dad saying he had boxing in high school. They had beat up gloves and they would setup matches amongst the students at the school for each year whether it be freshman, sophomore and so on. Then they would have a tournament at the end of the year called “Boys Night” and the winner received a trophy and it was a pretty big deal since they had the largest high school in the city. That was 1964.

My high school banned dodgeball in 2006…

Edit: One great story my dad has of those years was when the PE teacher paired this kid up against the school bully that was kind of a big guy because he was goofing around in class, kinda as a way to stick it to the kid. The kid ended up pulling a bunch of stuffing out of the glove and beating the bully in the 2nd round. The class went wild when the bully went down. By the way this is Sequoia high school in Redwood City, CA for those asking. He attended ‘62 to ‘66!

Edit 2: People asking why dodgeball was banned at my high school. I went to Granite Bay High and we had a gentlemen named Miles Burris in our class that now plays professional football in the NFL. He would throw the ball so hard at freshmen/sophomore that he would make them cry. Shoutout to Miles for the success…and also getting dodgeball banned. Extra: We also had Devin Wiley attending our school during 04-08 and he also went to play NFL as well, along with two gold medal olympic swimmers. Granite Bay HS are just natural overachievers.

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u/functioning00 Dec 08 '21

I had a boxing club in highschool. It was crazy fun

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u/DeezNeezuts Dec 08 '21

We had an unofficial one. It was a nice way to settle disputes without having half the school watching.

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u/functioning00 Dec 09 '21

I could see that, also sounds safer if you’re using actual gloves.

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u/itim__office Interested Dec 09 '21 Silver

There was one for adults as well. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt made a movie about it. That's all I can really say about it though. Rules.

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u/dominus83 Dec 09 '21

The first rule of Boxing Club: do not talk about Boxing Club!

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u/akaRandomHero Dec 09 '21

My high school banned dodgeball in 2006…

My HS substituted those super light memory-foam balls for dodgeball. Jokes on them because we would just tear holes in them for better grip and just send it.

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u/I_SAID_NO_CHEESE Dec 09 '21

One of those smacking you in the face was like a strong cup of coffee.

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u/Jack_35 Dec 09 '21

You basically get shellshocked if gets you on the ear

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u/thedisenchantedone Dec 09 '21

My high school banned dodgeball in 2006…

Should have reached out to Chuck Norris.

Fucking Globo Gym.

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u/Reevesy89 Dec 09 '21

RIP Patches o'Hullahan

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u/FonkyChonkyMonky Dec 09 '21

Back when the men were men, and the women were men, and even the children were men!

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u/queencityrangers Dec 09 '21

Don’t forget the dogs! The dogs were men as well!

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u/mrandr01d Dec 09 '21

But the men? Well, they were dogs!

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u/MikeOfAllPeople Dec 09 '21

And the industry? It was a revolution.

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u/sorenant Dec 09 '21

They're manly, every single one of them. And not just the men, but the women and the children too.

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u/Shwiggity_schwag Dec 08 '21

My mom and dad both told me about marksman club. They weren't forced to do it, but it was an available elective and it just involved plinking targets with a .22 rifle.

Between 2002-2005 at least 4 kids got long suspensions for having an empty gun rack in their trucks at my high school.

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u/MrProdigal Dec 09 '21

In the early 1990s, I went to a rural Christian school. During hunting season we would bring our gear to school on fridays and drop it off at the principal’s office on the way to class. It is funny thinking back on how normal it was for a dozen or more boys to walk into school with rifles.

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u/EatingPizza Dec 09 '21

I also went to a rural Christian school, but it was in the late 70s. We brought our hunting rifles, bows, and knifes to school nearly every day to show or compare. After school we would get in someone's truck and ride to a nearby field to shoot targets (or really nearly anything that moved). Lived through it all with no injuries, currently I still have a healthy appreciation for "a well-regulated militia", but I no longer own or have need for a gun.

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u/wintermute916 Dec 09 '21

My dad used to take his rifle to school so he could hunt on the way home to put food on the table after his father died. Whole different world…

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u/BubbaTee Dec 09 '21

They used to have gun clubs and shooting ranges on campus. Not just in rural schools either, they had em in NYC.

Nobody was trying to shoot up the school back then, either. Definitely a different world.

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u/Gh0stp3pp3r Dec 09 '21

At my high school, it didn't throw any flags up for kids to show off their hunting rifles to others in the parking lot. They also brought gear along to go hunting or fishing after school. Their parents encouraged it. But again... these kids were taught early and properly how to handle weapons. And they wouldn't do anything stupid to risk losing their hunting privileges. Guns weren't a mystery, they're just a tool used to shoot meat.

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u/albinowizard2112 Dec 09 '21

They stopped being a tool for some and started being a personality. To me a gun is just like a hammer drill or a demo saw or a nail gun. Yeah of course it can be dangerous, but take proper precautions and use it for its purpose.

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u/Lmao_Stonks Dec 09 '21

Yes, a thousand times yes. Getting out of the corps and seeing gun culture outside of the military was eye opening. One, people paying wayyyy to much for fancy do everything ar15s and pistols. Expensive gear. And two, not even basic knowledge about weapon safety rules or HOW TO SHOOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.

It’s a tool, it’ll get scratches. Learn to use it properly and safely.

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u/MaskedJakyl Dec 09 '21

I bought my 1st rifle from Western Auto at 13 years old.

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u/brandonspade17 Dec 09 '21

I graduated in 2001. I remember in my high school years multiple guys had guns in their trucks at school. They would hunt in the am and come to school. My area is pretty rural though.

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u/anxiousoryx Dec 09 '21

Went to school in an area like this for awhile. One kid had accidentally shot another through the torso during one of those morning hunting trips and everyone talked about it for years. He lived but with some gnarly scars.

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u/mrandr01d Dec 09 '21

Reminds me of a funny thing I read on here a while ago about a girl going to college and none of her new friends had had a "drive your tractor to school day" and then and only then did the girl realize she went to a -as she put it- "yee-haw" high school.

I imagine the difference about the gun racks is similar.

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u/witchywater11 Dec 09 '21

Lol that's like how in some country schools, they took the day off for the first day of hunting season.

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u/delimitedjest Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

I don’t even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack

Edit: some of y’all are uncultured philistines

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u/RaggotFetard Dec 09 '21

You know, Wayne, if you’re not careful, you’re gonna lose me.

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u/delimitedjest Dec 09 '21

Are you mental?? Get the net!

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u/DaisyHotCakes Dec 09 '21

My dad told me about something similar at his school growing up. He won at least twice (he’s got the “trophies” and I was like omg what are these?!? when I discovered them as a kid.

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u/crestonfunk Dec 09 '21

The guy who bullied me in junior high school used to grab basketballs during dodgeball and run across the line and throw them as hard as he could into the smaller kids’ heads. I got hit hard a couple of times. One time I started to lose consciousness and I fell. Coach yelled at me to get up. Fuck seventies dodgeball. And fuck Albert Guerrero.

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u/kfnsz Dec 09 '21

My school had monkey bars, flying foxes, a merry go round, and even long chain swings. It's now a cushioned hill of recycled plastic :(

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u/MessicanFeetPics Dec 09 '21

Theres actually some interesting research to show those padded plastic jungle gyms are more dangerous than the old ones. Basically when there is clear danger kids are more careful, but in the "safe" ones kids find more dangerous ways to use them in an unintended fashion. Kids love doing dangerous shit no matter what era they're born in no matter what the "back in my dayyyy" boomers like to say.

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u/FriarNurgle Dec 09 '21

It’s not that kids were tougher back then it’s that schools/people don’t want to get sued.

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u/Boot_Bandss Dec 09 '21

Dude, no one gave a flying fuck back then. My mom (born in ‘68) said that it was a lot of personal accountability. And your parents would rock your world if you messed up bad enough.

She also said everyone would do an activity (sports, band, chorus, etc.) because there wasn’t shit else to do and bored kids got in trouble.

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u/Never_Answers_Right Dec 09 '21

people talk wistfully about this time period but my tough old army dad still has chills remembering how my grandpa would rock his shit over the tiniest mistakes and then go back to sitting in his chair all evening with no one in the house making noise

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u/notfromvenus42 Dec 09 '21

My partner's dad tried to be better than his dad was to him. By which I mean he only beat him with the leather end of the belt.

There was a lot of cruelty in the past that was just treated as... not my problem, not my business. Horrors that were brushed under the rug.

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u/antiopean Dec 09 '21

Turns out many things happening back then were negligent parenting jf not outright abuse, doesn't it. Good thing every flag looks red they the rose tinted glasses of nostalgia I guess, if much of this thread is anything to go by

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u/DumbAssNeedHelp Dec 09 '21

In high school we had slap boxing matches in the bathroom. Anyone and everyone got the smoke

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u/trunolimit Dec 09 '21

Boxing is fun but with everything we've learned about head trauma I'm not one for letting da kids knock each other around for fun.

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u/jellyschoomarm Dec 08 '21

My dad said when he went to school in the 70s no one could sit out for p.e. also every guy was on the football team(small school). My dad was a super scrawny nerdy type but he still played 3 years. He said it wasn't really optional.

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u/olnog Dec 09 '21

Did he go to school in Texas?

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u/Ajj360 Dec 09 '21

Went to 90s high school PE in Texas and most of the time they barely made us do anything.

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u/OfferChakon Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

Went to high school in a rural town in texas in the late 90s. We went fishing at the local damn for PE. Everyone would bring a pole or a net and a chair and we'd hike down there. We'd just go chill at the damn for the entire period.

dam it

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u/Ersmanic Dec 09 '21

Crazy how diverse the American experience is.

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u/wryan89 Dec 09 '21

PE in Texas in the early aughts and we walked around the track or played cards in the cafeteria lol

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u/jellyschoomarm Dec 09 '21

No. Northern California but it was a small school out in the country where everyone knew everyone's business... so pretty close to how I imagine a lot of schools in Texas to be.

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u/Energy_Turtle Dec 09 '21

I'm not even old and PE wasn't optional. 20 years ago we had to wear heart monitors and maintain a certain cardio level for ~30 mins. Now, my kids literally walk around the block for PE. And if they don't want to they can sit out.

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u/Fritzst11 Dec 09 '21

i graduated 2 years ago and pe wasn't optional at my school

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u/uwanmirrondarrah Dec 09 '21

At my highschool you only needed 2 semesters of PE, so you just needed to do 1 year of it and then you could elect to do it or not the next 3 years. This was 10 years ago too.

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u/idiotdroid Dec 09 '21

In 2004 PE was basically exactly that, just walk around for 30 minutes.

You could run, jog or walk. Me and my friends would just bs and talk while we walked around for 30 minutes. And that was something that was done like once a month. Most days I could just show up for attendance, then leave. PE teacher didn't really pay attention because he would just set up some different stations and tell us to do whatever.

It was a joke.

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u/functioning00 Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

I’m pretty sure that this was at a specific school and not a widespread thing. I remember one of my history teachers talking about it and this looks very similar

Edit: looks like La Sierra high school. Couldn’t find any great info on it aside from this article and some videos

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62991/1960s-high-school-gym-class-would-ruin-you

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u/chuystewy_V2 Dec 09 '21

There is a documentary about the school called the Motivation Factor. It’s pretty interesting

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u/WDfx2EU Dec 09 '21

It was a project that JFK wanted to expand nation wide in order to improve youth fitness (and more directly have a fit draft class for Cold War engagements like Vietnam) but it didn’t take.

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u/happygraywhale Dec 09 '21

I believe Kennedy tried to make it more widespread. Which is why you can see those peg board things in quite a few schools. Ours had them and we never used them.

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u/TheFinnebago Dec 09 '21

Rural Minnesota High School here, we had one in our wrestling room, got lots of use.

Come to think of it, it’s a great DIY home gym type thing to build if you can find the right wall to stick it on. Probably $40 worth of wood and bolts.

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u/Smipims Dec 09 '21

Maybe in 2019. Wood is expensive AF now

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u/theTeflonDong Dec 09 '21

Early cold war shit was crazy, IIRC this was a Kennedy initiative. Had to get Americans fit to fight the Soviet Super Soldiers...

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u/AtTheFirePit Dec 09 '21

https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/presidents-council/history-council. "...began in 1956, when President Eisenhower established the President's Council on Youth Fitness."

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u/ghdana Dec 09 '21

Could use it today to fight the war on... obesity, heart disease, COVID, high insurance premiums and tons of other issues that were not around back then when people moved more and ate smaller portions and less sugar.

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u/prinejl Dec 09 '21

Excepting that our schools are peddling ketchup as a vegetable, can't achieve a lot physically if you're also fed garbage at school.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '21

Ironic, in that America’s school meals were initiated by… the Army to grow a stronger crop of soldiers…

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u/funkiestgore360 Dec 09 '21

further irony... now abandoned by the army and fed by the prison system

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u/C4-20eh Dec 08 '21

Got to keep them physically fit so you can draft them to fight the Cold War.

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u/ACABiologist Dec 09 '21

It's almost as if the USSR's existence forced the US to fund public education just to keep up. Which would explain why most states cut public school funding after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '21

So what you will about the USSR, but they kept us in check.

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u/thatbakedpotato Dec 09 '21

It’s a pretty strong theory in both IR and poli-sci in general that states need a strong enemy to keep themselves in check/encourage growth.

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u/twistedbristle Dec 09 '21

Mark Fisher outlines the consequences of this in what he calls "the cancellation of the future". The rich don't think they need us to compete anymore and they can just sit back and collect profit. There is no need to build, maintain, or protect.

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u/Boot_Bandss Dec 09 '21

gestures to everything

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u/CaitaXD Dec 09 '21

Well you about to have the same situation with china

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u/AMAFSH Dec 09 '21 Silver

Ty China for stepping up to the plate <3

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u/Kapten111 Dec 08 '21

Or diabetes

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u/Captainfrogman Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21 Helpful Wholesome

While this does look a bit vigorous for a high school standard, IMO overall fitness has been neglected in education in America, and it shows.

We’ve had a bunch of really bad gym teachers though….

Edit: geez, you really never know when your most upvoted comment is coming do you?

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u/ihambrecht Dec 09 '21

You have to remember this was filmed when film was expensive. These weren't just normal high school kids.

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u/businessboyz Dec 09 '21

The voice-over even mentioned that this program was only in 200 schools across the nation.

There was something like +100k schools in this country during that time. This was not only a select audience, it was a select program.

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u/YeastInVagMakesBread Dec 09 '21

THANK YOU. This shit is so selective and not at all reflective of how all of America "used to be".

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u/FuckOffImCrocheting Dec 09 '21

My sister's high school gym teacher was a 350 lb woman in a motorized wheelchair. I shit you not. Parents would complain to the office staff that she would make the kids do too much in the Texas heat (while she told them what to do from the gym door with the air conditioning blowing out around her). Kids were going home with sunburns, nausea, heat exhaustion etc. She would just tell em to drink more water and they were fine. The school never did anything about it because apparently behind closed doors they couldn't or else she said she would sue them for discrimination.

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u/FonkyChonkyMonky Dec 09 '21

We had a stout lesbian gym teacher who was cool as shit to the boys, but was really mean to the girls. And she spent a lot of time in the girls locker room while they were showering and changing clothes.

I don't know if things are still the same, but gym teachers used to get away with a lot.

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u/mrjacank Dec 09 '21

My middle school gym teacher used to drive his truck behind us when we ran the mile outside. Same guy got in trouble for threatening a student with a starter pistol.

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u/I-Am-Uncreative Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

This reminds me: my lunatic high school teacher for precalculus, networking, Introduction to UNIX, and Oracle SQL was convicted of threatening someone with a firearm a few years after I graduated. I always figured she'd be threatening a student with a gun, but no, apparently she threatened someone at a stop light.

She's the only high school teacher to ever give me detention. I guess I won in the end, I got detention, she got 6 months in jail.

Edit: Imagine a female version of Chang from Community, but angrier and less mentally ill. That was basically her. An awesome lady, but nuts.

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u/FonkyChonkyMonky Dec 09 '21

Spaces over tabs?!!

DIE, YOU LITTLE SHIT!!

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u/amorphatist Dec 09 '21

When she was right, she was right

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u/LancesLostTesticle Dec 09 '21

Idk what it is about cars that makes people insane.

Probably because it's the one thing in their life that they feel like they have more or less complete control of.

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u/I-Am-Uncreative Dec 09 '21

I read the police report (it's all public record here); she was driving aggressively and another motorist apparently started laughing at her, which ticked her off, so she pointed a gun at him and he drove off and called 911.

She was charged with felony assault, but only convicted of a misdemeanor. I'm not sure if she appreciates how lucky she was that the jury didn't convict her of a felony.

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u/Kaarsty Dec 09 '21

“THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! When you say something starts at nine IT STARTS AT NUEVE!”

  • Senor Chang

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u/mybudwin Dec 09 '21

Where are these highschools that teach networking, Unix, and SQL? I was lucky enough to get a couple months of Mavis Beacon in middle school

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u/HODLOnForOneMoreDay Dec 09 '21

Between the two I would prefer to get El Tigre Chino as my teacher.

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u/aburke626 Dec 09 '21

We had a very old high school gym teacher who hated girls and said so, often, out loud. If you were unlucky enough to get him for gym makeup, you had to run suicides. Didn’t matter if you threw up. He tried to fail me, saying I hadn’t gone to a gym makeup, but he died before final grades went in and another gym teacher I’d had for several semesters remembered me being at gym makeup, and passed me. I hope he’s ruining suicides wherever he is.

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u/Sanx75 Dec 09 '21

We had a sports teacher (don’t call them coach or gym teachers in the UK) who decided to leave a swimming lesson unattended, and a kid in the seventh grade had an epileptic fit at the deep end and drowned. And they still didn’t fire him… He was a useless prick, but he was also an old boy and a former rugby international. So they kept on paying him…

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u/Choice-Activity-2933 Dec 09 '21

she said she would sue them for discrimination.

Surely the threat of lawsuits from dozens of the parents would be worse right? 🤔

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u/ACABiologist Dec 09 '21

In highschool I had gym for my final period and the teacher just let us leave

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u/WilliamSaintAndre Dec 09 '21

Another problem which is difficult to really speak about in general (because of different laws and regulations by state), is that it's not mandatory anymore and many of the activities (which were present at the time of the video) have been cut due to lawsuits from injuries.

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u/GitEmSteveDave Dec 09 '21

My school used to just let the kids loose in the partly fenced in blacktop area behind the school after lunch. When it snowed, we just weren't allowed to make snowballs or climb the mounds of snow the plows left behind. Since there was no chairs, you were at least standing up the whole time, and got SOME exercise,

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u/bicameral_mind Dec 09 '21

or climb the mounds of snow the plows left behind

What!? Poor children these days. We were all over those things on snowy days back in the early 90s.

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u/MuppetDude Dec 09 '21

I'm King of the hill! proceeds to get shoved off by several other kids

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u/Shredding_Airguitar Dec 09 '21

Apparently 23% of 18-23 year olds are obese in America. Not just overweight but in the obesity ranges. 21% of 12-19 year olds. 47% of Americans. Even 13% of toddlers (2-5).

It’s such a massive issue. It’s no wonder why we have so many COVID deaths and it’s likely a considerable factor for suicides and mental illnesses as well.

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u/jenna_hazes_ass Dec 09 '21

Sugar in food instead of fat as well.

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u/Remarkable_Study2771 Dec 08 '21

Too many gym teachers are either fat old men or pedophiles and at least at my high school the kids in PE just have to sit on the bleachers for an hour

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u/AverageTierGoof Dec 09 '21

What are you talking about, Penis Inspection day was a totally normal thing we di-

oh.

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u/GummyTumor Dec 09 '21

My gym teacher was definitely doing penis inspections. I came home one day and my mom had a very worried look on her face and was asking me a bunch of questions about my gym teacher, but it wasn't until years later that I understood what had happened.

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u/visiontommy Dec 09 '21

That's what you get for $12 an hour

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u/bigvahe33 Dec 09 '21

no one can afford to be a teacher anymore. and those you can are somewhat desperate

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u/Rugrin Dec 09 '21

That was also back when High school served as the major pipeline for two types of men, military men, factory working men. so, they pushed fitness. This all changed after the draft was abolished and Germany and Japan got their industry rolling.

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u/Odin_Christ_ Dec 09 '21

We still have a draft, we just don't have it activated right now.

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u/butthowling Dec 09 '21

Yep, all men gotta register for selective service within 30 days of turning 18🙃

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u/GlutenFreeDairyFreeC Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21 Gold This

It was also before the FDA was run by former food company heads. The amount of crap we sling that stands in as "food" is appalling.

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u/Ferrous1225 Dec 08 '21

Three times a week my kids are offered some variation of bread with tomato sauce

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u/Nephroidofdoom Dec 08 '21

Brought to you by the good people at Campbell’s!

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u/anxiousoryx Dec 09 '21

Chicken patty, chicken nuggets, popcorn chicken, chicken on a stick….

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u/AnotherUser297 Dec 09 '21

Chicken is a lean protein, right?

Yes, /s

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u/Full_of_Chocolate Dec 09 '21

I don't like the idea of Milhouse having two spaghetti meals in one day.

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u/Terrible_Use7872 Dec 08 '21

Is pizza still a vegetable?

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u/Kryptospuridium137 Dec 09 '21

And slushies count as a fruit

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u/el-conquistador240 Dec 09 '21

The Reagan administration classified ketchup is a vegetable. They knew which side of their bread was larded.

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u/Nethlem Dec 09 '21

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, food company heads didn't need the FDA to peddle their extremely low-quality, heavily adulterated products.

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u/tpars Dec 08 '21

Those guys probably had to walk miles to and from the bus stop every day in the heat, cold, and rain.

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u/C4-20eh Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

Uphill, both directions, in a snow storm, with no shoes according to my Dad…

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u/ISwearImKarl Dec 09 '21

My mom used to day that my great grandfather would say this all the time, and never really believed him. Not until she saw an old picture, saw their shoes taped up, and so she asked an aunt or something. "that's from all the walking". She was told. So my mom made the joke, up a hill, and down a hill. Yeah, actually. They lived inside a valley

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u/Throwaway_Consoles Dec 09 '21

My middle school was almost two miles away, on the other side of a valley. I Google mapped it and turns out I did walk a mile uphill both ways. I also walked down a hill for a mile both ways.

I felt really dumb when I realized it’s possible to “walk a mile, uphill, both ways.”

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u/appealtoreason00 Dec 09 '21

Uphill? You were lucky! We ‘ad to scale up a mountain every morning, in hail, stark naked except for shoes filled with Lego... and we were grateful for it!

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u/GobLoblawsLawBlog Dec 09 '21 edited Dec 09 '21

These look like mid-late 20 year olds playing high schoolers in a Netflix teen drama

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u/Wallstreet101083 Dec 08 '21

Well yeah the draft was a thing

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u/ModingusKhan Dec 08 '21

Still technically is. Just hasn't been used lately.

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u/lastcallface Dec 09 '21

Also, it is illegal to move and not inform selective services what your new address is.

I suspect that I broke that law about 15 times before I turned 35

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u/ModingusKhan Dec 09 '21

If you filled out a change of address form with usps, you updated it.

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u/Agreeable-Weather-89 Dec 09 '21

I almost guarantee the U.S army has plans to rapidly reverse the lack of practical fitness among young people in the event of major war.

You'll still be drafted however used as physical labor on restricted diets for a period of months in order to get you into a condition to train and fight.

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u/K1ll3r22 Dec 09 '21

Yeah...getting all the men ready for Vietnam. Imagine being in high school and as soon as you graduate you're going to fight a war for the next 11 years. Wish we still had the fitness but glad we aren't having kids go through that.

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u/stareagleur Dec 09 '21

I was in high school when 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan happened and the schools were really proud about making a big event around graduation for the kids that were joining the military as soon as they finished. It never changes.

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u/legitmadman82 Dec 09 '21

Wait, those aren’t grown-ass men?!

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u/Otototototototoi Dec 09 '21

For real, how come when I was in high school we all looked like kids

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u/quannum Dec 09 '21

I literally said "shit, high school? Those are grown ass men"

I'm 30 and I'd look like a child next to them.

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u/richerBoomer Dec 09 '21

Reminds me of boot camp

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u/chr0mius Dec 09 '21

I agree that physical education has slipped, even since I've graduated, but taking literal propaganda at face value is pretty dopey.

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u/ethana18 Dec 09 '21

I seriously doubt this was the norm for highschools back then. Im willing to put money on this being some athletic program for a school that puts out major athletes.

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u/thegoldenboy909 Dec 09 '21

everyone knows damn well their great grandparents weren't doing any of this shit, they were smoking in the back of school and eating bologna sandwiches on wonder bread. this looks like propaganda to scare the soviets.

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u/MD_Yoro Dec 09 '21

Technically if we go even further back, people in HS were already riding horses and charging into battle…

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u/timesnack Dec 09 '21

Gotta get ready for ‘nam!

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u/the_bitter_end_ Dec 08 '21

Being fit is great and we need to bring that back. But also realize that the reason the government was focusing on this back then was wanting young men to be in shape to get sent off for some meat grinder, pointless war abroad. A lot of those young men in that video probably bled out in Vietnam for absolutely nothing.

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