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Parents, don't let your kids do this
2008-07-06 16:37
by Bob Timmermann

In the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, resides a book titled The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children. It was published in 1823.

The book tells parents and children what to watch out for, such as "Playing with horses", "Worrying dogs," "Crossing Streets," and "Falling out of Coaches."

However, there are two that are timeless and oddly funny in this day and age "Playing with Knives" and "Playing with Fire-Arms."

There's some good solid advice in there.

These links came from Room 26 Cabinet of Curiousities via This Book is For You.

2008-07-06 16:54:45
1.   DXMachina
It says one shouldn't play with forks, either. I wonder what the author would've thought of sporks.

For that matter, a band named the Young Adults once opined that "A Power Tool Is Not a Toy."

2008-07-06 17:01:50
2.   ABreck
If only I'd seen this before sending one of my kids to Show and Tell with an Uzi...

live and learn...

or not.

2008-07-06 17:04:47
3.   Chyll Will
1 I'll bet the house-maid would've found them mildly irritating.

For that matter, children putting their little heads together, procuring small cannons and gunpowder, going forth to some un-frequented place and firing it off for hours; though far more industrious than the average child of today's generation, is a very annoying thought, and should not be encouraged. (Unless it has to do with noisy neighbors; then I would consider hiring you...>;)

2008-07-06 17:12:33
4.   Chyll Will
I wonder if Baseball Prospectus 2008 would give a child a taste for learning, or at the least encourage them in virtuous habits? (so much for "The Juice" >;)
2008-07-06 17:22:32
5.   Greg Brock
Willie Mays taught me not to play with blasting caps.
2008-07-06 17:30:41
6.   Andrew Shimmin
My sister stabbed me in the knee with a pair of pruning shears, once, when we were young. Still have the scar. I don't remember how it happened, but I probably deserved it.
2008-07-06 17:33:09
7.   Andrew Shimmin
She broke off the tip of a pencil in my arm, too. Never got the lead out, and it's still visible beneath the skin.

She was pretty stabby.

2008-07-06 17:39:00
8.   Greg Brock
6 7

It's all coming into focus now.

2008-07-06 18:26:41
9.   Chyll Will
6 ,7 Boning up for the shiv exam I bet. I passed fourth grade by demonstrating the many tactical uses of a graphic compass...
2008-07-06 18:37:57
10.   Icaros
Who knew that Andrew and Stan Marsh had the same sister?
2008-07-06 18:59:05
11.   Johnny Nucleo
What a great find. Priceless!

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