In the latest in a series of alarmist false trend stories that have been increasingly popping up in the mainstream media, ABC news has reported on a wonderful new phenomenon in the United States called "sack tapping," in which young dudes covertly punch each other in the balls.
From the article:
In the game of "sack tapping" or "ball tapping," as it is called, a boy will try to slap or flick the groin of another boy to inflict discomfort or pain.
Nothing new there, but apparently there are hundreds of videos on YouTube of men and boys slapping their sacks around.
The article then goes on to explain that the punches have getting harder and harder over the years and interviews medical professionals and psychologists in the attempt to ascertain why men enjoy inflicting pain on their testicles, throwing around buzz words like "dominance" and "central organs."
One kid even had his right testicle amputated because it took such a huge hit.
Here's my question:
What did you do as kids to hurt each other in the schoolyard?
As an American kid growing up in the mid-1990s, we did the following:
Pull a kid's underwear up from the back with the intent of getting in stuck in his buttcrack.
Twist someone's arm around their head until they can't take it anymore and cry "Mercy!"
This one's tough: kids who possessed the power of covertly shooting saliva from the back of their throats -- coating everyone and everything around them -- were kings of the schoolyard.
This one really hurts: Hold the index and middle fingers together on your right hand, swing your wrist and thump kids in the forehead. If you do it correctly, you can leave a huge purple welt.
The "O" Game
Make a small "o" using your thumb and forefinger and hold it below your waist. Alert another kid, and if they look at it, you get to punch them anywhere you want.
I'm really interested in what kids from other countries -- especially China -- did to torment each other.
So talk about it!