Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kids: DON'T do the funky chicken

For fans of Chris Morris's legendary series Brass Eye - "Deadly game reaches NZ children":

Education authorities are warning of a deadly choking game that has reached New Zealand.

The fad, which has plagued America and Britain for years, has now made its way to Hawke's Bay playgrounds, Hawke's Bay Today reported.

[...] Campaign group Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play said up to 458 children in the US and 86 in Britain had been killed this way.

It was known by several names including "space monkey" and "funky chicken".

Right. In other news, when will politicians take seriously the epidemic of CAKE?

Meanwhile, headline of the day:

Kinky.

18 comments:

  1. Heh, I'd forgotten about Shatner's Bassoon.

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  2. This was happening in Hamilton in 1980.

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  3. Pretty sure I remember my mum telling me kids did this back in the 60's..

    Also does this mean no kids are doing butane or datura or noz any more?

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  4. Back in my day school kids played 'steal some beers from your stepdad' and 'smoke a joint down the back field', none of this kinky Michael Hutchence shit.

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  5. My friends and I played this in the 70s. It was cool - one time my vision was monochrome for five minutes after I woke up. Trippy.

    I loved this bit:
    "Warning signs that students may have tried the game included bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck, frequent severe headaches and disorientation after spending time alone."

    Sounds like the signs someone had spent time alone with my old headmaster in his office, but they forgot the bleeding arsehole...

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  6. Yep, the funky chickens of today will grow up to be the old 'asphyxy-wankers' of tomorrow.

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  7. Hmm, to borrow a phrase from the Herald's property experts, do we think the brief resumption in blogging in Jan and Feb was merely a 'dead cat bounce'? If so, thanks for the ride Jimmy. Hopefully you get to sell out one day so that your bearded face can be printed alongside columns ranting about how foam raves just aren't what they used to be...

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  8. The Herald has experts? They hide it well.

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  9. Pfft. Cake is for amateurs. Jenkem is what all the cool kids are doing now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenkem

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  10. "Hmm, to borrow a phrase from the Herald's property experts, do we think the brief resumption in blogging in Jan and Feb was merely a 'dead cat bounce'?"

    Analysts believe the dead cat has now lost its New Year momentum, and despite repeated flogging no significant resumption of movement is expected until well into the 2nd quarter.

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  11. I think he tried the Funky Chicken.

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  12. The leaky-building crisis is New Zealand's most expensive catastrophe, but it will enrich the Government by at least $2 billion, says a study commissioned by the North Shore City Council. The study puts the cost of rotting homes as three times that of the annual road toll and more than any natural event.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10634414

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  13. Thanks for the blog James. It was always a great read. Best of luck to you in whatever you're up to now.

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  14. Yup, it's April in twelve hours. Last one out turn off the lights...

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  15. Oh lawd, a challenger appears!

    http://dognewz.wordpress.com/

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  17. I like the campaign group "Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play"

    GASP - won't someone think of the children?!

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