When I was a kid, I had to walk to school uphill and in the snow… under the threat of nuclear annihilation


I, for one, am thrilled that North Korea has revved up its military machine and potentially has a nuke or two in its back pocket.

I grew up during the Cold War, figuring — and fearing — that any day the US and the mighty Soviet empire would missle each other to death with their powerful nuclear stockpiles. It was a daily fear, amplified by popular culture, that we’d all disintegrate in a red-hot radiation-filled blast — leaving only a shadow behind if you’re lucky. Well, it turned out the Soviet empire wasn’t all that mighty and the Cold War morphed into something altogether different.

Still, that doesn’t take away the fact that kids in my generation feared nuclear war over pretty much everything else. A 1985 Gallop poll suggested as much.

So, what do kids today fear? Apparently “AIDS” and “being threatened by a gun,” make it to the top of the list, according to CNN. So the top fear of teens amounts to an all-but-curable disease (Heck, when I was a kid, AIDS could kill you) and someone waving a firearm in your general direction. I’m surprised “spiders” didn’t make the grade.

What a bunch of nancies.

Thank goodness North Korea has emerged to put the fear of a good ol’ nuclear holocaust into the hearts of a new generation. If it was good enough for me, it’s good enough for you kids today.

Also, get off my lawn.

Photo from solidariat’s photostream used via the Creative Commons license.

One response to “When I was a kid, I had to walk to school uphill and in the snow… under the threat of nuclear annihilation

  1. LOL ~ Pretty funny stuff, Trent. I haven’t been visiting your blog as often as I should; sorry about that.

    See you in Chi-town this weekend for the big meet-up!

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