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Monday, September 14, 2009

Boys will be Boys

My best friend's house was filled with boys- her own two, and an invited friend to stay the night. They had been tearing around the house for hours, and she had finally gotten them settled in front of the television watching Mythbusters. They were quiet for the first time since getting up in the morning.

Mythbusters, in case you haven't heard of it, is a television show where they take commonly believed myths and put them to the test. In this particular episode, they set out to prove whether or not it was possible for you to actually sneeze your eyeballs out. The conclusion was that if your eyes were open when you sneezed, you could sneeze your eyeballs out, but it wouldn't ever happen because your eyes automatically closed.

Apparently, this had to be put to the test. After realizing that the boys had been quiet for TOO long, my friend came into the kitchen to find them surrounding the pepper shaker. The oldest was instructing the others to hold his eyelids up while he sniffed the pepper to try to sneeze.

My friend asked the obvious question, "WHAT are you doing?"

The three boys simply responded with the obvious answer, "Trying to sneeze our eyeballs out."

She stared at them a moment, then finally had to ask, "What were you planning on doing if you succeeded?"

I have girls. They have seen Mythbusters. They talk about the show on occasion. Not once have I ever caught them trying to experiment for themselves. This must be a boy thing.


At September 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

They asked the other day if I'd help them make homemade gun powder. Why? Because they want to see if you can power a car engine with it. I know why Mythbusters tells the viewer NEVER to try what they see on the show at home.


At September 15, 2009 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I was just telling by brother this story last night...now I can forward it to him, with all the correct details.

This very brother still has 2 beebees in his hand from a time he shot his hand. Since he didn't want to tell our parents what he had done, the beebees remain in his hand to this day. He is in his mid 30s now. Interestingly enough..his actual name is Schott.

At September 15, 2009 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Julie said...

See, my girls have NEVER had a conversation with me that involved gunpowder as a subject. Ever.

At October 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM , Blogger KMJ said...

That is funny, and sooooo could happen at my house. It IS a boy think. We don't teach them to think like that!


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