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07-01-2013 07:40 AM
planalp Excerpt from a Wikipedia article about Elvis Presley's "Memphis Mafia."

I have a new-found respect for the man.......


Playing dangerous games

When they rented the Rainbow Rollerdrome in Memphis, Elvis and the "Memphis Mafia" usually played "a game called 'War', of which Elvis was the proud inventor. ... There were two teams, and the object of the game was to knock over as many members of the opposing team as possible by any means." Another game was called the 'Whip' game. "Elvis's idea of an exciting game was that it should be as dangerous as possible", such as the game that involved fireworks. "Some of the Memphis Mafia would buy up to $15,000 worth of fireworks in today's money, including skyrockets, baby giants, firecrackers, and ... chasers, which moved rapidly and unpredictably until they exploded. Since the emphasis was on large and potentially lethal fireworks, everyone had to wear air force jump-suits plus gloves, helmets, and goggles. When they were all dressed up, they divided themselves into Blue and Red teams, and started hurling fireworks at the other team ... Elvis was left with a big scar on his neck from one firework, and one of his friends nearly lost an eye."[28]




06-27-2013 08:50 AM
planalp



06-27-2013 12:19 AM
justjeff I would have just turned 8. Now if I could just find the truck keys I have been looking for for two days.
jj
06-26-2013 10:52 PM
650Stew
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In the early 70's there were some kids sleeping in their backyard in a tent. Some neighbor kids threw firecrackers over the fence and caught the tent on fire. One kid died and the other two were badly burned. If memory serves it happened in Edmonton. Soon after firecrackers were banned and fireworks were severely restricted across Canada. That was not the only incident but was the straw.
Regards....justjeff
So they were legal here once? The only ones I've ever seen were a few that my uncle brought back from the States when he was on a bike trip... A couple of my friends and I set them off with great ceremony when we were kids, none of us had ever fired one off before. I remember thinking, this wick will burn slowly and give me lots of time to throw it... Not!

Though that pales in comparison to the time I lit an Estes rocket engine in my hand... That was a really bad idea!

Edit: Found the article on the net Jeff, they were banned September 27, 1972 after the tent incident. Heck, you have a better memory than me! I was only 4 in 72 though.

Sorry for the hijack Planalp, we now return to our regularly scheduled thread...
06-26-2013 10:06 PM
justjeff
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Wow! I could spend a crapload of money there!

Our selection here is very (very!) limited... Were not even allowed fire crackers.
In the early 70's there were some kids sleeping in their backyard in a tent. Some neighbor kids threw firecrackers over the fence and caught the tent on fire. One kid died and the other two were badly burned. If memory serves it happened in Edmonton. Soon after firecrackers were banned and fireworks were severely restricted across Canada. That was not the only incident but was the straw.
Regards....justjeff
06-26-2013 08:38 PM
650Stew Wow! I could spend a crapload of money there!

Our selection here is very (very!) limited... Were not even allowed fire crackers.
06-26-2013 08:32 PM
Garry_Kramer Sounds like you need a forklift to get your order.

Garry
06-26-2013 06:53 AM
nearace many of these are illegal in canada,but when I travel south I tend to bring some back with me.
06-26-2013 01:16 AM
planalp
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I'd be broke in a matter of hours!!!!
I actually don't buy too many fireworks these days, usually just the big artillery shells if anything, but fireworks stores are just extremely cool. Most of them are open year-round, but only out-of-state residents can buy 365 days a year. I'll go in during the off-season when the stores are quiet just to browse the excellent package artwork......

http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/firecracker-labels/



06-26-2013 12:18 AM
justjeff Hmmmm.....Didn't see any NO SMOKING signs!!
jj
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