I remember that time Punky Brewster and her friends played hide and seek, leading to her friend Cherie hiding in an old refrigerator. SHE ALMOST DIED, KIDS. SHE ALMOST SUFFOCATED. Thus, a generation learned that hiding in old, abandoned appliances was a terrible idea. It was very special, in an episodic kind of way.
I cannot say for sure whether u/reddwings had Cherie’s lifeless body lying in an alley on their mind when coming up with a question for Ask Reddit, but it’s the first thing I thought of. So, when did a game of hide and seek go horribly wrong?
Not exactly horribly wrong if you ask me. But when i was younger. Like about 3 or so, my great grandmother was watching my younger brother, some cousins , and I. She decided hide and seek was a great idea since we all werent able to open any doors without her help. Well I found this perfect spot tucked between the wall and a couch with a small coffee table between the arm of the couch and that wall. So i got under the coffee table. Well i got too comfy and i fell asleep (back then i was a hard sleeper). My great grandma gets so worried that i somehow got out of the house when i wouldnt respond to her calling out for me she called the cops. The fire department shows up first and start asking her questions about what happened and all the basics. They decided to do a quick sweep of the house and make sure. Well one of the firemen seen a little shadow move under the coffee table (me) and asked if my grams had a dog. She didnt. So the search was over, and my grams never wanted to play hide and seek again with me. And that kids is how i earned the nickname Hidey.
When I was about 8 years old my little brother who was 6 at the time and my little sister who was 3 years old, were playing some type of easy hide and seek in my grandparents’ back yard. Well there are woods behind their house. Our sister being a defiant toddler ran into the woods and my brother just saw her run in and ran in after her. They were in the woods for hours because she ran in so deep and they both got turned around. Our brother found a hunting post, climbed up it into the tree, and found a way out. They then knocked on doors, covered in dirt and scratched up, until someone answered. A woman gave them a ride back because our brother was able to point out landmarks to get back to our grandmother’s house. They got back while my mother was on the phone with the cops. They were discussing a helicopter to find them. We were ‘this’ close to an amber alert. They walked a collective two to three miles. They could have gone miles deeper into rural woods if they didn’t keep going one way and find the post. So yeah watch your damn kids lol. Telling them “Don’t go into the woods” does not guarantee they will listen.
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One of my friends was playing hide and seek in a big group at his place when he was like 13 or 14. Their garage was an absolute mess. Like, completely packed with all sorts of random shit (enough so that you had to walk on top of/ through things), so he decided that it’d be a fantastic place to hide, but just to add another layer of difficulty to it, he decided to hide by laying down on some of the beams above the track for the garage door. At some point he lost his balance and fell about 10 feet down onto a pile of bikes, trash bags full of clothes, car parts, etc. While he was falling he desperately tried to grab hold of the beam he was on and instead managed to barely reach the track for the garage door.
His first finger on his left hand made contact right on the last knuckle before his fingertip and that portion of the garage door track had a v shape to it and severed it cleanly. He landed on the pile of junk bleeding and screaming and he was rushed to the hospital. Some of his family searched for a while to find his finger tip hoping the doctors would be able to reattach it, and they found it still cradled in the v shaped portion of the track. Unfortunately, they didn’t know to put it on ice. We sometimes now refer to him as “nine and three-quarters” since thats how many fingers he has.
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