How many remember duck and cover?

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    Totally non political discussion, or maybe it could be.

    Anyway how many of you all had to do those dumb "duck and cover" exercises in school?

    You know, the teacher would tell you it was "duck and cover" and you had to go under your desk, get on your knees, tuck your head in, and cover your neck or head.

    We had to do them, although I think I was at the tail end of that nonsense. It was the late 60s and they weren't even telling us WHY we had to do these drills. They just made us.

    Then one day in the nurses office, while waiting for my mother to pick me up (yeah I was sick), I read the posters on the wall under "In case of emergency."

    There was poster for fire, one for tornado, and one with the boldest lettering, "IN CASE OF NUCLEAR ATTACK."

    That's when, I figured it out. We had three safety drills, and there were three posters so that stupid, drill where we had to get under the desk was in case of nuclear attack!

    Anyone else remember those dumb drills?
     
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    What are you talking about? Duck and cover, as I recall it, is when Drill Sargent Edwards would yell "duck and cover" and you would have to IMMEDIATELY drop to your belly, tuck your chin into your chest and grab your balls. This was IMMEDIATELY followed by him yelling "recover" at which point you would JUMP to your feet and come to attention. Usually we did this routine ten times at a minimum.

    Over 20 years later I have not figured out how my hands would have protected my balls in the case of a nuclear attack.
     
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    Yep I remember them.
    Like hiding under your desk would help ;)

    I remember when polio vaccine came out for the masses.
    on a sugar cube for schoolchildren.

    My first 4 years of school was in a one room school with a potbellied stove in the middle.
    NO running water and outside toilets.
     
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    My fourth grade desk was the last defense between me and Soviet domination.

    I loved that desk.
     
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    I got the sugar cube too! Can't say my school was that primitive, but we did get those sugar cubes and we did have to do duck and cover.

    I never understood why anyone thought a school desk would protect you from a nuclear attack.

    I think it was like Big Sis's policy to cough into your sleeve. It's just propaganda, so it makes it look like the government is involved with your safety.

    "Hey, the government came up with this neat idea to protect you all!"

    Like the Emporer's New Clothes, only later does anyone speak up and say, "Hey this is really stupid!"
     
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    I went to Catholic school. We just said a prayer and got on with the day.
     
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    I clearly remember my teacher explaining to us that there is a map hanging on a wall in the Kremlin with a bull's eye over the upper Ohio River valley.

    "The Russians will want to knock out all our steel mills at the beginning of the war so we can't fight back!" she said.

    I used to day dream out the window and imagine the MiGs flying low out of the setting sun. they would form up over the hill just down river from our school and strafe the school yard before bombing our little town into oblivion.

    There was a room (later called the General Purpose room) filled with olive green barrels of water, cases of crackers and nutritional supplements. I suppose we were supposed to face eternity well filled with water and soda crackers.

    Now the steel mills are gone. I wonder if we could fight back.
     
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    We drilled at recess with guns to fight the evil commies when they finally came for us.
     
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    I love the smell of radioactive dust in the morning!
     
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    Our teachers didn't go that far. As a matter of fact, they didn't tell us what the drill was for.

    I found out for myself.
     

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