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Paul W. Smith
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“ Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ”

In the 1960s, there was a play and then movie called “Bye Bye Birdie” about the age-old generational misunderstanding and lack of communication between kids and adults. Paul Lynde sang a song, simply called, “Kids!”

It has occurred to me that the lyrics of the song apply to today, nearly 60 years later. The first line of the song is, simply, “Kids!, I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today!”

The song came to mind the other day when I saw a list of really stupid (and dangerous) social media challenges currently injuring and killing America’s kid’s.

Please discuss and dissuade kids, grand kids, nieces and nephews from doing any of these dangerous activities just in an effort to get “great video” on social media.

The Fire Challenge: Spraying or pouring a flammable liquid on your self, and lighting yourself on fire.

I’m not making this up.

The Hot Water Challenge: Pour hot water on yourself, or another person, or drink it through a straw and, no surprise, people are getting seriously injured.

The Choking Game: Participants get choked in order to get a temporary high. Unfortunately, there is apparently a fine line between that “high” and death, and many kids have crossed that line and died.

The Salt and Ice Challenge: They pour salt on a part of there body, and then place ice on the salt. Participants see how long they can withstand the extreme burning that follows, along with the possible third-degree burns and frostbite.

The Eraser Challenge: You erase your skin while saying the alphabet, coming up with a word for each letter.

“Kids! I don’t know what’s wrong with these kid’s today.”

Paul W. Smith is host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.