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damessinger 29 points ago +29 / -0

I remember those drills quite well and you are correct in saying they are the same thing as the mask - meant to instill fear and they did just that.

2020voter 15 points ago +15 / -0

Ha! I remember, as well. Good times, there was always one kid that farted Everytime 😂

ElectricLion 15 points ago +15 / -0

I'm too young to have experienced them firsthand, but we did have earthquake drills where we had to go under our desks. And yes, someone ALWAYS farted and everyone would laugh.

2020voter 4 points ago +4 / -0

Bahahaha!! Funny we still remember those things 😅

AmericanScholar373 7 points ago +7 / -0

Fart noises are far superior to what the commies consider comedy today

momster2 1 point ago +1 / -0

We had earthquake drills too in SoCal.

Alternate_ID 7 points ago +7 / -0

We did the drills for fire and tornados, as a kid in 70’s and 80’s. We didn’t do them for earthquakes though. Or for nuclear war.

I do remember though, that all the way until about 30- I had dreams about nuclear war, and I was always in my little private school classroom, where I had spend most of my life, when the bomb ultimately hit. Probably bc the movies and stuff they made in the 80’s seeped a little too deep into my psyche.

I had a dream the other night that we got bombed, as in us in our house. Not a nuke, but a bomb that would destroy us just the same. I knew it wouldn’t help, but I was trying to usher 4 of us into a tiny little closet.

Think this dream was for two reasons: 1) the state of the world today, and 2) our house, in the middle of nowhere, is directly under a flight lane, and a couple of times lately there have been much larger than usual planes flying overhead, and they sound even lower than the puddle jumpers.

But yea- it’s all prime conditioning. For the first time ever I’ve been thinking about how much of that was even true

TruthSeeker_6 2 points ago +2 / -0

I would have been that kid. In basic training during a locker inspection that lasted hours, i could not hold it anymore from the quality food we are served. I let it slip quietly while the MTL was inspecting another kids locker across the room. He decided to take a lap and walked right through it. Immediately he yells, which one of you males busted ass. I tried to stay silent, and he threatened to put the entire flight on our face if someone did not come forward. So, I did. Then I had to do pushups in front of the entire flight screaming "I WILL NOT FART" at the top of every pushup. Do you know how hard it is to use your muscles when every fiber in your being is trying to bust out laughing. Let alone all the other guys trying not to laugh themselves. Oh, those were good times! :)

Ratdog900 2 points ago +2 / -0

Ha ha I was born in 55 didn't have that drill good thing probably would have beef me

merf 10 points ago +10 / -0

Getting a person to do a small thing is the first step to getting them to do bigger things.

Antenna 4 points ago +4 / -0

We had to actually be under our desks. Were told it was a safer place to be in a nuclear explosion.

Junionthepipeline 1 point ago +1 / -0

It helps keep you away from the flying glass.

mengderen 1 point ago +1 / -0

We were blessed with metal desks.. Everything was cool with me until I read Alas Babylon, then On the Beach....then the Missiles of October really happened and I remember vividly JFKs speech to the nation...I lived near Offutt Air Base and I KNEW I had 24 hours to live... 🤢

amarQ144 3 points ago +3 / -0

Ya got to admit it had a high success rate!

MrPresident46 1 point ago +1 / -0

I grew up in CA and endured these in the early 60's. I remember clearly thinking even as a small child that there was no way hiding under desks would be of any real benefit during an atomic strike.

GreatWhiteHopium 20 points ago +20 / -0

Little known fact nowadays that the shockwave and intense heat from an old atomic bomb will harmlessly pass over and around a person curled up in a ball on the floor.

Feelsgoodman 4 points ago +4 / -0


Cucker_Carlson 16 points ago +16 / -0

hahaha I've been yelling "DUCK AND COVER! DUCK AND COVER!" Out the car window at out-door masktards. Great fun!

MahaYoshi 9 points ago +9 / -0

You’ve just given me a new hobby!

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Halya 10 points ago +10 / -0

Remember this well. They should be under the desks. We also had drills on how long it takes us to run home, drills to the local fallout shelter and to the church crypt.

I remember during the Cuban missile crisis when they said Kennedy was in bed sick, I ran into my room huddled into the corner praying and crying.

sidhe007 11 points ago +11 / -0

They were still doing that in the 60s when I was in elementary school. To this day, whenever I see a tall flag blowing in a bright blue sky on a chilly day I ALWAYS flash back to taking that position on the school playground during a drill. Don't know why. I wasn't scared that I recall. But it was the only time I was outside during a drill and I remember peeking up, looking for bombs and seeing the flag in the sky.

ChessNotCheckers 8 points ago +8 / -0

If those kids were wearing masks, they'd be safe from both covid AND atom bombs

ovitz 7 points ago +7 / -0

Been saying this for a year. Bravo!

MegoThor 6 points ago +6 / -0

Unlike masks, crawling under a desk never hurt anybody. Camel-La is living proof.

7ate9 5 points ago +5 / -0

one picture is worth a thousand words

gobby 3 points ago +3 / -0

They are supposed to be under the desks.

swimkin 3 points ago +3 / -0

Oh yeah. I remember those drills. I went to an elementary school next to the Wilson Bridge in VA.

I remember I had to try and sit so all the boys in my class wouldn't try and look up my dress when I went down on the floor

There was NO way we would have survived any atomic bombing of DC since our school bordered the Potomac River.

Back then it was scary for little kids who were old enough to understand it. I was younger than 12 so I didn't particularly understand the entire situation.

But there was an announcement on TV about the Cuban Missile Crisis and my sister who was a year and a half older told me to shut up and just screamed that we were all gonna die. That actually did get my attention!

TruthDefenseForce 3 points ago +3 / -0

Want to go down a fun rabbit hole? Determine if nuclear weapons are even real. I think they are but it's an interesting thought experiment anyway.

skeletorcares 2 points ago +2 / -0

It is not. If there is a blast this is for people on the outskirts of it, to protect them from falling debris and windows breaking. Clearly if you're at the epicenter... This is useless.

WestCelt 2 points ago +2 / -0

yeah I participated in a few of those. but that dangers was many times more dangerous than this bug, if it even exists.

chachi 2 points ago +2 / -0

We were still doing that in the early 80s

VoatAnon1984 2 points ago +2 / -0

That teacher is going to get blasted away! How reckless!

SurelyShirley 2 points ago +2 / -0

I recall doing this in the early ‘60s in elementary school. And trying to understand how a bomb could hurt me without damaging the building.

Junionthepipeline 2 points ago +2 / -0

The shockwave goes pretty far.your more hoping to avoid the glass ,and hopefully whatever part of the building collapsed

PaNix 2 points ago +2 / -0

I would be mad as hell if I was there and someone farted. 🤣🤣 Good morning yall! Hope everyone has a good day!

GoldenFlame 2 points ago +2 / -0

Bert the turtle was very alert!

Cucker_Carlson 2 points ago +2 / -0

Get ready for the fake news articles, though: "Why Mask Mandates Are Nothing Like Duck and Cover". xD

Riderxlt 1 point ago +1 / -0

I think they will need to bring them back I am afraid. There is a FF in our future to take the news of what is coming with the election. Of course that is what COVID is for today.

RevolutionCatalyst 1 point ago +1 / -0

They stayed like that for 8 hours ?

Aspie 1 point ago +1 / -0

They didn't do that when I was in school. It may have had something to do with the fact that the school was within the blast radius of a major base that would have been near the top of the Russian list.

Tailgunner49 1 point ago +1 / -0

Hah during one of these drills someone slammed a door near me - I thought that was it 🤣

Mountaing8 1 point ago +1 / -0

The teacher would say, "Drop!"

Dudemanfoo 1 point ago +1 / -0

I remember doing that. And being scared shitless about Ebola back in the 70s.

They are about creating fear in order to control.

BetsyRossRocks 1 point ago +1 / -0

My Elementary Building actually had a basement bomb shelter that we went into. Not sure if they had provisions though.

AmericanScholar373 1 point ago +1 / -0

Abolish Government Schools

numina18 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah, I did that in first and second grade, if I remember correctly. Maybe later. I was a child.It was scary. I lived near an AFB, and every time a plane flew over I thought they were going to drop a bomb on us. It never ended.

Miztivin 1 point ago +1 / -0


Wow haha. No wonder why a lot of older people I know are prepers.

At least it worked out to our benefit. Got a couple of generations of really prepared, politically alert people.

ArmyLady 1 point ago +1 / -0

Lived in a rural area, went to a small public school. We never did this! We did recite the Pledge every morning.