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Can adults use a Slip 'N Slide?

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Author's Note:Can adults use a Slip 'N Slide?

I must have been one of the three children in the U.S. who didn't spend summer afternoons careening down a Slip 'N Slide. My recent excitement at filling in this missing childhood memory was, however, tempered when my research uncovered the rash of Slip 'N Slide spinal injuries that cropped up during the 1990s. Naturally, I rushed to the store to see if I could still purchase a Slip 'N Slide. Then I let my two youngest daughters spend an afternoon (injury-free, thank goodness) enjoying run/flop/slide antics. Duly warned by the CPSC, I abstained from any Slip 'N Slide activities. Funny, though, I did expect the Kool-Aid Man -- that beloved "spokespitcher" of the mid-1970s -- to burst through the backyard fence, sugary refreshment in hand.

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  • Denmead, Ken. "Build an Awesome DIY Slip'N Slide for Summer Fun." Wired. June 6, 2012. (June 14, 2013) http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/06/diy-slip-and-slide/
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