Throwing rocks with friends. Your little sister or brother, not to be left out, threw a rock straight up, it landed on their head. Activities ended predictably, when sister or brother went home crying.
“You were supposed to be watching your sibling. What kind of example were you setting? Did you see that big bump on your little brother’s noggin? No more rock throwing. Up to your room, young man!”
Sub-zero winter temperatures, media outlets showed people throwing pans of boiling water into the air, demonstrating water’s immediate vaporization.
More that a half-dozen imitators were injured attempting the same stunt. “Don’t try this at home.” How many times has that been said?
Peppa Pig and friends, a cartoon, popular among toddlers, and the younger set. The characters speak in British dialect. Parents have been surprised by their toddlers doing things “straightaway,” wanting to go on “holiday.”
Mimicry could be far worse. Ersatz Road Runners, “Beep-beeped,” on playgrounds all over the country in the sixties.
“Hey, Hey, Boo Boo.” Of course that was Yogi Bear, the famed picnic basket scavenger from Jellystone Park.
Bad Donald Duck imitators were among the worst.
Porky, long before Peppa, stuttered. Don’t stand near imitators, for fear of inevitable spittle baths, from all those “P’s.” in P-P-Porky P-P-Pig.