1. If you fart, you must say "safety."
2. If someone who farts does not say the magic word of "safety", someone else can say "doorknob"
3. The "doorknob" person can thwack the farter until farter runs to a door and touches the knob.
a. The door handle inside the car does not count as doorknob.
b. Pulling over to the side of the road and demanding the hitting stop is unfair because they're only "following the rules".
c. The threat of "stop hitting your brother or you walk home" usually works.
I thought my kids made up the safety/doorknob thing--its actually a standard middle-schoolish practice. Stay alert.
**whoops. According to Beth it's a very cold, very old trend.
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I'm posting this to make AngieW feel better. A child turned his head at the wrong moment while his mother held clippers. This is the aftermath (a professional performed the final butchery).
The child was not shunned by his friends and classmates. Eventually the hair grew back, although it's still too short.
Update on the addition: Everyone must go to angiew's blog and laugh at her. I add my own bitter laughter.
Why? because here I was so filled with pity for her trauma about her baby's haircut that I willingly showed the world how I'd turned my poor child into a Marine recruit/skinhead. I exposed my idiocy only because I was sure we'd shared pain and I wanted to help her Hold her Head up High again. I thought here is yet another mother who'd Made a Horrendous Mistake and had the experience of hearing gasps and "omigod, what have you done to your poor kid, you goober?"
But then. . . she posted the After pictures. Ha. It is to laugh.