Source – They may be a big hit at kids’ birthday parties, but inflatable bounce houses can be dangerous as the number of injuries soaring in recent years. Kids often crowd into bounce houses, and jumping up and down can send other children flying into the air, too. The numbers suggest 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents. Most involve children falling inside or out of the inflated playthings, and many children get hurt when they collide with other bouncing kids. The number of children aged 17 and younger who got emergency-room treatment for bounce house injuries has climbed along with the popularity of bounce houses – from fewer than 1,000 in 1995 to nearly 11,000 in 2010. That’s a 15-fold increase, and a doubling just since 2008.
I can already see exactly where this is going. Pretty soon there’s going to be some cunty mother whose son breaks his face in a bouncy castle, she’s going to get all outraged and start some movement to have them banned, then a bunch of other cunty mothers are going to join the fight and before you know it kids won’t be able to enjoy a treasured American pastime. If there was a “Pussification of America” prediction pool than I’d draft the bouncy castle as my first pick.
Look, kids get fucked up in these things. It’s like stepping into the Thunderdome. Nobody said they’re safe but the bottom-line is that they build character and toughness. And if there are two things that the youth of this country desperately needs it’s character and toughness. I might even go as far as saying that my struggles and injuries in various bouncy castles made me the man I am today. Sure, you’re gonna take your lumps. You’re gonna get banged up and there are gonna be other kids who you might have to throw down with. But at the end of the day pain heals, chicks dig scars, and bouncy castle glory lasts forever.