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One of my kid brother Max's Christmas presents, courtesy of my ex, was The Dangerous Book for Boys. (I wholeheartedly approved this gift.) Max, reading about it, learned that there was a companion volume, The Daring Book for Girls.

"I should get that!" he said seriously. "Then I'd know what kind of skills girls have!"

The sounds of his sister quietly having hysterics and having to be supressed like the guinea pig in Alice in Wonderland were fortunately lost to posterity.

I have a very, very bad mind.

ETA: Further moments in sibling bonding...

I got Max the Lego Star Wars game for the PS2, which he has been playing enthusiastically (you get to hack stuff up with a lightsaber, but they fall into lego pieces, so it's apparently okay.) We get a blow-by-blow account, as one might expect. He was very upset to find himself playing Anakin.

"I don't want to be Anakin!"

"Don't worry," I said soothingly, "we know you're a much better actor..."

Later on, as I was writing, I got "Guess who I'm now--I'm--that one guy--you know! With the purple lightsaber!"

"Mace Windu," I said automatically, not looking up.


I became aware of the sudden loud silence behind me as my mother nobly refrained from laughing at my geekery. Tom didn't even try.

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I think boys and girls need both books, I mean I want my son to be able to turn any pup tent into a beauty salon, and my daughter to be able to tie decent knots during the sleep-over bondage games. :)

I am told, on a related note, that Boy Scouts are all closet perverts.

Whereas those of us who never were boy scouts are perverts quite openly? Yeah, sounds about right.

Lies! I was a scout (well, cub scout, I left the states and never made it to the actual boy scouts) and I'm open about my perversions.

More pyromaniacs than perverts. But there is probably a lot of overlap.

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