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The Physical Challenge

January 17, 2009 by BLAKEBUCK

On your mark.  Get set.Few things on this earth please me as much as watching a solid episode of the Nickelodeon classic “Double Dare”.  Sure, remedy I might be a little too old vats of slime and a pudding slide, but there’s something to be said for the sheer visceral excitement of the obstacle course.

Eight cream-filled obstacles to conquer in sixty-seconds, all the while the Double Dare theme blaring at max volume and Mark Summers along with a full studio audience of kids screaming at the top of their lungs.  The small studio setup also meant that the entire course was filmed with only one camera and no cuts: an intense almost first-person thrill that keeps the adrenaline pumping.

Most of the time the kids lost, but it didn’t matter.  You were lost deep in a frenzy of colors and sounds, a sort of pre-teen LSD.  Behold 90s game show transcendence!

You can now die knowing you will never witness anything that exciting ever again.


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