Thursday, February 4, 2010

Double Dare: Physical Challenge

You may remember the game show Double Dare that aired on Nickelodeon. It was a definite favorite at the Johnson house when we were kids. Some say it was the program that put Nickelodeon on the map. A claim like that doesn't give classics like Rugrats, Wild and Crazy Kids, and my personal favorite Hey Dude enough credit.

Double Dare was hosted by this guy (Marc Summers):

During the show they would have physical challenges. These challenges usually were messy and very entertaining. They often included water, green slime, or whipped cream.

Recently during a reading session as we prepared for nap we found an extra pacifier. Lucy thought it would be a good idea if daddy gave it a try. I was reminded of the physical challenges on Double Dare as I attempted to read Doctor Seuss with a pacifier in my mouth. Although, our "challenge" was much cleaner than those on the show it felt equally challenging.

The Cat in the Hat (pictured below) had some challenging lines, "The Sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day." S-words proved to be the most challenging with a pacifier in my mouth, and ultimately The Cat in the Hat proved manageable.

The stakes where really raised, or to include one last Double Dare reference, I felt like we were going through the ultimate physical challenge...The Obstacle Course (the final challenge of the show where the contestant was given 60 seconds to complete 8 obstacles), when we started reading Sesame Street and... Mr. Snuffleupagus (full name Aloysius Snuffleupagus)!?!?!?


  1. LOVED Double Dare! :) And I just laughed out loud remembering Hey Dude. That needs to be on TV again! The reruns would be awesome to watch. Wasn't Ben Stiller's wife one of the girls on that show? Happy Friday - love you guys!!

  2. "Hey Dude"! I haven't thought about that show in forever...I love it. Anything that was on Nick "back in the day"! WHERE are the reruns? And as far as today's Nick goes, I think Andy & I like "Back at the Barnyard" better than Ethan. We are so done with "Bob" and "Thomas" on PBS, but I fear we have years more of that with the twins too!

  3. Too funny, Paul! I also loooved "Hey Dude" so it looks like the show made its way through the generations of the Johnson clan with popular interest.

    I am also VERY impressed with your ability to read Dr. Suess with a pacifier in your mouth! I often get tongue tied by his books without having any dares brought to my table : ).

    I hope you guys have a great weekend.
    Thinking of you always!
    (Aunt) Beth