In days of yore when I was a kid, (before the advent of minivans with dvd players) when the family went on long car trips staying entertained was a real chore. True, asking “are we there yet” repeatedly might hasten arrival at one’s destination at least ten or twenty percent, but still that meant many dull hours left staring out the windows. If dad became aware of our boredom he might point out an interesting sight…’oh, look there’s a water tower’, or ‘guys if you look at the dashboard you’ll see that the odometer is going to roll over from 49,999 miles to 50,000 in six tenths of a mile’….But otherwise it was up to my brother and I to provide our own entertainment.
I recall one thing we used to do on such trips was to lean forward and extend one’s arm forward when approaching a state line and snottily announce “I was in Kentucky (or Iowa or wherever) before you were.” On one occasion I recall stopping at a rest stop located a few yards from a state line where my brother and I jumped back and forth over the state line saying things like “how are things over in [whatever state]?”
Were we the only kids that did this? Any other drollery you can recall associated with jurisdictional boundaries? (edit: and for the purposes of this discussion we will not consider ‘my side of the back seat’ to be a bona fide jurisdictional boundary)