In my days of youth (late-'80’s), a lot of us high-schoolers had a tradition. When a bunch of us were in a car, and spotted an oncoming car with only one headlight (this was in central PA–fixing your broken headlights was optional), the first person to see it shouted “PADIDDLE!”, punched the roof of the car, then punched the nearest person in the car. Everyone seemed to do this–I even remember doing it on the bus home from basketball games. It was the nearest thing we had to a universal sport.
A couple questions. What does “padiddle” mean–is it a nonsense word, or did someone else somewhere use the word to mean “a car with only one headlight working?” Secondly, was this game played in other parts of the country, perhaps under different titles?
Oh yeah, and when will we see a televised national Professional Padiddle League? There’s televised professional everything else in this country, up to and including roller derby and lacrosse, so it’s gotta happen.