Childhood never really dies -- it just gets repressed. So while we're grinding away in an office from 9 to 5, we may allow ourselves some video games in our spare time, but we have to give up the really fun stuff -- the climbing, the jumping, the pretending to be at war with the Nazis in our backyard.
That is, unless you know where to look. Maybe it's time to reclaim your childhood at ...
The World War II Paintball Re-Enactment (Oklahoma)
When we talked about playing war above, some of you immediately said, "Well, we have paintball!" But it's just not the same when it's a dozen guys running around behind some hay bales. No, we were picturing something more ... large scale.
Fortunately there's Oklahoma D-Day, the massive paintball war in which you can get shot by a goddamned tank.
And this thing is much more durable than a real Sherman.
Oklahoma D-Day is, quite simply, the largest paintball game in the world. It's a recreation of World War II in paintball form, and it draws nearly 4,000 people annually. That's more than the British brought into the Battle of Bunker Hill.
It also contains significantly more giant American flags than Bunker Hill.
By taking the idea of war re-enactment to its absolute legal limits, Oklahoma D-Day faithfully recreates battles and scenarios from the Normandy landings in which participants go head to head against paintball tanks, paintball air raids, and paintball machine guns.
3rd Ranger Battalion
As well as hundreds of paintball bayonets* (*brushes).