goo Rankings published another one of their silly yet slightly unsettling polls recently, when they looked at what things are impossible to do now that they are an adult. The original Japanese version is phrased to have a suggestion of regret, I feel. The survey was conducted between the 18th and 20th of December last year.
I can’t really imagine the thought processes that are required to make hopping in the bath with their parents the second most notable thing that adults cannot do.
Q: What did you do as a child, but just can’t do any more?
Rank Action Score 1 Believe in Santa Claus 100 2 Get in the bath with parents 97.3 3 Wear thin clothing in winter 94.6 4 Eat the fruit or nectar of plants by the roadside 84.6 5 Handle insects 77.6 6 Hold hands with parents 76.5 7 Play under the blazing sun 75.3 8 Have a cute hairstyle (pony tail, braids, pudding bowl, etc) 75.3 9 50 metre dash 71.3 10 Do a backward roll on a bar 65.4 11 Remember things 61.3 12 Remember numeric date mnemonics 57.7 13 Play in water or mud 53.2 14 Have a real ding-dong argument 46.6 15 Dream of being a hero or heroine 45.5 16 Pester or cajole 42.8 17 Kanji 38.7 18 Cry in front of people 38.5 19 Express things freely (eg, at play) 37.6 20 Calculations, mental arithmetic 34.8