I'm the cool aunt, I'd better make this pretty damn funny since we vetoed the hookers and blow idea
August 4, 2012 10:35 PM Subscribe
Help me come up with a loooong list of newly-available opportunities conferred upon one's 18th birthday in the US beyond the obvious biggies. My niece is celebrating her 18th birthday with me, wants to take advantage of her new adult status, and I want to present her with a ludicrously long and goofy list of "celebratory options."
posted by desuetude to society & culture (21 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Sure, you can:
* Vote, run for office, make a will, file a lawsuit, serve on a jury, be charged with a crime as adult, get sued.
* Buy tobacco, porn, guns and ammo, lottery tickets, go to a strip club, work in a strip club, serve alcohol, go to 18+ nightclubs/concerts, get a tattoo, enter a contest.
* Take out a loan, get a credit card, buy a car, buy a house, rent an apartment, join membership clubs.
* No parental permission needed to get married, join the military, make private healthcare decisions, open or close bank accounts, get a piercing.
I'm looking for lots and lots of examples, they can be tongue-in-cheek, plausible, implausible, silly, of dubious value, whatever, it's all good.
Things like: random licenses for which she's now technically age-eligible, wacky rights thanks to antiquated laws still on the books, other vices now permitted, every contract you can think of, and everything you can think of that previously required parental consent.
As for local laws, we'll be in North Carolina on vacation.