BEST CHEAP THRILL - 2005
While elementary school gym class conjures plenty of horrifying and humiliating memories, some of its traditions hold up surprisingly well. For just a couple of bucks you can buy your very own red rubber ball and airbrush the shame out of that childhood nostalgia. For example, dodge ball is much more fun without those sadistic little bastards around. Play four square in its usual varieties (remember Lava and High Bounce?) or make up your own rules ("Before you hit the ball, you have to shout the name of your favorite porn star, okay? No repeats!"). The classic is still kickball, complete with arguments over the legitimacy of force-outs and how bouncy the pitch should be. The best part is that 20 or 30 inactive years really levels the talent gap on the playing field (you hear that, Mr. Presidential Fitness Award?).