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The Week Contest — Childhood guilt

Last week's question: An 83-year-old Salt Lake City man who was "wracked with guilt" over running out on a $1 restaurant tab when was he was just 10 recently returned to pay it off, with $4 extra to cover the interest. For what guilt-inducing act from your childhood would you like to make amends?

RESULTS:

THE WINNER: Trading my little brother's Mickey Mantle baseball collection for Yugo stockGene Goes, Cincinnati

SECOND PLACE: Weighting the Spin the Bottle bottleEric E. Wallace, Eagle, Idaho

THIRD PLACE: Liking the BeeGeesRick Guidos, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:Lying during my first confession (age 6): I hadn't actually committed adulterySuzanne Brooks, Quechee, Vt.

Asking when the baby was dueMitchell Kokko, Madison, Miss.

Reading the Classic Comics version of Moby Dick for an English class essayJim McMullan, Wofford Heights, Calif.

Calling my mustachioed female teacher "Sir"Wendy Maund, Woodinville, Wash.

Lying to the girls on just about every subjectKenneth R. Updegrove, Cedaredge, Colo.

Zillions of penny bubble-gum theftsDavid Oliver, Columbia, Mo.

Stealing my father's Playboy magazinesNick Radice, Vestal, N.Y.

Eating all the Crunch BerriesSteve Gilland, Westport, Conn.

Winning a fishing contest with a fish I found under a treeCharles Sides, Enon, Ohio

Convincing my little sister that worms are deliciousJerrod Mason, Tucson

Telling my sister we bought her at a flea marketDebra Hull, Bethany, W.Va.

Misplacing my silver spoonGary Denton, Long Beach, Calif.

"Illegally downloading" music off the radio with a blank cassette tapeMatt Marshall, Fayetteville, Ark.

Serving my sister a cream puff that I accidentally filled with horseradish sauce rather than whipping creamJohn Bibb, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Cursing at the stingy Tooth FairyDonald Campbell, Elkins, N.H.

Watering down my dad's booze, while unaware that my older sister was also watering down my dad's boozeJordan Zweigoron, Santa Clara, Calif.

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