You only need ear protection if you're at an indoor range. It's not necessary when firing outside. Unless you have sensitive ears or you're chicken.
I've stood next to cannons at the reenactments, with them going off in my ear. That... probably wasn't smart, was it?
Anyway, I saw this hilarious question on Yahoo Answers:
I began drssing like a greaser because I wanted to attract the girls at school. I proved myself wrong. Nothing has happened for 5 years. All I've gotten is insults from Hip-Hop kids at school. Not only only insults, but rocks and fruit have been thrown at me.
That is one of the funniest things I've ever read on there. Not to mention the insecurity level of someone asking Yahoo Answers
if they should give up their individuality because someone on that site told them to. I do feel sorry for the kid's situation with the hip hoppers, though.
Man I hate hip hop.