We don’t really notice how fast time goes by. But this time, we are taking you on a trip to the past that shows how our households have changed beyond recognition since the '70s.

And trust me, in most cases, it’s for the better. Take a chip pan, for example—these crazy fire agents that produced the best chips on the planet your mom can probably still taste in her mouth would keep homes on the brink of tragedy, and yet people adored them.

Thanks to the Memorial Device Twitter page that shared this illuminating guide, we now have the full list of the 40 greatest '70s household dangers all posted in order. Both nostalgic and utterly terrifying, they make you wonder whether people back then had less of a sense of health and safety. Or if it’s us who live in an overly protective mindset. Anyhow, I prefer the latter one.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

My mum set the kitchen on fire using one of these- we first saw the flames through the serving hatch into the dining room. Luckily the local Fire Chief and his son, a fireman lived next door to us.

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Nannychachi
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1 year ago

Making the opening smaller results in a quicker draw on the coals which gives a quicker hot fire.

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R L
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1 year ago

I still use ours.

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Bored Panda reached out to the authors behind the Memorial Device Twitter page who shared this viral thread which listed 40 dangerous things that were casually used in ’70s households. Introducing themselves as “a band from Airdrie,” a town in Scotland, the creators said that their account was inspired “100% by the book ‘This is Memorial Device’ by the genius Scottish author, David Keenan.” They added that “You will have to read the book to really understand the account.”

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AnimalsRuleHumansDrool
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1 year ago

What is it?

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Here's the bizarre video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQcGIZioqQE&t=4s&ab_channel=FunFinder

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wow that's fantastic
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1 year ago

"police! there's a stalker-" "ma'am, it's the fbi"

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Robert T
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1 year ago (edited)

My grandma had a manual mangle (wringer). Before the advent of washing machines with a decent spin cycle, my mum had a spinner, which was basically a small washing machine drum mounted vertically and it did a better spin to get more water out.

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When asked how they came up with an idea to create the guide to all the miscellaneous stuff from the past, the creators said that it’s just one of many countdown lists on the “Memorial Device” account. “But it’s the one that most people seem to identify with,” they said and added that it may be because it’s “Proper working-class history.”

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Natalia A
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1 year ago

Ahh, memories!!

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Donkey boi
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1 year ago

I nicked the red bulbs out of our and used then in my bedroom light fitting. The whole street thought my parents had started a brothel.

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DC
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1 year ago

I used one of these in 2014, 2015 in Berlin, because I couldn't afford a decent place to be ... so I lived in the basement of a guy who was too old (>90) to take out the trashy and broken furniture.

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We also asked if they can imagine anyone living with some of these crazy household objects these days, the authors said that they in fact experienced “the bathroom ceiling heater in Whitby last week. Switched it on—nothing happened. Came back later and it was glowing hotter than the sun. And it was fitted above the bath.”

The band added that they’re “Big fans of the coal effect fire and the immersion heater, along with the working-class shower,” and found “drawing the fire as total madness.” “As is buying a full-size crossbow from the Kays catalogue on HP,” the Memorial Device concluded.

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Laura Jones
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1 year ago

they gave out fantastic heat but the gas bottles when full were so heavy and it gradually went up in price to a ridiculous level

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Robert T
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1 year ago

Still exist. Still used.

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Andi
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1 year ago

could i just add that we all carried knives and no one got stabbed

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Robert T
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1 year ago

Ouzo gave me a terrible hangover.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

these are still used and are for sale new

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Natalia A
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1 year ago

People are so overly cautious. Unless you put your fingers in there (and you'd have to be stupid to do that), what would go wrong?!

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

The Striker- not very cool like a Chopper striker-60...c384b4.jpg striker-60daf50c384b4.jpg

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Alex K
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1 year ago

how can it get caught in your ribcage? would it run amok around your organs? wtf :D

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Natalia A
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1 year ago

This was awesome!! Never used it as a weapon though!

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Redfox
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1 year ago

I had these. Whacked myself in the nose so hard I thought my nose had gone to the other side of my head. I obviously did not learn co-ordination nor skill.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

the 'shower' in most British households back in the 80's

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

nicely mixed into a tune by the Prodigy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTBFZ-To2E

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DC
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1 year ago

That wasn't really frowned upon until the nineties. All my friends' parents, mine, and basically every adult we knew smoked in his house, his car, everywhere. Children's rooms ... not that often, but sometimes, too.

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Robert T
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1 year ago

Still done. In some countries, people do this to make extra money.

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Robert T
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1 year ago

My dad had one of these for the greenhouse.

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Rain WhiteBuffalo
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1 year ago

OMG I miss these shoes. I want a pair right now!! I remember having a pair in every color they offered (tan, white, navy and black). I loved these!!!

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Tài Trần
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1 year ago

In Viet Nam we have "shop gun" too. It's a brand name of condom. xD

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

apart from amusing whilst going down stairs these were a rubbish toy

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Dhukath
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1 year ago

70s & early 80's when appliances didn't come with a plug fitted!

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

If it ripped out the hair by the roots their claim wasn't fake.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

your younger brother's urine at best. A brown submarine discovered at worst.

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JuJu
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1 year ago

Pfft...just a matter of training.

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Bacony Cakes
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1 year ago

?!?!?!?

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

the originals look like trimmed twigs.

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Dhukath
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1 year ago

Worst when your foot can off and the whole thing sprang up and smacked you under the chin!

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

good old Viz characters

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Only in dysfunctional families would these be used a lethal weapon. The rest of the world used them to throw them at dartboards.

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backatya
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1 year ago

you mean Big shits

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

the door handle trick worked...at giving children dental PTSD

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Natalia A
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1 year ago

We do this in Cyprus for new year's. You clean the coin, wrap it in foil and drop it in the cake batter. Everyone knows it's there so they're careful:)

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M O'Connell
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1 year ago

Leaving a battery on an unregulated charger is something a moron would do. 1970s or otherwise.

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