Vintage books and magazines can tell you a lot about the way people used to live back in the day. When this old publication resurfaced on the internet, however, it raised more questions than the answers it provided.

It's from 1931 and it's called Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern (Electrical Protection in 132 Pictures). The book simply lists ways people could've gotten electrocuted and while some of them totally make sense (for example, touching a lamp), there are some that look... bizarre, to put it lightly. Like, that one about the guy peeing off a bridge. Continue scrolling to check out what I mean!

(h/t vintageeveryday)

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Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

Mental note: do not pee off a bridge

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Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

OK. What in the actual heck is going on in this picture???

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

I'm getting the feeling that this artist is not pro-electricity :P

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Nathaniel Bong
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1 year ago

The electricity traveled through her body and exited, of all places, through her butt...

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Hey let's electrocute uncle Stan for a prank.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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1 year ago

Poor Doggo!

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Because this is how you milk a cow.

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T Simmons
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1 year ago

I LOVE LAMP

Katie Jamberri Nails
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1 year ago

It does look rather erotic.

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birdhouse
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1 year ago

Is the bulge under those blankets his partners head? It would explain the look on his face.

Carmen Elena
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1 year ago

hahaaha didn´t notice at first but now I can´t stop seeing it XD

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Chris Mugea
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1 year ago

Oh I just love grabbing both my lamps on my nightstands.

Jasmine
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1 year ago

Is he getting a blowjob? Looks like a head underneath the blanket :D

Sue Knerl
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1 year ago

Lamp assisted suicide.

Larry XK
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1 year ago

Courtesy Dr. Kevorkian

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Janet Allison
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1 year ago

These people are going to a lot of trouble to get electrocuted.

Patrick McKemie
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1 year ago

Isn't that how 75% of superheroes get their powers?

Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

What. What is he doing. And why....

Kould B
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1 year ago

Was this a suicide instruction pamphlet? I mean who grabs two lamps like that?

Niko Kiiskinen
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1 year ago

POWER! UNLIMITED POWER!

Johnny Magumbo
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1 year ago

So people in the 1930s, including people writing safety manuals, had no idea how electricity works. According to these drawings, you should never come into contact with two different electrical appliances. How dumb.

desert29rat
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1 year ago

I think the lamps have reverse polarity; could be deadly.

Wes
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1 year ago

Is this some kind of 50 shades of lamp thing?

Viviana Torres
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1 year ago

it seems like an exorcism

Andres Rogue
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1 year ago

this one its so greatttt

Calvin Hester
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1 year ago

Epecially if they are on the same circuit.

J J
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1 year ago

His head is thrown back from the electricity contracting his muscles. With the current flowing through him he wouldn't be able to let go of either lamp. I know this from experience.

Ms. Understood
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1 year ago

Nah, this is just the guy from Black Mirror.

Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Yeah. Grabbing lamp will kill you.

desert29rat
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1 year ago

Metal lamps, reverse polarity; yes it did kill people.

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Last Hurrah
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1 year ago

Lights! Camera! Action!

Mate Enriquez
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1 year ago

Why do I find this so funny ahha

Aileen Cawlfield
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1 year ago

Because you always need to hold onto a couple of lamps when you are dying. That way you are almost guaranteed to spend eternity with Jesus.

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Peak25500
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1 year ago

The stove’s smile...

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Jo Smith
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1 year ago

"Be careful when fork jousting atop a hay laden cart pulled by cattle" - solid advice.

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T Simmons
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1 year ago

Just calmly sweeping that fire into someone else's problem

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Not sure what they are getting at here.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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1 year ago

The fckrs never die this way and they cut all the wires all the time!

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Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

This reminds me of that horrid game "Operation".

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Who the heck sits at a (very tiny, I might add) sink with a hairdryer?

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Because everyone grabs lightbulbs like this.

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diane a
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1 year ago

Cant have been a gold necklace

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Jo Smith
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1 year ago

What the? Who would put a light there?

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Analyn Lahr
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1 year ago

That probably did happen from time to time. People didn't understand the dangers as well back then.

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Notice how the ladder is leaning on the window pane? More likely to die being impaled on broken glass.

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Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

See? This is why I avoid housework.

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Nathaniel Bong
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1 year ago

This isn't electrocution, this is a house fire...

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Rory Macmanus
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1 year ago

Why is she cleaning an execution chamber?

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anarkzie
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1 year ago

I say, what's this light blub doing here.

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Ms. Understood
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1 year ago

Why is Bill Nye so angry???

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Katie and Jared Coates
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1 year ago

Papa why?!

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Ben Steinberg
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1 year ago

Maybe the electrocuted contractor laying by the newly installed mailbox would have been a tip -off

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

The artist is obsessed with lamps.

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diane a
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1 year ago

Get the feeling they used electricity before they discovered insulation??

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diane a
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1 year ago

Still valid today - if you are stupid

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