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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2 years ago

Mental note: do not pee off a bridge

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Mother Mary Helen
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2 years ago

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

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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2 years ago

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

Stephen Wild
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2 years ago

In 1931 electricity was new to most people and they did not have experience with the dangers, plus the fact that the wiring was very primitive and presumably not grounded the way it would be later in the century. Most likely it was a heavy handed attempt at educating either the public or else perhaps the electricians...

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Roger Haywood
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2 years ago

People really did put lit candles on their trees.

Dian Ella Lillie
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2 years ago

When I was 4 years old back in the Netherlands we had a ceiling-high spruce covered with candles and angel hair, exactly as shown in this image (except more of both!). Glass baubles were a bit of a luxury so not too many of them, but it was a magical sight regardless. A foot of snow outside. Throw in the smell of coffee, gingerbread, and cigars and that's the perfect Christmas...

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Mother Mary Helen
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2 years ago

Worst. Christmas. EVER.

glowworm2
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2 years ago

O' Christmas tree, O' Christmas tree, I'm gonna get shocked by electricity!

Jonnie SeventyOne
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2 years ago

I've just found this years Christmas card.

Fixin'Ta
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2 years ago

It's metal tinsel touching the (undoubtedly ungrounded) light fixture, and the kid is touching both the metal tinsel and the metal radiator, thus conducting electricity through himself.

BusLady
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2 years ago

@Fixin'Ta: Thank you. That's what I was trying to say. You said it better. I don't think they make them out of metal anymore. :-)

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Molly Block
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2 years ago

I don't get it. My mom said when she was a little girl growing up in German, they would put REAL candles on the tree, with REAL flames, and you had to watch that sh*t or else burn down your house! But the tree was never decorated and lit up until Christmas Eve anyways.

Bunzilla
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2 years ago

My mother has similar memories, her family came from Holland. We still have the candles, but we don't light them. She said that they always kept a big bucket of water nearby, haha.

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BobbyK
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2 years ago

Another reason we don't have a tree besides our cats.

Jim Koblinsky
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2 years ago

I ran across the following at a university. A metal conduit carrying electric lines was hot with 115 volts on the conduit. A desk with metallic trim around the edge was pushed against the conduit making the trim hot. I could feel the tingling whenever I touched the trim. Building maintenance did not want to admit to a problem. They changed their mind when I attached a wire to the conduit and then touched the other end of the wire to a hot water radiator in the room. The arc that occurred was enough too convince them that there was a problem.

Cees Timmerman
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2 years ago

*to, and i'm glad nobody got hurt.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Those candles look pretty dangerous to me.

Rebekah
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2 years ago

Awww, poor train.

desert29rat
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2 years ago

Electricity was pretty dangerous in its early use. There weren't many safeguards.

Mindy Megas-Loucks
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2 years ago

I just wanna know why in the hell this kid has his hand on a metal steam radiator?!? Even if he doesn't get electrocuted, he's still going to have third-degree burns on his hand!!

Calvin Hester
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2 years ago

Christmas tree are still death traps in 2018.

Paul Marney
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2 years ago

No wall sockets, if you want electricity you plug into the light fitting😨

furious_lover
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2 years ago

oh, dear.....

Gerry Higgins
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2 years ago

I didn't know candles produced electricity

BusLady
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2 years ago (edited)

He's touching the old fashioned metal tinsel. I think they make it out of plastic nowadays.

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Nathaniel Bong
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Hey let's electrocute uncle Stan for a prank.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Poor Doggo!

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Roger Haywood
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2 years ago

Because this is how you milk a cow.

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T Simmons
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2 years ago

I LOVE LAMP

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Peak25500
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2 years ago

The stove’s smile...

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Jo Smith
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Just calmly sweeping that fire into someone else's problem

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Roger Haywood
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2 years ago

Not sure what they are getting at here.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years 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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2 years ago

This reminds me of that horrid game "Operation".

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Roger Haywood
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Because everyone grabs lightbulbs like this.

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diane a
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2 years ago

Cant have been a gold necklace

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Jo Smith
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2 years ago

What the? Who would put a light there?

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Analyn Lahr
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

See? This is why I avoid housework.

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Nathaniel Bong
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2 years ago

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

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Rory Macmanus
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2 years ago

Why is she cleaning an execution chamber?

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anarkzie
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2 years ago

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

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Ms. Understood
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2 years ago

Why is Bill Nye so angry???

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Katie and Jared Coates
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2 years ago

Papa why?!

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Ben Steinberg
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2 years 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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2 years ago

The artist is obsessed with lamps.

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diane a
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2 years ago

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

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diane a
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2 years ago

Still valid today - if you are stupid

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