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

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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.

Christine Blackburne-Kowal
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1 year ago

Well ... At least in the rain, otherwise GO FOR IT!

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Mother Mary Helen
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1 year ago

What the fork?

Meghan Turnis
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1 year ago

I'm really confused as to why the pitchfork is floating in his...region...

The Girl on Fire
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1 year ago

I'll remember this for the next time I'm riding on a wagon of hay with a pitchfork into a power line.

T Simmons
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1 year ago

First error- making hay whilst the sun isn't shining!

Christopher Mack
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1 year ago

I was thinking that too. Why would anyone haul hay/straw in the rain? Even if it was in the 30's. Farmers knew better than that

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Shari H
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1 year ago

Did people not have shoes then?

BusLady
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1 year ago

@Shari: No, in 1931, shoes had not been invented yet. Everyone went barefoot. 😁

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago (edited)

Those are telegraph lines, not power lines. And to my knowledge, straw/hay doesn't conduct electricity.

Larry XK
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1 year ago

Only when it's wet

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Karen Dalgaard
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1 year ago

But the cows are good, right?

Jessica Mills
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1 year ago

This could've went a whole other direction... Like maybe not hold a pitchfork up in the air...when it's raining...because of lightening? ZZzztttttt!

BusLady
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1 year ago (edited)

The pitchfork doesn't help..

Night Time Kyle
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1 year ago

he could have just ducked his head

Lisa J
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1 year ago (edited)

Don't lose yourself while acting like a pitchfork is your penis size.

Aileen Cawlfield
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1 year ago

That is exactly what I saw!

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Wes
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1 year ago

Metal farmer just rocking out. He's fine guys

Andres Rogue
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1 year ago

what we learned here kids?

Keanric Choy
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1 year ago (edited)

This is the one of the few that are actually valid, even today

Calvin Hester
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1 year ago

1932 no height requirements on power lines and little respect for them as well.

ispeak catanese
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1 year ago

Amazing how anyone survived 1930s electricity. Such culling of the herd!

Nikki
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1 year ago

Well to be fair, this looks dangerous regardless

Timothy Mathews
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1 year ago

Always keep your hat on.

Mate Enriquez
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1 year ago

Wtf?

BobbyK
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1 year ago

REALLY???!!!

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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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