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.

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T Simmons
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1 year ago

Just calmly sweeping that fire into someone else's problem

thepotatogirl
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1 year ago

your comment is my favorite on this post! XD

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A. Jones
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1 year ago

The fire broom is a very effective cleaning tool

Beeps
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1 year ago

You see, if she had a rake instead of a broom this would never have happened.

BusLady
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1 year ago

Lady, take better care of your cords.

Chelsea Bates
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1 year ago

She must be flashes mom

Ladies and Gentlemen
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1 year ago

what the fck is wrong with these people in these cartoons! Are they all in some sort of differently abled institution!

Stephen Wild
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1 year ago

It's 1931 and most of these people have very little experience with electricity, plus the wiring is very primitive. Don't be so judgemental and all...

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Wes
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1 year ago

She might as well put her foot in that bucket while she's at it

ispeak catanese
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1 year ago

Would holding the cord in one hand while tearing off duct tape with her teeth make the situation safer??

Carmen McLellan
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1 year ago

I feel cheated. Electrocution is not the direct cause of death here. It could have been, with the bucket of water and frayed cord, but no, they had to go and catch a broom on fire.

Jessica Mills
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1 year ago

Obviously, wearing the blister causing, pinching low-heel flats while cleaning house has clouded her judgment as she has a broom & is using it with a mop bucket.

BobbyK
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1 year ago

Just WHO has a cord so frayed???

thepotatogirl
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1 year ago

anyone who owns anything Apple

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CaptainHonischbrod
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1 year ago

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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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