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

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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.

Naomi Armitage
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1 year ago

That and bare feet. Like Quentin Tarantino directed "Anchorman".

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Analyn Lahr
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1 year ago

Is he outside? Dude, bring the book and table inside where you can see better. Don't bring the lamp outside. Don't you have a lantern?

anarkzie
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1 year ago (edited)

He's also bare foot and staring down the electric current that is no doubt killing him, "That all you got?"

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S Bagci
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1 year ago

Why is his table and book outside ?

ispeak catanese
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1 year ago

Because this is The Depression, years before birth control and the Missus and his 19 kids under the age of 7 are making a rucus!

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PandaPiñata
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1 year ago

Norman Bates trying to read his mothers diary.

BobbyK
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1 year ago

Books kill!

Katie Jamberri Nails
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1 year ago

I love how he's angrily brandishing this lamp at that book.

Jessica Mills
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1 year ago

I need this table, it's all I need...and this book. This table and this book are all I need. And this lamp..this book, this table and this lamp. This is all I ne.......ZZZZZTTTTTT!

BusLady
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1 year ago

There's Uncle Stan again. Didn't learn the first time.

Jessica Strosky
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1 year ago

You damn dirty lamp i knew you were the one sleeping with my wife, and stealing my good socks. Now I'm gonna take you out back and teach you a lesson!

Aileen Cawlfield
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1 year ago

Always pick up your lamp Elvis Presley style.

WillemPenn
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1 year ago

After looking at these I wonder how anyone survived the 1930's? I mean if you could never touch a lamp how were you supposed to turn it on and off? And if every lamp in the 1930's was designed so it electrocuted you if you touched it, who was supposed enough to buy them?

Novin Twang
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1 year ago

Wow I see, the author thinks everything is a conductor

Kould B
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1 year ago

I don't understand. Why are there weeds growing out of the carpet/floor?

WaLe
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1 year ago

I have so many questions...

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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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