We now live in an age where health and safety laws are often seen as having become so all-pervading that they are totally oppressive. But wind back the years and you will soon find out what life was like when nobody gave two hoots for such niceties as product safety and non-toxic ingredients. Take a trip down memory lane and see some of the ludicrously dangerous things our close ancestors considered perfectly okay.
1. Keep the kids radioactive
Yes, this was a real thing, an atomic energy kit for children that included small amounts of uranium ore. The A.C. Gilbert Company’s U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was launched to an unsuspecting public in 1950, priced at $49.50. This was a princely sum for a child’s toy back then, but can you put a price on fun like this? One suggested game was to use the Geiger counter supplied to hunt for previously hidden radioactive material, samples of which were also generously included in the kit – astonishingly.