20 Stupidly Dangerous Things That Used To Be Considered Normal

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15. Put your baby behind bars

Ingenious but insouciant parents who lacked yard space were offered another take on questionable childcare practices back in the day – this one the brainchild of a local council. If you lived in an apartment with no way for your kid to get out easily into the fresh air, then why not suspend them in a cage hanging out of the window? This bewildered-looking infant is hanging off the side of a building in the East End of London in 1934.

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Image: Sam LaRussa
Image: Sam LaRussa

14. Revive yourself with a radioactive refreshment

It seems remarkable now, but in the early 20th century a belief in the health benefits of radioactive substances was apparently widespread. One popular beverage of the day was Radithor Certified Radioactive Water. That said, the Wall Street Journal called time on these drinks in 1932 with the graphic headline, “The Radium Water Worked Fine Until His Jaw Came Off.”

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