Parents today wail about the bizarre antics of their children; from piercings to tattoos to teen taste in music. How easily they forget the strange undertakings of their own youth! They say history repeats itself; maybe that's the case, who knows? This collection of photos from days gone by do make a good case that it doesn't matter what era we are born in, young people will be who they are. Adventurous, bizarre, a little "out there", downright weird. And just remember: to your children and grandchildren, your old photos will be proof of how bizarre YOU were 'back in the day'.
Is he testing a new football helmet, or auditioning for a job as a human wrecking ball?
This 64-pound bodybuilder is Patricia O'Keefe. She demonstrates how to complete your weight training even if you can't get to the gym. Even for 1940, this is a little creepy.
This was the solution. Notice all the bicycles lined up down the sidewalk. Notice the horse poop in the street. Notice the hair on the dude in the lead. Ah! the good ole days.....
Flour mills packed their flour into printed sacks so poor families could use the fabric to make clothing. Just about everyone made their own clothing back then. Well, the women made the clothing for everyone in the family. Flour sack cloth was used for everything, from making clothing to quilting squares for blankets to feminine napkins. When the going gets tough, the tough improvise with what's at hand.
The idea of a motorized scooter is nothing new. History repeating itself, or just improving on the design?
You should have seen the one that got away! This black sea bass was landed single-handedly by Edward Llewellen. Weighing in at 425 pounds, this monster still holds the world record.
This notorious criminal is Helen Hulick. In 1938, Helen was a school teacher by trade. She witnessed a burglary, and did her civic duty by showing up to court to testify in the trial. She made one mistake: she wore pants to court. For this blatant display of civil disobedience, she was held in contempt of court and rotted in jail for five days. Oh, the shame of it all!
Even dogs were forced into combat roles in the German army in 1940.
Niagara Falls was dammed up in 1969 so repairs could be made. Wait a minute...isn't Niagara Falls a naturally occurring landmark? What is there to repair? Why can't we trust Mother Nature to do her thing without always trying to butt in and "fix" something?
British soldiers show the German tanks they captured in WWII. Between 1939 and 1945, the Germans recruited Hobbits into the Nazi war machine, sending them in their little Hobbit tanks to sneak underneath the Allied tanks and blow them up from underneath. All of this was pre-Frodo, of course. The Hobbits eventually wised up, returned to the Shire, and swore to never go there and back again.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) got his jollies by punking guests that visited his lake house. He would drive the car into the water, with the unsuspecting guest unaware that the car was actually amphibious. Methinks Mr. President had too much time on his hands. And I hope that car wasn't paid for with taxpayer dollars. Is the man in the back Secret Service, or running for Homecoming Queen?
Just another fun day at the fair in 1925. They had a special on ride tickets if you came dressed as your favorite KKK celebrity.
Maybe it's just me, but this seems so very wrong. The statue of Ramses the Great was dismantled to make room for the Aswan Dam. The statue was then reassembled at a new location. It just ain't right. Is there no respect for antiquity?
The whole world was effected by WWII, in one way or another. Even elephants were dragged into it. Here, an elephant works to load an American supply plane.
The original - and best - James Bond, Sir Sean Connery is seen on the set of "Dr. No", filmed in Jamaica in 1962. Connery is shown signing a coconut for an adorable little fan. Even Sir Sean could not resist that cuteness!
This is what 5000 phone lines looked like in Stockholm in 1890. No fiber optics here. No underground cable networks. I bet the birds were in paradise, though.
If you lived in the 1920s and decided you wanted to learn to swim, but you didn't have a pool or ocean front property or a river or creek to go to, what were you to do? This photo shows the solution they came up with: a rather unique way of learning to swim. Question: if you don't have any water around where you can learn to swim, why do you need to learn to swim? It's not like you're going to fall into deep water and drown.
Even in 1875, people wanted silly pictures of their dogs. We're assuming the pipe is only a prop, and the dog wasn't actually smoking.
If I had to wear those dresses and those hats, I'd drink, too.
Things were bad in the Pacific in the war, 1941 - 1945. Not sure what's going on here, and don't really want to know.
Notice the look on the kid's face. He seems to be saying, "Uh, seriously?" Guess they couldn't afford a horse.
At the first Boy Scout jamboree in 1937, these two scouts got into a discussion of the soles of their boots. Why? I have no idea. It remains one of the great mysteries of history.
Apparently shoplifting is as old as shopping. In 1948, Macy's hired in-store detectives to combat the theft of store goods. Life magazine did an article on the practice, and the "store detectives" agreed to be photographed but only if their identities could be kept secret. Was this the beginning of the Secret Shopper era?
New South Wales. 1936. Police. Chariots. Motorcycles. Put them all together, and this is what you get. I have no words for this.
In 1930, if you wanted to show the world how raunchy you could be, you signed up for the local ankle competition. Yep, ankles. Anonymous ankles. Shoot me now....
Apparently things were getting a bit dull in Sweden in 1967. So, to spice things up a bit, the Swedish government decided to switch the side of the road they drove on. As you can see from this photo, that worked out really well for them.
So these Russians got this bright idea to hand feed the polar bears from a tank in 1950. This guy is known as One-Paw Petrov today.
Think getting hit by a baseball hurts? Try getting clobbered by a meteorite. That's what happened to Ann Hodges in 1954. With her doctor, Moody Jacobs, she shows off the massive bruise left by the impact. Ann is one of the few who have been struck by a meteorite. Now THAT is a claim to fame!
Not sure of the date on this photo but the helmets look like World War I era issue. No, these guys aren't getting gassed. They're peeling onions. As everyone knows, that can make your eyes sting and burn and tear. So these guys made use of the government issue equipment they were given. Looks strange but it is effective for the job at hand. So let's hear it for American ingenuity!
Picture a hotel somewhere in 1956. Fill that hotel with chiropractors. Give them an x-ray machine. What do they come up with? Let's have a "Miss Perfect Posture" contest! Expose yourself to radiation and you could win a trophy! We'll even put your skeletal imagery up for the world to see. By the way, the lady on the left has a large gas bubble in her stomach. Maybe that's why she's smiling the way she is. Surprising that none of these ladies is blonde.....