23 Bizarre Old Photos That’ll Make You Wonder WTF Was Going On Back Then

#1. Life was simpler back in the day, with kids allowed to chew on their lead-coated pencils all day long.


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#2. And inventions like this baby cage hundreds of feet high seemed like a great idea.


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#3. In fact, they were pretty big on hanging babies off anything really, like their parents.


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#4. Or between bikes. Look how much fun this little girl’s having!


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#5. Or how about this home sun bed to tan while you sleep?


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#6. This handy device will help anyone on their way to being a (literal) chain smoker.


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#7. Who doesn’t want to wear a wooden bathing suit?


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#8. The race to be airbourne lead to numerous lunatics attaching wings to themselves and leaping off cliffs.


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#9. The more wings the better.


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#10. Really.


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#11. This handy robot shaving assistant definitely isn’t a horrific accident waiting to happen.


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#12. Someone decided it was time for “auto polo” to become America’s national sport.


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#13. And in 1958, Ford completely lost it and invented this atomic car.


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#14. This girl had a cuddly pet cheetah.


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#15. Safe driving came second to fresh coffee.


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#16. This lady could read your mind with her trendy hat.


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#17. And hitchhikers had this super safe way to travel.


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#18. Going to the salon looked like a scene out of The Matrix.


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#19. And this lady had an exciting Thanksgiving using her infra-red turkey cooker.


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#20. Nothing to see here, just a toddler smoking a cigar in the yard.


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#21. Then there’s this totally practical 10-person bicycle.


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#22. The future of fire safety came in the form of asbestos suits.


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#23. And this guy found a clever way to make his bike go REALLY fast.


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We’re glad these bizarre ideas and inventions are safely in the history books and not in the real world.