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Started by mingmong on Oct 4, 2018 8:47:06 PM
Ailments and afflictions of yesteryear

There were certain things you much more likely to die of in the 70s, including: house fires (there was about 1 every 5 minutes), falling in a river and drowning, getting struck by lightning (as a result of sheltering/not sheltering under a tree) and getting gored by an angry bull (with a ring in its nose) because you were wearing a red jumper knitted by your gran

Diseases that you were in genuine danger of dying from included rabies, leporacy (for those that had seen Ben Hur ) and lead poisoning (from biting into a fishing weight and not spitting afterwards)

mingmong - 04 Oct 2018 20:53:59 (#1 of 464)

I knew a family that seem to have suffered more than their fair share of slightly weird, rare and old-fashioned afflictions. One of them (the eldest girl) had been bitten by an adder (when was the last time that happened to anyone you know or have heard of?). The middle kid's strange behaviour was explained by the fact that their mum had smoked while she was pregnant with him. The youngest one of them fell in a pond and was rescued by the family dog. I *think* that one of them (the mum?) might have even caught rabies at one stage, but I may be just imagining this. It would have completed the family picture if another of them had suffered thalidomide syndrome (but, as far as I remember, this wasn't actually the case).

machiavelli - 04 Oct 2018 20:55:29 (#2 of 464)


HouseOfLametta - 04 Oct 2018 20:55:31 (#3 of 464)


TheExcession - 04 Oct 2018 20:56:22 (#4 of 464)

I have an ancestor who was killed in a charabanc disaster.

HouseOfLametta - 04 Oct 2018 20:58:15 (#5 of 464)

A friend's grandad was killed by a cast iron cistern falling on him while he was having a shit.

Dubris - 04 Oct 2018 20:59:23 (#6 of 464)

What a way to go.

HouseOfLametta - 04 Oct 2018 21:00:47 (#7 of 464)

When you gotta go, etc.

mingmong - 04 Oct 2018 21:02:49 (#8 of 464)

Being run over in those days didn't involve any of this namby-pamby 'hit and run' nonsense.

We're talking treadmarks

Antimatter - 04 Oct 2018 21:07:13 (#9 of 464)

I have an ancestor who killed himself by throwing himself into an earth closet.

widenation - 04 Oct 2018 21:12:51 (#10 of 464)

The prospect of rabies seemed terrifying in the 80s.

Verdigris - 04 Oct 2018 21:14:21 (#11 of 464)

Lumbago and gumboils.

HouseOfLametta - 04 Oct 2018 21:16:09 (#12 of 464)


mingmong - 04 Oct 2018 21:16:43 (#13 of 464)

Then there were Strangers, of course, that every kid in the 70s was taught to be wary of. They would try and make you get in their car, often using poisoned sweets. Paedophiles hadn't been invented yet, but there were 'dirty old men' (a subject of comedy rather horror). Then there were 'murderers', who would just kill you for the sake of it. Some kids would tell you about a sub-group called 'torturers', who would do things like saw off your legs.

widenation - 04 Oct 2018 21:17:25 (#14 of 464)

Splitting your chest open after accidentally belly-flopping off the top board was something that made you shake with fear whilst climbing the steps.

TheExcession - 04 Oct 2018 21:21:12 (#15 of 464)

Having the wind change whilst pulling a face and sticking like that.

Verdigris - 04 Oct 2018 21:24:38 (#16 of 464)

Derbyshire neck.

HouseOfLametta - 04 Oct 2018 21:27:26 (#17 of 464)

King's Evil.

TRaney - 04 Oct 2018 21:28:58 (#18 of 464)


Verdigris - 04 Oct 2018 21:29:09 (#19 of 464)


There was a man, sick of the palsy. He had the palsy and he was sick of it.

TRaney - 04 Oct 2018 21:31:38 (#20 of 464)


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