I don't know if any of you ever got your first aid certification from St. John's Ambulance but in the old days they would show you the most horrific training films. One scene that stuck in my mind was of a woman at a party sitting on an upstairs railing. Of course she falls off the railing and lands on the woman carrying a tray of drinks. They then showed the various ways to treat the injuries that would result from this totally plausible everyday accident - extruded bones and broken glass embedded in the eye.
They used to also show us a film in elementary from the National Film Board of Canada that was all about what happened if you tried to play on roadside snowbanks after the snowplow went past. The resulting body damage and blood flow over the pristine white snow was just about the most horrific things I ever saw as a child and remember, I had been to Africa.
So it's with great joy that I post these great images from old time safety manuals. I love the crappy art and the way the creators have put some effort into imagining the worst things that could happen to a kid. For some reason they also saw the bicycle as nothing more than an instrument of death.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.